Sunday, November 30, 2008

Christmas food

The Christmas Village opened this weekend. As usual, its main function is to provide culinary delights that can usually be obtained cheaper and better elsewhere. But it looks good!


Here's some closeups: Boulets (meatballs in a mushroom, onion and tomato sauce),


Choucroute Garnie (sauerkraut with sausages),


and Tartiflette (potato, bacon strips and Reblochon cheese)


Saturday, November 29, 2008

The Lion, the Camera and the Magic Roundabout

One of the lions of the Place de la Cathedrale, photographed in front of a merry-go-round placed there for the christmas season.


And here is a close-up, under a completely different perspective.


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Town Hall window

Here's another window picture. This one is from La Salle des Pas Perdus (the Reception Hall) of the Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall), looking out on Rue de la Violette.


And here's a direct view of the Hall's ceiling, seen reflected in the window in the previous photo.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Beautiful faux-gothic interior decoration in the Grand Poste, the old central post office building. The building will be renovated in the near future. When it's finished it will look like this.



Monday, November 24, 2008

More snow

As the title of this post suggests, it's still snowing...


Sunday, November 23, 2008

Here's the snow

The photos I posted yesterday were dark and noisy so the snow was not as obvious as it could have been. Here's a couple of much clearer pictures of snow in Liège city centre: Saint Denis


and the back of the Galeries Saint-Lambert on Place Saint Etienne.


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Winter has arrived

As far as I am concerned, winter is now officially here; it snowed today. Here's the proof, two photos of the side of the University main building in the Place du XX Août, taken from inside the Grand Poste, where we went to see the Etnik' Art exhibition. The reflections on the windows come from the works of art in the exhibition.



Friday, November 21, 2008

Passage Lemonnier

The Passage Lemonnier, an old-style, posh shopping arcade, by night.


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Enjoying the sunshine

Who said that you need a garden or a balcony in order to enjoy the sunshine?


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Moules, Choucroute, Filet Américain

A sign above a city centre restaurant, advertising their specials: Mussels, sauerkraut and 'filet américain'. As any American knows, a filet américain is raw minced beef, served with a raw egg, onions, capers and seasoning. In fact, it's what the French call 'steak tartare'. There is a theory for the etymology of the term filet américain: apparently, Christopher Columbus remarked that the natives of the New World liked to eat heavily spiced raw meat.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

Life in the 1950s

There is an exhibition at the Ancienne Eglise Saint André on everyday life in Wallonia. It includes this lovingly set up 1950s classroom


and this 'authentic' 1950s kitchen/dining room.


Update: I've just been told that the exhibition was on until the weekend, it's now finished.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Recycling has a lot to answer for

Here's a great idea: let's make a really ugly and cheap christmas tree and let's place it in the most central part of town, the Place Saint Lambert, in front of the Palace. Nobody will dare complain because it will be made of empty plastic bottles and will, therefore, have a 'message'.

Somebody went ahead and did it. Thankfully, it is not a permanent exhibit...


Saturday, November 15, 2008


Another photo taking advantage of Calatrava's design for the new train station. The sun shines through the glass roof panels as it lights up the hill of Cointe on an otherwise dark and cloudy day.


Friday, November 14, 2008

A view of the riverside

Not the most beautiful part of town but I liked the light.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Christmas lights going up

It may be mid November but the Christmas lights are already going up in the city centre. I know, I know, in the UK and US this probably happened a month ago...



Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Most Miserable Square in the World

Place Saint Etienne is definitely the most run down, shabby and miserable square in Liège, possibly the world. Some city bureaucrat decided that it could become a nicer, homelier place, if only there was an inflatable cactus-shaped scarecrow slap bang in the middle of it. Some other city bureaucrats must have agreed with him because they spent money on the conception, manufacture and creation of the said contraption, proudly bearing the emblem of the city. The mind boggles...


Monday, November 10, 2008

Busy being kitsch

Here's another universally valid mathematical equation:
An antique dealer's shop window = a kingdom of bad taste


Sunday, November 9, 2008

Autumn has reached the Citadel Hill

The leaves are slowly but surely deserting their trees on the Citadel Hill behind the Musée de la Vie Wallonne (Museum of Walloon Life).


Saturday, November 8, 2008

Autumn sun

A late afternoon view down the Place du Marché. Most of the café terraces are empty, and most of the trees have no leaves... it's autumn


Friday, November 7, 2008

L'enfant Jesus miraculeux de Prague

This is the statue of the miraculous child Jesus of Prague from the church of St Dennis.


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Another day dawns

Here's a nice Liège sky at sunrise


Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Les Chiroux et la Tour Kennedy

This is the Chiroux building complex, comprising the provincial library, a cultural centre, provincial government offices and a residential tower. Architectural masterpiece of the 60s. The residential tower is actually called the Kennedy Tower.


Monday, November 3, 2008

Montagne Sainte Walburge

One hill, three ways to get lost in it.


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sunset spider out for a bite

Here's one more Hallowe'en subject. I did something similar a few weeks ago but without the purple sunset.


What's more, this time the spider found a meal...


Saturday, November 1, 2008

Belated Happy Hallowe'en

I know it's not Hallowe'en any more but better late than never. Here's a couple of creepy pictures of bats from the Liège Science Museum.