Into the Trees

Did you know that we have a forest here? A legit 11,000 acre forest in Brussels – the Sonian Forest. It’s like the ultimate park. So far, we’ve ventured to the edge to the public park, Bois de la Cambre, which butts right up to the edge of the city. On one side of the street you’ve got your typical 10-story buildings and then across – bam! Forest! It’s pretty cool, and we’re lucky to have this little (ok, pretty big) gem just down the street.

Bois de la CambreBois de la CambreBois de la CambreBois de la CambreThe Bois holds a lake with an island, called Robinson’s island, in the center. You can take the ferry to the island, where they have a restaurant and ballroom. Oh, and here’s the weird part (this may be a bit of a random thought right here since we’re talking about lakes and all but this is where we were standing when we noticed) ice cream trucks are all over the place. It’s something like 8 degrees Celsius (45ish Fahrenheit) and ice cream is selling like hot cakes (hehe).

Bois de la CambreBois de la CambreBois de la CambreJust North of the Bois de la Cambre lies the Abbaye de la Cambre. The monastery grounds house the abbey church for a catholic parish, an art school, and the headquarters for the Belgian National Geographic Institute. Abbaye de la CambreAbbaye de la CambreI spy J.Abbaye de la Cambre

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3 responses to “Into the Trees

  1. Beautiful scenery. Thanks for sharing. I’m enjoying your posts. Before my son Larry died, he worked in Europe and Africa – 7 different countries in 10 years – and he did a lot of exploring on his off days….sent hundreds of pictures to us and his friends here at home. I was able to experience those different cultures and some pretty amazing pictures during this this time – from 1995 to 2005. Wow…I just noticed the spelling of le bois et l’abbaye…
    de la cambre….pretty close to Delcambre, which is a fairly common name here in SW LA…..Ok enough mind wondering….just wanted to share a few thoughts.

  2. Katherine

    I used to live right near the abbey, so beautiful. And such a shame that so few people knew about it.

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