Sunday, May 31, 2009

Panorama Sunday

I'm not really trying to start anything new, I just couldn't think of a better post title. Here's a Liège panorama, looking over a different part of the city to the photos I posted last month. The two tallest buildings are the Kennedy Tower and the Simenon Tower, in that order. Third tallest is the cathedral spire.


Saturday, May 30, 2009

Saint Denis

A photo of the church of Saint Denis in the sunset. I've posted pictures of this church before but I find it a really interesting subject because of its unconventional and anarchic architecture.


Friday, May 29, 2009

Flagpolewatch Friday

Or is it Flagwatch Friday? Well, that would be useless, there's no flags in my photo. No, it must be ... Planewatch Friday, there's planes in the pic. But they're too small. I know, there's the sky, it's on the photo, we're watching it, it's Skywatch Friday!! And Naked-Flagpoles-on-the-Galeries-Saint-Lambert-Watch Friday.


Thursday, May 28, 2009

River, church, graffiti

Somewhere along the river Meuse.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège

The headquarters of the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra on a cloudy day. We get many of these.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Gratuitous sunset pic

Just because it's been a while. The Place de la République Française in the sunset.


Monday, May 25, 2009

Standard Champion

Once again Standard Liege are champions of Belgium. They beat Anderlecht 1-0 in the second leg of their play-off and won 2-1 on aggregate. It's party time tonight. If last year is anything to go by, the partying will carry on until after sunrise!




Sunday, May 24, 2009

La vierge folle

There were a couple of pertinent questions in the commentaries to yesterday's post so I am revisiting it. The work is by a Belgian sculptor called Rick Wouters, was finished in 1912 and has two alternative titles: 'The crazy dancer' and, my favourite, 'The crazy virgin'. The model is Wouters' wife, Nel, who based the pose on a figure by the famous dancer Isadora Duncan. The statue is part of the Musée en Plein Air (Open-Air Museum) of the University of Liège. Now that you know everything about this work, here's a side view.

PS: At the opposite end of the cultural spectrum, Standard Liège are playing against Anderlecht tonight for the Belgian League. It's the second leg of a final play-off, whoever wins, wins the League. I'll let you know how it went.


Saturday, May 23, 2009

La joie de vivre

This sculpture of a slightly deformed and oddly proportioned lady dancing naked is entitled 'The joy of living'. Whatever... If you want to admire the lady in person, you can find her in front of the Château de Colonster, which I wrote about a few days ago. In fact, you can just about make her out on that photo too.


Friday, May 22, 2009

Heavy cloudwatch

Heavy clouds weighing over the E25 motorway bridge over the Meuse. The E25 is one of the longest and most amphibian European motorways, starting in the Netherlands, crossing Belgium (bisecting Liège) and most of France, running through the north of Italy and then taking the ferry to Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily.

You can read many more beautiful and educational blog posts on the Skywatch page.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

It's ...

Watery Wednesday! In Liège, on the Meuse river, just opposite La Batte.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Château de Colonster

The Château de Colonster belongs to the University of Liège . It is used for official functions, usually hosted by the Rector himself. It also features a haute cuisine restaurant called La Crypte, staffed by students from the University's School of Catering.


Monday, May 18, 2009

American War Cemetery

The Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial lies just south of the University of Liège Sart Tilman campus.



Saturday, May 16, 2009

The sun came out eventually

Yesterday's scene with different lighting. The sun came out from the clouds and lit it up.


Friday, May 15, 2009

Greywatch Friday

Who said the Skywatch pictures must feature beautiful sunsets or clear blue skies? This is what the sky over Liège (and most of western Europe apparently) looks like this afternoon. Nevertheless, if you do fancy slightly more cheerful photos go to the Skywatch blog.



Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Watery Wednesday

This is my first Watery Wednesday post. And it's 100% water; a full frontal, no holds barred, unapologetically fluid portrait of the river Meuse. Splash along to the Watery Wednesday blog for more liquid entertainment.


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bloomin' trees

Flowers. We has 'em.



Sunday, May 10, 2009


Well done to everyone who correctly identified my holiday destination! You have won a couple of photos of Charlemagne's statue in the Parc d'Avroy in Liège. Why Charlemagne in Liège? Because most historians agree that he was born somewhere around here. More precisely, he was supposedly born either in Jupille or in Herstal, both within a few kilometers from the city centre. Others are even less vague in their estimates, designating Boulevard Piercot 22, 4000 Liège 1 as Charlemagne's birthplace. Or was that number 28?



Saturday, May 9, 2009

Guess the city

I've not updated the blog in almost a week because I was on holidays in a small town of the north of Italy. Try to guess which one:


Sunday, May 3, 2009


The bust of somebody called Henri Koch in the Boulevard Piercot. He was a Biology professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and was awarded the Francqui prize in 1951. Apparently, this award is good enough for a posthumous bust in Liège.



Saturday, May 2, 2009

Flowery peacock

Experimental gardening at the Boulevard Piercot.