Ixelles, Belgium

united_kingdomAlso called Elsene (in Dutch), Ixelles is the neighbourhood in which I live in Brussels (I’ve had posts about it several times on this blog Here, here, and here). I often go to Place Flagey and the Ixelles lakes located next to it. Here is how it looks during this warm December month 🙂


romania_flagV-am aratat deja poze pe blog din Ixelles, cartierul in care locuim in Bruxelles. E un cartier dragut, care mie imi place foarte mult, mai ales in jurul lacurilor. Dar haideti sa va mai arat cateva poze facute in aceasta luna decembrie, destul de calduroasa.

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ixelles flagey street

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ixelles bus station

flagey lakes

flagey tram station

christmas tree market flagey

man with dog

flagey tree market

ixelles ponds

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swan family

 

Textures in Brussels

united_kingdomDuring yesterday’s summer walk in Ixelles, Brussels, I saw different kind textures on the walls, ground and surrounding nature. It seemed like a good photography idea to try and capture all the different shapes.


romania_flagIn timpul plimbarii de ieri prin Ixelles am vazut diversele texturi ale zidurilor, pamantului sau ale naturii inconjuratoare. Mi s-a parut o idee de fotografie interesanta.

 

grafitti fluorescent pink paint no way out

floor in Brussels

coals

door, knob, window

old wall

floor and shoes

bark of a tree with pink bird poop

a part of a blue entrance door

Summer in Ixelles, Brussels

united_kingdomSearching for new stuff to shoot (or at least trying to see the familiar from a new perspective), I grabbed the camera and here’s what came out:


romania_flagDe vara

Eram in cautare de subiecte noi (sau cel putin de noi perspective asupra familiarului din jurul meu) asa ca am luat camera foto si iata ce a iesit:

 

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Because is Football world cup / Pt ca e campionatul mondial de fotbal

mushroom and two dwarvesHow many dwarfs you see in this photo? / Voi cati pitici vedeti in poza?

parc de l'abbaye, ixelles. brussels

Two girls walking in Park de l’Abbaye in Ixelles, Brussels / In parcul manastirii din Ixelles

wooden fence blurred background

wooden fence

camomile flowers

swans babies lake flagey

violete in fereastra

banca in parc

Sunday market in Flagey, Brussels

united_kingdomEvery Sunday from morning till 1 PM the Flagey Square is full of fruits, veggies, smelly cheeses and lots of flowers. It has a beautiful charm, especially if the weather is sunny and warm. I like to walk among the stands and enjoy the vivid colors of the displays, I like to watch the people and their bored dogs who accompany them in between the many legs coming and going.

Here are some bits from last Sunday’s Market in Flagey.


romania_flagPiata de duminica din Flagey, Bruxelles

In Bruxelles nu e ca in Romania unde exista o piata permanenta, zi de zi, de dimineata pana seara. Nu. Aici se organizeaza piata numai in weekenduri. La noi in zona piata de Duminica este in scuarul Flagey. Produsele nu sunt neaparat mai bune sau mai ieftine decat in supermarketuri, dar noutatea este ca pe langa clasicele legume si fructe vin si multi producatori locali de branzeturi sau mezeluri, si vanzatori de fructe exotice de toate felurile.

Pietele sunt in aer liber, se termina in jurul orei 13, dupa care scuarul se curata si se spala.

Piata din Flagey are un farmec aparte datorita florilor ce asteapta cuminti sa fie cumparate de trecatori, sau a painilor din cosuri cochete ce arata foarte apetisant.

 

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 united_kingdomAfter a tour at the market, we went for a walk around Ixelles Lakes, which are just across the street. The baby swans I showed you here grew bigger, the weather is much hotter that the one from this post.


 romania_flagDupa o tura prin piata, ne-am plimbat si in jurul lacurilor, ce se afla chiar peste drum de Scuarul Flagey.

Imi place sa observ oamenii ce vin la piata cu cateii lor plictisiti sau speriati printre zecile de picioare. Imi place sa ma plimb in jurul lacurilor din Ixelles, poate vad cat au mai crescut puiutii de lebada.

