Atomium, Bruxelles

Atomium, Bruxelles

A couple of days ago we went to Liège, Belgium, for my brilliant brother in law Ph.D.

I didn’t plan on writing a post about this trip, as we went there very quickly, and I thought we would have just gone to the university to listen to his Ph.D. thesis & spent some time with the family.

Ph.D.

Which we actually did. But the day after the Ph.D. thesis & the celebration party, we went to Brussels.

I must admit Brussels is not a city I particularly like (what do you think about it?), but we went to a place I’ve never heard of before & I found quite amusing: the Atomium.

Atomium, Bruxelles

Atomium, Bruxelles

The Atomium is a monument built for the 1958 World’s Fair, that represents the cell of an iron crystal, magnified 165 billion times.

It’s quite impressive &  its construction was a technical exploit, as you can imagine by looking at the pictures taken during the construction works.

Atomium, Bruxelles

Speaking of that, 6 of the 9 spheres are open to the public; the highest offers a beautiful 360° view over Bruxelles.

View over Bruxelles from the Atomium

View over Bruxelles from the Atomium

View over Bruxelles from the Atomium

In the other ones, you can enjoy a permanent exhibition on the design & the construction of the monument, as well as a temporary exhibition.

During our visit, the temporary exhibition was “Talk”, a sounds & lights experience from the collective of artists Visual System. It was a futuristic exhibition, which I found suited the place really well.

"Talk" a temporary sounds and lights exhibition at the Atomium in Bruxelles

"Talk" a temporary sounds and lights exhibition at the Atomium in Bruxelles

"Talk" a temporary sounds and lights exhibition at the Atomium in Bruxelles

"Talk" a temporary sounds and lights exhibition at the Atomium in Bruxelles

In the central tube, the lift taking the visitors up to the highest sphere was the faster lift never constructed at the time of the World’s Fair in 1958.

There is also a sphere for children, where groups of children can spend the night sleeping in circular beds in little spheres & looking at the stars. No need to say, I was very jealous of that!

At least, we were able to play like children outside the Atomium…

Atomium, Bruxelles

Atomium, Bruxelles

Atomium, Bruxelles

Atomium, Bruxelles

Carrying the Atomium’s weight on our little shoulders was quite tiring though… So we decided to go to Bruxelles’ main square to have a drink in the sun & possibly a chocolate waffle, I mean, we were in Belgium after all, how could we possibly leave the country without having had a waffle?! ;p

Brussels

Brussels

The place was particularly beautiful shining in the sun…

Brussels

Brussels

Brussels

We sat in a cafe, chatting, admiring the buildings surrounding us & enjoying the last moments spent with the family.

Brussels

Brussels

Soon enough, it was time to take the road back home. But not before having had my chocolate waffle!! 😀

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10 Comments

  1. Oh wow – I never realised you could actually go in to the spheres. Somehow every time I've been to Brussels, I've missed Atomium (in fact, I hadn't realised it was quite that old) so I'd love to visit, but I'm adding the views to my list too. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

  2. The Atomium looks very impressive. I'd love to gaze up at the stars in one of those spheres! I haven't been to Brussels but the Gothic style architecture is very striking. #citytripping

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