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Halle Gate, the fortified gate of Brussels

Monday, February 28th, 2011

The Porte de Hal as called in French) or Hallepoort as called in Dutch is a very old medieval fortified city gate of the second walls of Brussels. Constructed in 1381, Halle Gate is a 14th century gate as developed as the second set of defensive walls that surrounded the Brussels. The gate therefore named as the city of Halle in Flemish Brabant which it faces. The original gate there includes a portcullis and drawbridge over a moat. The structure that is still visible at the time. There for an unforeseen reason the other six gateways and the defensive wall were demolished, however, the Halle Gate somehow survived as it was used up there as a prison. Sometimes it was used as custom house, grain storage and a Lutheran church.

The architect Henri Beyaert restored and modified this 13th century structure as between the 1868 and 1870, and added to it more the austere medieval tower with more romantic Neo Gothic embellishments. The outer entrance of the gate that is towards the Saint-Gilles, is now close to its original appearance. At front of the inner gate, at towards the city of Brussels, Beyaert added a circular tower as been topped by a conical roof, involving a monumental spiral staircase. Beyaert even added turrets and a large roof.

In 1847 the Halle Gate made a property of Belgium’s Musée Royal d’Armures, d’Antiquités et d’Ethnologie (Museum of Armour, Antiquity and Ethnology), now famous as a the Royal Museums for Art and History. By 1889, the Halle Gate was felt too small to keep the most of the collection; therefore remaining items were transferred to the   Cinquantenaire Museum. However it kept on showing the armour and weapons. In 1976, the building was in too much risky position to fall due to the dangerous condition of disrepair and thus was closed down. Finally renovations started, the Gate was once again started in 1991. However, it this time too faced the lack of money however museum there kept some temporary article and collections. In March 2007 a new repair work started and the park finally reopened for the public in June 6, 2008. The museum now keeps the exhibits about the history of the building, and of the city of Brussels and its defence. The primary part of the museum on each floor includes as Armour and Armaments, the Gothic Room, the Guilds Room and the roof space for the smaller exhibitions.

Be Manos Hotel, 5 star hotel in Brussels

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Be Manos hotel 5 star hotel in Brussels

Be Manos hotel 5 star hotel in Brussels

•    Overview of the Hotel: The hotel is located about at a distance and walk of five minutes from Brussel’s Midi South Station with many Thalys and Eurostar intentional train connections.  There a buffer breakfast is there provided in the morning. For lunch and dinner, Belgian specialties and healthy menu choices are too provided there. There are total 60 rooms in the hotel.

•    Amenities at the Hotel: With respect to the general facilities as included in the hotel involves as restaurant, bar, 24-hour front desk, newspapers, terrace,        non-smoking rooms, elevator, safe, heating, design hotel and baggage storage. In services in the hotel are included as room service, meeting/banquet facilities, business center, babysitting/child services, laundry, dry cleaning,  breakfast in the room, ironing service and fax/photocopying.

•    Hotel Rules: With respect to hotel rules and policies in the hotel Be Manos, there exists a uniform and lateral policy at the common areas and rooms of the hotel. However, these hotel policies get varies as a person changes rooms. The check in time into the hotel is 14:00 hours and the checkout time is until 14:00 hours. There cancellation and prepayment policy differ according to the type of room where a person stays in.  Pets are allowed in the hotel free of any extra charges. Hotel accepts credit cards as American Express, Euro/Mastercard, Carte Bleue, Diners Club, Maestro, Bancontact and Debit card.

•    Hotel Room Types and Rates:

Standard Room: € 180 (Per Night)
Junior Suite: € 200 (Per Night)

Brussels lace, the popular hand crafted lace from Brussels

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

 Brussels Lace

Brussels Lace

Brussels lace is a sort of pillow lace that has roots around Brussels. There are many laces around Brussels that are too popular; however, the Brussels lace is strictly interpreted to bobbin lace in which the pattern is prepared first, then the ground. Brussels lace therefore should not be confused with Brussels point that is a sort of needle lace. Brussels lace is prepared in pieces, with the flowers and design different from the ground, unlike Mechlin lace or Valenciennes lace this help the long threads that form the design to be according to the curves of the pattern, whereas in bobbin laces prepared instantly, the threads run parallel  to the entire length of the lace.

Brussels lace easily can be recognized through its réseau or background, the toilé or pattern, and the lack of a cordonnet which outlines the pattern. The réseau is hexagonal, with four threads plaited four times on two sides, and two threads twisted twice on the remaining four sides. The toilé can be of two types, the standard woven texture like a piece of fabric, or a more open version with more of the appearance of a netted réseau. This brings the impact of the shades in the design an effect that was further used in the later designs. In Brussels lace, in place of cordonnet, the pattern is bordered with open stitches that then move around from the réseau or background.

Brussels lace is far popular for its delicacy and beauty. At its reality, it was prepared with the finest spun lined thread that is spun in dark damp rooms so that the threads do not become too much brittle. There only one ray of light use to be allowed in the room and falling straight on to the thread.  This the quality of this fine thread that prevents the mechanized production of the Brussels lace as well its production at other places as well. Brussels lace cost wise charge more than Mechlin lace, and is in much demand in   England and France. The production of the Brussels lace started in the   15th century and for the first time in detail is explained in England in a list given to Princess Mary at New Years 1543.

On the basis of Production, Brussels lace is found in three types including Point d’Angleterre came as the smuggled Brussels lace into the England due to a 1662 English Parliament bill that banned the import all sort of laces into the United Kingdom. And the lace with this name too becomes popular at other parts of Europe as well. Point plat appliqué is the name given to Brussels lace where the design is made on machine net, in place of handmade réseau. Point Duchesse is the type of Brussels lace that does not have a réseau.

Le Plaza, 5 star hotel in Brussels

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Le Plaza 5 Star Hotel in Brussels

Le Plaza 5 Star Hotel in Brussels

•    Overview of the Hotel: The hotel with ample space for private parking and spacious rooms is situated next to the City2 Shopping Mall. The restaurant there has a painted ceiling and a fitness room as well. The air-conditioned rooms there are quite decorated with soft colors and light materials. There a large breakfast buffet is provided in the spacious salon having high ceilings and glass chandeliers. Hotel Le Plaza is situated about a 5 minute walk from Brussels North train station and a 10 minute walk from Grand Place. The Rogier Metro Station is 220 yards away from the hotel. The hotel has about 193 rooms and it is the chain of hotel Worldhotels.

•    Amenities at the Hotel: One can have the best state of the art facilities in the hotel including restaurant, bar, 24-hour front desk, newspapers, non-smoking rooms, rooms/facilities for disabled guests, elevator, safe, baggage storage and air conditioning. In services one can enjoy the convenience of room service,        meeting/banquet facilities, business center, laundry, dry cleaning, vip room facilities, breakfast in the room, ironing service, honeymoon suite,      currency exchange, souvenirs/gift shop, shoe shine, car rental, tour desk and         fax/photocopying.

•    Hotel Rules:
As far as for hotel rules, the common areas of the hotel are being governed by the hotel Le Plaza. The Check in time into the hotel is 15:00 hours and the check out time is until 12:00 hours. The cancellation and prepayment policies there vary according to the room type. Pets are allowed in the hotel on certain applicable charges. The hotel accepts cards as American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard and Diners Club.

•    Hotel Room Types and Rates:

Classic Room: € 110 (Per Night)
Deluxe Room: € 140 (Per Night)
Prestige Room: € 170 (Per Night)

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