A random walk through Brussels in the closing days of 2007. The journey takes in the districts of Ixelles & St Gilles in the south with their combination of Art Deco, Art Nouveau and other architectural styles. A fine example of Art Nouveau is the house built for the industrialist Edouard Hannon with its frescos by Boudouin, which today houses the Espace Photographique Contretype.
Walking along the Avenue Louise and the streets surrounding it reveals the grand houses of Brussels. At the end of Avenue Louise lies the Abbye de la Cambre, the 12th century Benedictine Abby which formed the origins of the village of Ixelles long before it became part of Brussels with the construction of Avenue Louise in the 1840s.
Our walk continues to the centre of Brussels and the Christmas market in Place Ste Catherine and beyond to the Grand Place.