Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Stranger In My Camera

I found a Diana F+ at a car boot sale several months ago. I'm usually not too keen on cameras from Lomography, but the lady selling it enticed me with the offer of a free, unused roll of 120 film. There was already a roll in the camera, so I took it with me to Belgium to test it out. The shots above were taken by the lady's daughter (I assume), and the only ones of her photos that turned out. 

Thursday, 13 March 2014


What's a holiday without a visit to at least one ramshackle second-hand bookshop, eh? Pele-Mele is a small-ish Belgian chain (there are two other branches in Brussels) that buys and sells books, magazines, records, and some toys. It's also a brilliant way to escape from a grey, rainy Brussels day. 
For the hardcore tram aficionado
The majority of books and records are Belgian or French, although there's a small selection of English-language books toward the back of the store. (See this photo above? It's here, as well as on the wall in front of it.) You might have to do some pretty thorough excavations to find an interesting book (be prepared to wade through lots of airport-books/Paulo Coelho/non-Harry-Potter J.K Rowling/perhaps even a Dan Brown or two!, you get my drift), as most of the tomes on offer seem to have been offloaded by backpackers passing through the capital. Still, isn't that part of the fun of second-hand shopping? The thrill of looking for treasure, the possibility of finding something special! 

Or you could simply pick up a few copies of Tram 2000 for the special tram-spotter in your life.
Beautiful wallpaper - I need this
Boulevard Maurice Lemonnier 55
1000 Brussels

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Rocks and Bones

You don't expect me to miss out on dinosaurs, do you? Even though I'd already been there on my first trip to Brussels, I had to revisit my favourite Belgian museum again. There's something pleasantly old-fashioned about this place - the beautiful wrought iron stairs, awkwardly posed models, and the glass-fronted cases in the geology section. Having lots of big dinosaur skeletons around don't hurt either. 

Rue Vautier 29
1000 Brussels