Belgium held elections yesterday, and it's a real possibility the country could split into two distinct nations—the Flemish Dutch speaking region, and the Francophone Wallonia region.
I like Belgium. I'd hate to see it split in two—which country would I root for in the World Cup?
Bruges is only an hour's drive from Calais; Brussels another hour or so from there. So last week we spent a couple of days touring both, since Daughter Number One is in town and hasn't been to Belgium yet. We wandered around Bruges for the afternoon, then headed for Brussels. Unfortunately, rain marred our visit, but a trip to the new Rene Magritte Museum in Brussels gave us a whole new appreciation for umbrellas and other everyday objects.
We also toured the Victor Horta museum, housed in his Art Nouveau-style home which he designed—including the furnishings, which, if you don't already have an appreciation of Art Nouveau, will endear you to the late Victorian style. No photos were allowed, in fact, we had to check our bags and jackets before we could even enter the museum. Check out some of the photos online, if you're interested.
Meanwhile, here are some of my photos—possibly the last photos I'll ever take of a united Belgium—beginning with Bruges, a medieval city in Flanders.
In Brussels, little Mannekin Pis was wearing one of his outfits given to him by the Latvians. (It is customary for visiting dignitaries to donate an outfit to poor little Mannekin Pis, otherwise he's naked.)
More photos here.