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The Frenchification of Brussels transformation into a multicultural city

The Frenchification of Brussels is the change of Brussels as happened a century back from a Dutch dominant city into one that is amply bilingual or rather multilingual. Into the activities of new system, French was placed there as an alternative language with reference to being as a majority language and lingua franca. The most influencing aspect of this change was a shift from Dutch to French within the local Flemish residents as well as through the medium of immigration of French-speakers and international immigration and other related aspect and methodology.

The transition started slowly in the 18th century, but the activities for the transition occurred as the results of Belgian Revolution, where Brussels was the capital of the new independent Belgium. Irrespective of Dutch speaking mass in the prominence, demographically, French was constituted as the only official language and the language of the courts, culture, the medial and education. And this led to the major shift from Dutch to French as reaching by the late 19th century. Initially, there was a rise in the number of people who were bilingual and who learnt French at the cost of Dutch speaking masses. And with the passage of time, the number of monolingual francophones grew in the tremendous number and considerably. At the Half mark of the 20th century, the number of monolingual French-speakers crossed over even the number of bilingual French/ Dutch speakers.

By the 1960s the Belgian language barriers were made rigid and the limited the official bilingualism somehow to the 19 municipalities of Brussels. As the French speakers became prosperous, by the time Dutch too regained their lost prestige and reputation   and the Frenchification of Dutch speakers thus was restricted and prohibited. On the other side around the second half of the 20th century, Brussels became an impressive and effective international city and its internationalization brought an admixture of foreign immigrants, who, use to work in French or any other foreign languages instead of Dutch. Thus as Brussels expanded, there a good number of Dutch speaking municipalities in the near by areas at Dutch speaking municipalities at surrounding Flanders became rather French speaking.

As it is evident that Brussels became a center of immigrants from Flanders where economic strife and hunger was too common and this led to the feeling of the superiority of the Native Flemish Brussels residents as they developed over there other Flemish immigrants from the poor countryside who entrusted the decision to speak the rather “superior” French language. This led to the development of an education system that was bilingual in its effect and the Dutch was even not passed down by many to their children.    French there was used to be as main language as spoken at home by many Flemings. And this way, it occurred to be an apparent mode of education and learning.

Crowne Plaza Brussels Airport, Brussels hotels near Airport

Crowne Plaza Brussels Airport, Brussels hotels near Airport

Crowne Plaza Brussels Airport, Brussels hotels near Airport

Overview of the Hotel: Crowne Plaza Brussels Airport is in close proximity to Brussels National Airport and surrounded by the corporate village, with many international companies, plus the beautiful 3HA park. Brussels Airport is an international airport 6 NM (11 km; 6.9 mi) northeast of Brussels, Belgium. The airport is partially in Zaventem partially in the Diegem area of Machelen. The airport is home to around 260 companies, together directly employing 20,000 people. There is a free shuttle service that runs for part of the day to this Crowne Plaza Brussels.Guests can start each day with an American-style breakfast buffet. There is a fitness center, sauna and there area Turkish bathtubs. When the weather is sunny, guests can enjoy the terrace or organize a barbecue. The modern restaurant serves lunch and dinner. The [email protected] serves a selection of Belgian beers and has views of the terrace and park. There is 24-hour room service.

Amenities at the Hotel: The hotel offers Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Grounds, Terrace, Non-Smoking Rooms, Rooms/Facilities for Disabled Guests, Elevator, Safe, Soundproofed Rooms, Design Hotel, Baggage Storage, Air Conditioning, Sauna, Fitness Center, and Turkish/Steam Bath. Other services include Room Service, Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Airport Shuttle, Business Center, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Breakfast in the Room, Ironing Service, Shoe Shine, and Fax/Photocopying. Wi-fi is available in public areas and costs EUR 25 per 24 hours. Public parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed) and costs GBP 15 per day.

Hotel Rules: The check in time for the hotel is from 14:00 hours and the check out time is until 12:00 hours. Cancellation and prepayment policies vary by room type. All children under 12 years stay free of charge when using existing bedding. All children under 2 years stay free of charge for cots. All older children or adults are charged EUR 50 per night per person for extra beds. Maximum capacity of total guests in a room is 2. Supplements will not be calculated automatically in the total costs and have to be paid separately in the hotel. Pets are allowed. Charges may be applicable.  Accepted credit cards are American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, and Diners Club. The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorize credit cards prior to arrival. The free shuttle service is available every 20 minutes from Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. until 10:50 p.m. At the weekends and during public holidays guests need to phone the hotel for a private shuttle from 6:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

