Our itinerary for today is a visit to the Cinquantenaire, then to the EU headquarters.
What is great about sightseeing is that, you write a list of things-to-do/places-to-visit but end of the day
you realize that what really made the day more exciting are the unexpected sights and sounds that you come upon.
Big events, small incidents, they are usually the experiences that will forever be engraved in your memory and will hopefully
help shape your character.
I will not delve on the Cinquantenaire anymore (it’s in my Post #325). I took SIL there for two reasons:
one: there’s no entrance fee and, two: I am really fascinated by the Aviation Museum!
Well, fascinated by the early forms of flying machines but disgusted by those killer planes carrying rockets and
weapons of mass destruction (hey, did i hear that before?) whose main purpose is to decimate humanity!
On SIL’s proddings, we probed farther into the more somber entrance to the War Museum and found ourselves travelling in time!…
from the 1st world war of 1914-1918 up to the 2nd world war of 1939-1944.
I cannot imagine the fear, the destruction and the sufferings both those soldiers who went to battle and those
who suffered at the hands of those soldiers went through. All I can say is that, I am so lucky that I was not born then!
And may I say again that I am lucky that I was not born in Iraq … nor Afghanistan….for these two countries are forever in a state of war!
Anyway, back to topic…
After that creeping experience in the War Museum, we crossed the park of the Cinquantenaire and walked towards the EU.
Oh, in case some of you don’t know it yet – It’s the European Union or, used in this thread, the headquarters of the EU.
It is actually 4 metro stops from where we live but if you are feeling bouncy and the day is pleasant (meaning, not raining),
you can easily walk to the EU just to take a look at what this world-famous institution looks like, architecturally.
Well, to be honest, I warned SIL that it is an ugly building but at least, she can later tell her friends, with pride, “Yes, I’ve been to the EU! How about you?”
But crossing the park, we noticed some people with colourful flags and placards. Seems like there is a rally going on!
I’m not surprised…. we are nearing the EU and buildings like this one, all over the world, are always made venues for rallies
(same as that 3-people rally crowd infront of the British Parliament, and in some U.S. embassies).
But we later found out that that particular day was the International Women’s Day and similar rallies were being held
around the world as well.
This rally comprised of Muslims – professional-looking men and women! There were even babies in strollers! Students, mothers and fathers!
The rally was so damn peaceful that SIL and I were actually enjoying walking through the crowd and taking photos of interesting people