October 28, 2012

Beer and bread in the university town

You readers know that very rarely I practice car-photography and yesterday morning, when I was driving into the city of Leuven (Louvain) next to the canal noticing a Jupiler truck in front of the Stella Artois facilities, I just had to shoot! 
"The history of Stella Artois is closely connected with the history of Leuven. The foundation of the university of Leuven in 1425, the digging of the canal Leuven-Rupel in the 18th century, two industrial revolutions and two world wars; all were events that played a fundamental part in the development of this beer town and... of the brewery Artois".
It also was the first cold morning and the Diestsestraat was empty, no clients in the bakeries yet.  This statue represents Dorre de Bakker, "a young, dynamic pre-war baker going to fetch the bread dough from his customers to put it in the oven. The statue shows that the bakers’ craft is a fine trade with a long tradition. It was made by Roland Rens at the request of the Association of Bakers and Pastry Cooks and the Friends of Baking and unveiled in 1979". 


  1. Een warm broodje in de morgen kan heerlijk zijn, Anni, een koud biertje echter..., beter wachten tot 's avonds...

  2. Ciao Anni, buona domenica.

  3. first cold morning. we are drowning in snow... it's time I get out of here again :) great pics. I'd kill for some fresh warm bread right now....

    happy sunday xx

  4. Leuven is always on our list for visits...

  5. As much as the beer and bread, I'm interested to see that there are still Yves Rocher shops in Belgium. There used to be some here, but they weren't successful. Pity, I like some of their products.

  6. De belles photos !!
    Bizzz Laure

  7. Beautiful photos. I do love some Stella....

  8. Ja dat lijken me toch concurrenten, maar ja misschien doen zomaar alsof. Bier en studenten passen wel bij elkaar hè.
    Fijne Zondag nog.

  9. Wonderful captures for the day, Anni! I always enjoy your posts/photos as a way of visiting your country and learning more of its history! Have a great week!

  10. Nice! Happy Sunday and greetings from Montreal, Canada!

  11. thanks for sharing.

  12. Hallo Anni,
    Meestal zie ik Leuven enkel van uit de trein... K'zal er toch eens moeten naartoe trekken want het is al meer dan 30 jaar eer ik er nog kwam!

  13. Typische Leuvense beelden.

  14. I certainly agree that the Baker's craft is indeed fine!

  15. Jupiler en Stella samen, dat heb je knap gezien..

    fijne dag

  16. Het beeld van de bakker is erg leuk zo midden op straat, ziet er tamelijk echt uit.

  17. We just had our first chilled morning this weekend. I was happy for it as it is always summer here. HAH Seriously, we go from summer to winter with little or no autumn. So, it was refreshing to wake up to a chill in the air and much cooler weather. FINALLY! HAH

  18. J'ai pas tout compris : le boulanger aller chercher la pate à pain de ses clients pour la mettre dans le four ? Ce serait sympa si tu traduisais...

    1. La statue ’Dorre De Bakker’ représente un jeune et dynamique boulanger d’avant-guerre qui va chercher la pâte à pain chez ses clients pour la cuire dans le four. Elle montre que le métier de boulanger est une profession noble, riche d’une longue tradition. Cette statue fut réalisée par Roland Rens à la demande de l’Association des boulangers et des pâtissiers et des Amis des boulangers, et inaugurée en 1979

  19. wat Stella Artois voor België is Heineken voor Nederland. Leuke shots heb je gemaakt vanuit de auto. Groetjes Dietmut

  20. Goed gezien... helaas zijn Stella en Jupiler één pot nat.
    Ik drink al lang niets meer wat van Inbev komt!

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