Hotel Room Types and Rates:

Standard Room: € 132
Included in room price: 6 % VAT

Park _ Fly Offer - Free Parking: € 280
Included in room price: 6 % VAT

Double Room (Special Offer): € 225
Included in room price: 6 % VAT, Breakfast

Standard Room: € 320
Included in room price: 6 % VAT

29 square metres Deluxe Club Room: € 795
Included in room price: 6 % VAT, Breakfast

B-Aparthotels Grand-Place, Brussels hotels near Grand Place

B-Aparthotels Grand-Place, Brussels hotels near Grand Place

B-Aparthotels Grand-Place, Brussels hotels near Grand Place

Overview of the Hotel: B-Aparthotels is situated in close proximity to Brussels’ cultural attractions as well as important business and governmental areas. Stroll around the old town centre, along the famous small fountain statue of Manneken Pis. On the main square of the Grand Place you can admire Brussels’ remarkable Gothic Town Hall or visit the City of Brussels Museum. More Gothic grandeur is to be found in the St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral at the Treurenberg hill. For shopping, the centre is also an excellent base. Browse around the large City 2 mall or discover the charming little boutiques and brasseries of the Royal St. Hubert arcades.Part of the EU Quarter, Brussels Park is surrounded by the Royal Palace of Brussels, the Belgian Parliament and the U.S.A. embassy. Conveniently located near Grand Place and Rue des Bouchers, these apartment suites provide a trendy, stylish and comfortable base in central Brussels.

Amenities at the Hotel: The hotel offers Non-Smoking Rooms, Elevator, Safe, Heating, Design Hotel, All Public and Private spaces non-smoking, and Air Conditioning. Other services include Laundry and Dry Cleaning. Wi-fi is available in the entire hotel and costs EUR 9.95 per 24 hours. Public parking is possible on site (reservation is needed) and costs EUR 25 per day.

Hotel Rules: The Check-in time for the hotel is from 14:00 hours and the check out time is until 11:00 hours. Cancellation and prepayment policies vary by room type. All children under 3 years stay free of charge when using existing bedding. All children under 2 years are charged EUR 10 per night for cots. All older children or adults are charged EUR 45 per night per person for extra beds. Maximum capacity of extra beds/babycots in a room is 1. Any type of extra bed/cot or crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by the hotel. Supplements will not be calculated automatically in the total costs and have to be paid separately in the hotel. Pets are not allowed. When booking more than 7 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply. Accepted credit cards are American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, and Diners Club. The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorize credit cards prior to arrival.

Hotel Room types and Rates:

Apartment: € 249
Included in room price: 6 % VAT

Luxury Room: € 189
Included in room price: 6 % VAT

Royal Windsor Hotel Grand Place, five star hotels in Brussels

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  • Overview of the Hotel: The hotel is situated at the center of Brussels; hardly 2 minutes walk away from the Grand Place and Brussels Central Station. The hotel has well equipped air conditioned rooms with a flat screen TV, free internet and a marble bathroom. The Chutney’s bar-restaurant at the hotel provides meals and cocktails with terrace having a look of the city. The hotel is located 165 yards away from The Square conference center. Zaventem Airport is about 20 minute drives away from there. The hotel has about 266 rooms and it is the Chain of Warwick Hotels.
    • Amenities in Hotel: There are some general services and facilities in the hotel that is provided to the visitors.  These amenities include restaurant, bar, 24-hour front desk, newspapers, non-smoking rooms, elevator, express check-in/check-out, safe, baggage storage, gay friendly, allergy-free room available, air conditioning. The services that is provided to users are and included in the  hotel are room service, meeting/banquet facilities, business center, babysitting/child services, laundry, dry cleaning, vip room facilities, breakfast in the room, ironing service, shoe shine and fax/photocopying. Wired internet is available in the hotel and it is completely free of charge.
    • Hotel Rules: As per the policies and rules concerned in the hotel there are some common rules for every visitor to follow in the hotel. However, these rules in the hotel vary from hotel rooms to hotel rooms. The check in time into hotel is 14:00 hours and check out time there is until 12:00 hours. The cancellation and prepayment policy varies in the hotel from room to room.  Pets are allowed in the hotel. The hotel accepts credit cards of American Express, Visa, Euro/ Mastercard and Diners Club.
    • Hotel Room Type and Rates

    Standard Room: € 179 (Per Night)
    Deluxe Room: € 239 (Per Night)
    Business Premiere: € 209 (Per Night)