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Flowers in Ixelles, Brussels

united_kingdomTonight’s flowers around Etangs d’Ixelles:


romania_flagFlorile din seara asta in cartierul nostru, Ixelles 🙂 Au un aer romantic trandafirii roz, iar unii dintre ei miroseau divin.

bunch of roses pink dusty roses

roses girl flowers faded pink roses faded roses flori roz buchete mari floricele levantica

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Sunday morning at Flagey, Brussels

Cafe Belga Flagey Brussels People at Cafe Belga, a very popular place where friends gather for drinks/ Cafeneaua Belga, un loc foarte popular unde prietenii se intalnesc la un pahar

Place Flagey on a sunday morning

The end of Sunday Market at Flagey Place. People drinking wine / Piata de duminica din Scuarul Flagey din cartierul nostru: oameni stand la un pahar de vin

man reading newspaper on a corner coffee shop

Man reading the Sunday newspaper at a corner coffee shop at Flagey/ Ziarul de duminica la o cafenea din Scuarul Flagey

glass roof tram station flagey

The glass roof of the tram station in Flagey / Acoperisul de sticla al statiei de tramvai din piata Flagey

place Flagey and cafe belga

Flagey Square

many duck at flagey lakes ponds

Many, many ducks at Etangs d’Ixelles / Lacurile din Ixelles, cartierul in care locuim  au foarte multe rate

Flowers flower shop

Flowers at a flower shop opened on Sunday / Florarie deschisa duminica

Marvel in the city. Brussels, Belgium

united_kingdomDuring my strolls around Ixelles Ponds at Flagey in Brussels I often see baby ducks with their parents on the lake. Yesterday there was another beautiful surprise! A couple of white swans with their seven grey babies. It was an enchantmenet to watch them.

I had never seen a baby swan for real before so please share with me the joy of seeing this marvel in Belgium’s Capital.


romania_flagDes ma plimb in jurul lacurilor din Ixelles (cartierul in care locuiesc in Bruxelles) si adesea vad cupluri de ratuste avand puiuti. Dar ieri mare mi-a fost incantarea sa vad un cuplu de lebede cu 7 puiuti gri inotand pe lac si mancand iarba din lac. Vreau sa impartasesc cu voi bucuria la vederea acestei frumoase minuni din capitala Belgiei.

Couple of swans on Ixelles Ponds Flagey in Brussels

Swans with seven babies in Brussels, Belgium, on Ponds d'Ixelles

Swan with babies at Flagey, Ixelles Lakes

Baby swans in Brussels, at Ixelles Lakes

Sun and architecture in Ixelles, Belgium

united_kingdomIxelles (in French) or Elsene (in Dutch) is a neighborhood in Brussels, Belgium, about which I  wrote also here. Most of the buildings in Ixelles are (like in other parts parts of Brussels) with brick facade, not very tall, giving a feeling of a “toy city”. There are corner grocery shops and little restaurants, pubs or cafes with tables and chairs on the sidewalk.


romania_flagIxelles (se pronunta Ixel) e unul din sectoarele din Brussels, despre care v-am mai povestit aici. Multe din cladirile din Ixelles au fatada de caramida si nu sunt foarte inalte. Unele magazine locale vand fructe si legume dispuse frumos pe tarabe la colt de strada. De asemenea sunt si cateva pub-uri, cafenele sau mici restaurante dragute cu mese si scaune afara pe trotuar.

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pub at the corner of the street in ixelles, brussels

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another local grocery shop

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flagey art deco building

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blue door in Ixelles

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houses next to flagey ponds

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Evening around Flagey in Brussels

united_kingdomIxelles is one of the 19 neighborhoods (communes) in Brussels. Place Flagey and the Ixelles Ponds are the most famous parts of Ixelles . Following are photos made during this clear winter evening. You may not feel the freezing wind through the photos, but I assure you it was cruel with my hands holding the camera.


romania_flagIxelles e una din cele 19 comune (districte) din Bruxelles. Piata Flagey si Lacurile Ixelles sunt cele mai cunoscute locuri din Ixelles. Pozele urmatoare sunt facute in aceasta seara senina de iarna. Voi nu veti simti din poze vantul rece, dar va asigur ca a mi-au inghetat mainile pe camera foto.

church flageybird house ixelles pondsA bird “cottage” on the lake / “Vila” pentru pasarile de pe lac

cafe belga brussels 2014Cafe Belgaswan flageySwan with the head in water / Lebada cu capul in apa

corner building. belgiumecole communale ixelleschurch flagey ixelles belgiqueflagey buildingFlagey Building / Cladirea Flageybirds flagey ixelles duck on one leg lake brussels architecture layered housesgirl ixellesAround Ixelles Lakes you can walk or jog. Or just take photos. / In jurul lacurilor din Ixelles poti alerga sau face plimbari relaxante

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