Car Free Sunday in Brussels (update)

no cars
car free sunday 2012

Today, Sunday September 16th is car free sunday here in B’ville. And the sun seems to be shining. I’m outta here. Bicycle heaven.

I’m back home with the photos from the Brussels no-car day 2012. It was an amazing day. The sun was shining in a way not often seen here. The streets were jammed with pedestrians and thousands of bicycles. There were musical events everywhere, food, people laughing, sitting in cafes, strolling around. I rode 6 different Villo bikes. I went down to the canal which looked sparkly in the sunlight. I rode over to the Grand Place and sat down to a coffee. Even in the expensive Grand Place where one buys a coffee in order to rent a seat the coffee was 3 euros, one less than normal in Athens. There was a Mexican band playing in the Grand Place. I sang along to “Cielito Lindo” more lustily than I probably intended. “Ay ay ay ay. Canta y no llores!” Brussels was never like this when I lived here before. Something happened. It got better. I looked around myself and felt…dare I say it? Happy. Yes. That was that strange sensation. What a great day.



Author: Blaine L. Reininger

Blaine L. Reininger was born July 10, 1953 in Pueblo, Colorado. Then he lived a life. By and by, he founded Tuxedomoon with Steven Brown in 1977. He traipsed around America, tuxedomooning until 1980, when he began to traipse around Europe. As a direct result of all of this traipsing, many musical compositions were composed, most of which found their way to some sort of mechanical device capable of reproducing musical compositions. This was mostly for the good. He now lives in Athens, Greece, where he is content.

4 thoughts on “Car Free Sunday in Brussels (update)”

  1. Hey Blaine
    Just came back from a day in the forêt de Soignes and at the Boitsfort Rugby Club, refreshed myself and cleaned my bike going through the fountains of Place Flagey. Don’t do it, the water smells funny.


  2. Great seeing you today Blaine. In fact went with Steven to the grand-place that was “all Mexican” and then to the place Sainte-Catherine after you left. So we probably came close to you at some point…


    1. i orbited around the center for a while. then i went home. the gangs of moroccan teenagers on bicycles were becoming unruly at the end. high spirits of youth and all.


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