A sunny Sunday in Marollen

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Just entering Marollen via Zwaardstraat - Picture taken from the café next to the elevator

Sunday my friend Christian and I decided that it was time to go for a walk down to Marollen which is one of my favourite places in Brussels on a Sunday afternoon, especially if you catch the market at Place Jeu de Balle. We have both a special liking of oysters and white wine and one of the cafés at the of the market has a oyster stand.

We met at my apartment and walked along the Louisalaan to the elevator at Poelaertplein and from here we strolled down to Jeu de Balle where we found two seats in the sun after walking around there for more than 20 min. The cafés along the market were all full of sun hungry people like us and every café had its own chair game - everytime a couple left their table and chairs, 3 other couple were going for it, but in a friendly way.

The market at Rue Bodenbroek
The clientel is the young and relaxed people mixed with the large local population of people from Tunesis and Marocco.

It was late afternoon and the citys renovation team were already cleaning the place with an armada of green dressed cleaners, it is very organized. After enjoying the sun and some oysters and cold white wime for almost an hour, we walked towards Place du Grand Sablon, another of the many small pearls of Brussels. Here we visited some of the galleries and some of the shops that had open. This square has another charm and the clientel is different, it is more the money that are walking around these café - it is a place to be seen it you have something of value that you want to show of. 

From here we walked through the small streets towards Boulevard de Waterloo in order to walk down Chausse de Ixelles which normally is a busy shopping street. From here you can reach one of the other great places in the city Place Flagey and the lakes of Ixelles. From here you can again easily reach Louizelaan and if you are in Brussels this is a very recommendable circle walk on a Sunday.     

Pearl510 says:
Yes we've been having some lovely sunny Sundays lately haven't we? Simply adorable :)
Posted on: Feb 26, 2008
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