Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A little more of Belgium

Darn this short attention span! I had all kinds of good intentions for blog posts about Belgium. Maybe this set of miscellaneous pictures will jog my memory.

This restaurant was in Louvain-la-Neuve when I lived here almost 30 years ago. Sure, you can buy crepes on the street as a sweet snack, but here you can treat yourself to a whole meal of savory filled (and filling) crepes.

Louvain-la-Neuve still has a few older farm buildings, enveloped by new buildings.

This one (above) is about two minutes from Marie's house.

Looks bucolic, doesn't it? The Ferme du Biereau, now a cultural arts center and music venue, is right next to a school, not far from the Cyclotron Research Centre, of interest to all you nuclear physicists reading this blog. I remember going to concerts there--at the farm, not at the cyclotron.

Marie and I walked from her house to pick up her veggie subscription from the CSA (community supported agriculture). We passed sheep--notice the buildings of LLN in the background.

This CSA pickup was in "La Baraque." It's a neighborhood that is an alternative to the sameness of LLN architecture, mentality and lifestyle. Many of the houses/structures are built by the residents, who live cooperatively. Here are a few of the buildings in the neighborhood:

Refreshing to see these interesting houses after the relentless brick of Louvain-la-Neuve.


Deb said...

Interesting mailboxes, too.

Susan K said...

I want to spin then knit that sheep's fleece. wow!

MADeWH said...

Is that house made of hay-bales, or do they just insulate it? And, is that a privy next to it?

Priscilla Howe said...

Isn't that sheep amazing? I almost got a picture when it was looking at me, but it was distracted by food.

I think that's a hay-bale house under construction. It's likely that that's a privy.