At first it read like any semi-boring, glossy magazine article about a European city might - romanticizing the beautiful buildings and landmarks that every travelers' guidebook points out. But it pretty quickly took an interesting path, painting the city as a curious hodgepodge mixture of people and neighborhoods. I know very little about the inner workings of Brussels, which is a shame since I was born and lived there for two years. Here are some random facts (some probably more common knowledge than others):
The curious hodgepodge I mentioned came out the most to me in the photos (shops and museums that look like people's residences, a restaurant that looks like a train station) and these couple of sentences -
You have to dig a little. People don't show off what they have. You find amazing apartments in completely unexpected places. And it's the same with people. [...] It's hard to get a grasp of the place, because in some ways there is no place to grasp.It sounds like a larger-than-life-sized cabinet of curiosities; the type of city that you really do strike gold in when you go off the tourist attraction path. I haven't been back since the summer of 1996; fifteen and a half years puts me overdue for a revisit, no?