    Hotel Metropole, 5 star hotel in Brussels

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    • Overview of the Hotel: This excessively grand hotel is located in downtown Brussels at 10-minute walk away from the Grand Place and Brussels Central Train Station. There you can stay at Hotel Metropole which involves like 6 free minibar drinks. There you can enjoy the French cuisine in the Baroque setting at the award winning Restaurant L’Alban Chambon. The De Brouckère metro station is situated around 5-minute walk away from European Commission. Brussels Airport is about 7.5 miles away. In total, hotel has about 298 rooms.
    • Amenities in Hotel: In hotel one can enjoy a good number of amenities and services, some common services in the hotel are restaurant, bar, 24-hour front desk, newspapers, terrace, non-smoking rooms, rooms/facilities for disabled guests, elevator, express check-in/check-out, safe, soundproofed rooms, heating, baggage storage, all public and private spaces non-smoking and air conditioning. Whereas services in the hotel that a visitor can enjoy  includes room service, meeting/banquet facilities, business center, babysitting/child services, laundry, dry cleaning, vip room facilities, breakfast in the room, ironing service, currency exchange, car rental, fax/photocopying, ticket service.
    • Hotel Rules: There are some general hotel rules in hotel to be followed in Hotel Metropole and these hotel rules, however can vary from hotel rooms to hotel rooms. The check in time into hotel is 15:00 hours and one can check out from hotel until 12:00 hours. The cancellation and prepayment policy into hotel room vary from room to room. The Children below the 6 years can stay for free of charge in hotel while using the existing bedding.  The older children are charged about 30 euro per night per person for extra beds. Pets are there allowed in hotel. The hotel even accepts the credit cards like American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, Diners Club and JCB.
    • Hotel Room Type and Rates

    Superior Room: € 135 (Per Night)
    Privilege Room: € 165 (Per Night)
    Champagne Room: € 180 (Per Night)

    Sandton Brussels Centre, Brussels hotels near Train station

    Sandton Brussels Centre, Brussels hotels near Train station

    Sandton Brussels Centre, Brussels hotels near Train station

    Overview of the Hotel: Sandton Brussels Centre is ideally located, 110 yards from Brussels Central Train Station and the St Michael_ St Gudule Cathedral. Grand Place is a 6-minute walk from Sandton Brussels Centre. The European Institutions are a short ride by metro from Brussels Central Metro Station. At the main square of the Grand Place, you can admire Brussels’ remarkable Gothic Town Hall or visit the City of Brussels Museum. More Gothic grandeur is to be found in the St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral at the Treurenberg hill. You can also browse around the large City 2 mall or discover the charming little boutiques and brasseries of the Royal St. Hubert arcades. Part of the EU Quarter, Brussels Park is surrounded by the Royal Palace of Brussels, the Belgian Parliament and the U.S.A. embassy. The hotel has a private parking and a lounge with healthy snacks. There are 70 rooms and suites with free Wi-Fi. The hotel also has interconnecting rooms for families. The breakfast buffet is available until 11 a.m. in the breakfast area. There are many bars and restaurants in the immediate surroundings for lunch and dinner.

    Amenities at the Hotel: There are various facilities at the hotel including Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Non-Smoking Rooms, Rooms/Facilities for Disabled Guests, Elevator, Baggage Storage, All Public and Private spaces non-smoking, and Air Conditioning. Various other services include Meeting/Banquet Facilities, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, and Fax/Photocopying. Wi-fi is available in the entire hotel and is free of charge. Private parking is possible on site (reservation is not possible) and costs EUR 35 per day.

    Hotel Rules: The check in time for the hotel is from 15:00 hours and the check out time is until 11:00 hours. Cancellation and prepayment policies vary by room type. All children under 2 years stay free of charge when using existing bedding. All children under 2 years are charged EUR 15 per night per person for cots. All older children or adults are charged EUR 35 per night per person for extra beds. Maximum capacity of extra beds/babycots in a room is 1. Any type of extra bed/cot or crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by the hotel. Supplements will not be calculated automatically in the total costs and have to be paid separately in the hotel. Pets are not allowed. Accepted credit cards are American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, and Maestro. The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorize credit cards prior to arrival.

