February 10, 2014

Driving out of the capital

Remember the ride into the capital on that glorious warm and sunny Friday afternoon a few weeks ago?  
Today, I am leaving Brussels on the opposite site, via the European institutions' quarters, seemingly a perpetual construction site.
The footbridge in the second picture connects a building of the Commission with other European buildings,  the statues on both sites are by Jean-Paul Laenen and known as  the "Thread of Ariadne”.
The Cinquentenaire with the arches was commissioned under the governement of Leopold II to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Belgium's independence.
It is  Montgomery himself who is watching over the square with his name while turning his back to drivers as they plunge into the tunnel direction Tervuren.