Belgium – Brussels – Day 2 of 2

Today I woke up at 8:00am and had some coffee in my room before venturing out to explore more of the city.

First stop was Hôtel van Eetvelde, which was sadly under construction so I couldn’t get any good pictures of it. Hôtel van Eetvelde is a town house designed in 1895 by Victor Horta for Edmond van Eetvelde, the administrator of Congo Free State.

Second stop was Maison Saint-Cyr was built in 1903 to serve as a mansion for the painter Georges Saint-Cyr. The façade is about four metres wide, and is rich in finely worked ironwork that forms a set of lines, curves and geometric figures. Each balcony has a railing with different patterns.

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Third stop was Stoclet Palace, after a few quick photos of some various things along the way. Stoclet Palace was built in 1911 in the Viennese Secession style by architect Josef Hoffmann. It was built for Adophe Stoclet, a wealthy industrialist and art collector.

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Fourth stop and fifth stop was Arcades du Cinquantenaire and Autoworld. Arcades du Cinquantenaire is a triple arch in the centre of Brussels and is topped by a bronze quadriga sculpture group with a woman charioteer, representing Brabant raising the national flag. Autoworld is a substantial collection of vintage vehicles in extremely well preserved states.

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The sixth stop was the National Basilica of the Sacred Heart, a beautiful Art Deco church that was completed in 1970. Construction began in 1905 in Neo-Gothic style, but only the foundations had been completed before World War 1 broke out. Construction of the actual basilica began in 1919, with the architectural style changing to Art Deco, and was not completed until 1970.

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The seventh and eighth stops were Mini-Europe and Atomium. Mini-Europe is a miniature park that was started in 1989 and represents over 80 countries and 350 buildings. Atomium was designed and constructed for the 1958 Brussels World Expo by architect Andre and Jean Polak. It is 102 metres (335 feet) tall and has nine 18 metre (60 foot) diameter stainless steel clad spheres which are connected by escalators and stairs. 3 metre (10 foot) diameter tubes connect the spheres. The central tube had the world’s fastest elevator at the time; allowing people to reach the summit in only 23 seconds at 5 metres/second. The Atomium, was designed to last a mere six months and was slated for destruction after the 1958 World Expo, but due to its popularity it made it a major element of Brussels landscape. A weird piece of history about Atomium is that SABAM, Belgium’s society for collecting copyrights, claimed worldwide intellectual property rights on all reproduction of the image via the United States Artists Rights Society (ARS). There are numerous censored images circulating the internet, but finally in 2016 there was a bill enacted to allow pictures to be legally distributed.

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I then stopped for dinner at the same restaurant I stopped at for lunch yesterday; Tonton Garby, before heading to get a new power adapted, because I somehow forgot mine at home. After getting a power adapter I visited the Brussels Comic Strip Museum, and then went to Beer Planet and picked up a few authentic trappist monk beers that were recommended to me.

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I went back to my hotel room to edit photos and write my blog before heading out to take some night time photos of Atomium.

2018-05-23 – US Route 66 Day 7

Today we drove 350 miles from Vega, Texas to Grants, New Mexico. We ended up staying at The Super 8, which was a horrible hotel. We had no working air conditioner, no hot water, bed bugs, and no fire alarm. We saw the following sights today:

  • Route 66 Motel, Tucumari
  • Cactus RV Park, Tucumari
  • Tee Pee Curious, Tucumari
  • Town House Motel, Tucumari
  • Blue Swallow Motel, Tucumari
  • Motel Safari, Tucumari
  • Vista Gas Station, Tucumari
  • La Cita Flowers, Tucumari
  • Odeon Theatre, Tucumari
  • Quality Tire, Tucumari
  • Restored Gas Station, Tucumari
  • Route 66 Sculpture, Tucumari
  • Route 66 Museum, Tucumari
  • Ruins, Newkirk
  • Cuervo Church, Cuervo
  • Blue Hole, Santa Rosa
  • Joseph’s Bars & Grill, Santa Rosa
  • Club Café Sign, Santa Rosa
  • Comet II Restaurant, Santa Rosa
  • Musical Highway, Albuquerque
  • Premiere Motel, Albuquerque
  • Nob Hill District, Albuquerque
  • Route 66 Diner, Albuquerque
  • Triangle Substation, Albuquerque
  •  Kimo Theatre, Albuquerque
  • Dog House Drive In Signn, Albuquerque
  • Old Town, Albuquerque
  • San Felipe Church, Albuquerque
  • Monterey Non Smokers Motel, Albuquerque
  • El Vado Motel, Albuquerque
  • Westward Ho Hotel Sign, Albuquerque
  • Dead Mans Curve, Laguna
  • Cemetery, Budville
  • Old Town, Cubero
  • Gas Station, Cibola
  • Santa Maria Mission, San Fidel

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2018-05-18 – US Route 66 Day 2

Today we drove from Dwight, Illinois to St. Louis Illinois. We drove a total distance of 257 miles today and saw the following items (listed below) before visiting a bottle shop in downtown St. Louis called Saint Louis Hop Shop. I purchased about a dozen IPA’s too consume for the remainder of the trip. We headed back to the hotel for the night.

  • Ambler’s Texaco, Dwight. We met a guy here named Jack who also showed us around town. There was also an old bank designed by Frank Lloyd Wright; one of my favorite architects, as well as an old train station, and the Fox Development Center for the handicapped and mentally ill.
  • Mobil 1 Station, Odell
  • 1932 Standard Oil Gas Station, Odell
  • Meramex Signs and Rustic Barns, Cayuga
  • Old Labin Inn, Pontiac
  • Octane 66, Pontiac
  • Livingston County Court House, Pontiac
  • Oakland Auto Museum, Pontiac
  • Route 66 Museum, Pontiac
  • Old Pharmacy, Chenoa
  • 1931 Sprague Super Service Station, Normal
  • Beer Nut Factory, Bloomington. We purchased some beer nuts from here.
  • Arcadia Video Games, Mclean. This place was closed but we still got a photo of the outside and inside.
  • Downey Building, Atlanta
  • Paul Bunyan Statue, Atlanta
  • Palm Grill Café, Atlanta. We ate here. My dad has the Palm’s Burger with Chips. I had the Spicy & Smoky Burger with Chips.
  • Railsplitter Covered Wagon, Lincoln
  • Postville Courthouse, Lincoln
  • Lincoln City Hall, Lincoln
  • Pig Hip Restaurant Sign, Broadwell
  • Illinois State Capital, Springfield
  •  Cozy Dog Drive In, Springfield. We tried one of their “cozy” dogs… It was gross.
  • Arts Restaurant and Motel, Farmersville
  • Belvidere Motel, Litchfield. The motel is no longer open. It went bankrupt back in 2015.
  • Soulsby Service Station, Olive
  • Henry’s Rabbit Ranch, Staunton
  • Pink Elephant Antiques, Livingston

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