    Hotel Room Types and Rates:

    Standard Double Room
    Included in room price: 6 % VAT, EUR 3.50 city tax per person per night
    • Non refundable: € 479

    • FREE cancellation: € 499

    Suite
    Included in room price: 6 % VAT, EUR 3.50 city tax per person per night

    • Non refundable: € 309

    • FREE cancellation: € 339

    Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels

    The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium located in Brussels is one of the popular museums in Belgium. In Brussels, the museum is located at the downtown area on the Coudenberg region. However, Royal Museum is not as a whole in totality and there about four other museums too are associated with it. The Museum of Ancient Art and the Museum of Modern Art, Brussels are located in the main building. The another two museums, the Constantin  Meunier Museum and the Antoine Wiertz Museum is dedicated to specific Belgian artists and too are rather smaller in size and are located a few kilometers away from the city center.

    The Royal Museum has the collection of about 20,000 drawings, sculptures, and paintings those have life span of as old as from the early 15th century to the present age and time. The museum has vast collection of Flemish painting, including the work of art by the world renowned painters like Bruegel and Rogier van der Weyden, Robert Campin, Anthony van Dyck, and Jacob Jordaens. The museum also has a very attractive and much praised “Rubens Room” that has about 20 paintings by the artist. The Museum also has the much famous painting like the The Death of Marat by Jacques-Louis David. The painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, long-attributed to Brueghel, is also located at this museum. Here too paintings are on the forms and the subject of W. H. Auden’s poem Musée des Beaux Arts as named after the museum. The exhibitions at museum too keeps on changing as in February 2007, the museum showcased the exhibitions of Belgian artist Leon Spilliaert and showcase of the Christmas food in Flemish painting.

    As far as the structure that houses the Museum of Ancient Art was constructed as the Palais des Beaux and was designed by the Belgian Architect Alphonse Balat and further funded by King Leopold II. Balat was the king’s principle architect, and this museum was one of the primary objectives to the contribution in creation of Belgium.  The building was entirely made in 1887, and is a brilliant example of the Beaux-Arts architecture that uses the themed statuary to relate to the identity and meaning of the building. The extensive program of architecture in museum is architectural sculpture including four primary elements as Music, Architecture, Sculpture and Painting. The museum exhibits the works of Égide Mélot, Georges Geefs, Louis Samain, and Guillaume de Groot, respectively.

    Some other popular works of Art in the museum are the three rondels of Rubens, van Ruysbroek, and Jean de Bologne, who shows painting, architecture, and sculpture, are the work of Antoine-Joseph Van Rasbourgh, Antoine-Félix Bouré and Jean Cuypers. However, one can relate him to the museum only after visiting it.

    The Pantone Hotel Brussels, 3 Star Hotels in Brussels

    The Pantone Hotel Brussels

    The Pantone Hotel Brussels, 3 Star Hotels in Brussels

    Overview of the Hotel: Located in Saint Gilles quarter of Brussels, the Pantone Hotel is just a 5 minute walk away from Hotel Des Monnaies metro station and also the Louise metro station. Gare du Midi train station is also only 3 metro stops away. The hotel is in close proximity to the fashionable Avenue Louise.

    There are 59 quiet, well-decorated A/C rooms with a flat-screen TV, designer furniture and unique photography by the Belgian artist Victor Levy with beautiful view of the city. Besides free Wi-Fi in all the rooms, the hotel also has a breakfast room, a 24-hour reception, a hotel bar and a dry cleaning service.

    Amenities at the hotel: There are various services offered by the hotel including a bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Non-Smoking Rooms, Elevator, Safe, Soundproofed Rooms, Heating, Design Hotel, Baggage Storage, Gay Friendly, All Public and Private spaces non-smoking, and Air Conditioning. Guests can also avail of meeting/Banquet Facilities, Dry Cleaning, Souvenirs/Gift Shop, Tour Desk, and Fax/Photocopying services. Free Wireless Internet Hotspot is available in the entire hotel. However, parking facilities are not offered by the hotel.

    Hotel Rules: The check in time for the hotel is from 15:00 hours and the check out time is until 12:00 hours. Cancellation and prepayment policies vary by room type. All children under 1 year stay free of charge when using existing bedding and all children under 2 years stay free of charge for cots. Although one can avail of ant type of extra bed, cot or crib upon request, the maximum capacity of extra beds/babycots in a room is 1. Pets are not allowed in the hotel. The cards accepted here are American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard, JCB, Maestro, and Bancontact. The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorize credit cards prior to arrival.

    Hotel Room Types and Rates: (Inclusive of 6% vat)

    Large Double/Twin Room: € 219 and € 229
    Extra Large Double/Twin Room: € 219 and € 229

    Musical Instrument Museum (Brussels), renowned collection of 1,5000 instruments

    The Musical Instrument Museum in the ‘Old England’ building is a music museum in central Brussels and is the part of the Royal Museums for Art and History and is world famous for its collection of around 1,5000 instruments. Initially, it was placed close to the Brussels Royal Music Conservatory as with aim to showcase the earlier music instruments for visiting students. The, MIM collection was developed in 1877 with a collection of a about Indian instruments provided to King Leopold II of Belgium by Rajah Sourindro Mohun Tagore in 1876 and the collection of the celebrated Belgian musicologist François-Joseph Fétis, as from the procurement by the Belgian government in 1872 and kept on deposit in the Conservatory, where Fétis was the first director.

    The first curator of the museum Victor-Charles Mahillon, expanded the museum extensively as by the period of his death in 1924, the MIM had the collection of around 3,177 original and related musical instruments. He was known for its smart judgments in obtaining these large augmentations by becoming friendly with generous donors and in   friendly relations with Belgian diplomats designated at the  foreign posts, that brought those instruments back even beyond Europe.  After him, Mahillon’s successor at the Conservatory, François-Auguste Gevaert, organized several successful concerts of professors and students playing early instruments in the 1880s.

    After the First World War, donors and philanthropists there became rarer, and there between the period of between 1924 and 1968 only a thousand instruments were added to the museum. The exhibits in the museum shows up the Belgian musical history,   European musical traditions, and even some non-European instruments. The mechanical instruments there are shown in the basement of the museums, traditional instruments on the ground floor, the development of the modern orchestral instruments on the first floor, and keyboard and stringed instruments on the second floor. Visitors even in the museum are provided with infrared headphones so they can listen to about almost 200 musical extracts of the instruments on show.

    Some of the most famous collection in the museum is work of the famous Rottenburgh a Alto recorder, instruments as discovered by Adolphe Sax, a unique set of giant Chinese stone chimes, and the only existing copy of the luthéal, an instrument used by Ravel. The current location of the museum as if of 2000 is in the former Old England department store, constructed in 899 by Paul Saintenoy out of girded steel and glass in the art nouveau style as well as an eighteenth century neo-classic building designed by Barnabé Guimard. Operating hours for museums are between 9:30 AM to 4:45 PM Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and between 10:00 AM and 4:45 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

    Bedford Hotel & Congress Center, 4 star hotel in Brussels

    Bedford hotel and congress center, 4 star hotel in brussels

    Bedford hotel and congress center, 4 star hotel in brussels

    • Overview of the Hotel: This hotel with capacity of around 326 rooms provides a very big and massive indoor parking and a piano bar with a massive TV for sport events and activities. Manneken Pis is hardly 2 minutes walk away from here. All rooms in the Bedford Hotel _ Congress Centre have satellite TV and a marble bathroom with a bath. There is also available free Wi-Fi in the business centre and lobby area, where you can even get 2 internet computers. After having workout in fitness center more you can start American breakfast buffet in the Thomas cook restaurant in the hotel. Grand Place and the Anneessens metro station is a 5-minutes walk away The Brussels Midi Station with its Eurostar and Thalys connections is a 15-minute walk away.
    • Amenities in Hotel: One can avail facilities like Restaurant, Bar 24 hour front desk, newspapers, non smoking rooms, elevator, safety deposit box, heating and luggage storage. Among the activities in the hotel it has an ultra modern Fitness center. The services in the hotel includes room service, meeting and banquet facilities, business centre, laundry, dry cleaning, breakfast in the room, ironing service, currency exchange, shoe shine, car hire, fax and photocopying. For internet there is available WiFi that is a business centre and entirely is free of charge.
    • Hotel Rules: There many general hotel policies are available for and are provided in the hotel Bedford Hotel and Congress Center. However hotel policies and rules even can change from room to room. Check in time into the hotel is 14:00 hours and one can even checkout from hotel at 11:00 hrs. The policies in the hotel for cancellation and prepayment vary upon on room type. All children living under 6 years there can stay for free even using the same bed. Children below two years can stay there for free of charge for cots. In a room maximum baby cots can be kept. Pets are not allowed in the hotel. While booking more that 5 rooms there different policies are applicable with additional supplement. The hotel still accepts the credit cards like American Express, Visa, Euro/Mastercard. Here hotel keeps all the best rights to pre-authorize credit cards before arrival.
    • Hotel Room Type and Rates:

    Single Room : € 119.44 (Per Night)
    Standard Room (Hot Deal) : € 123 (Per Night)
    Double Room  : € 129 (Per Night)
    Business Class Room : € 154 ( Per Night)

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