The other week I had a most extraordinary day. I had read about a patch of land in an urban part of Brussels that had been reclaimed as a farm. And I'd also heard about a temporary "beach" that the city'd set up on one of the quays. Turns out, the two were only blocks away from each other, so I headed out to see them both. This involved transferring to a metro line I hadn't taken before (exciting!).
Just as I surfaced from the escalator at the Yser metro station, I saw this:
Ferme du Parc Maximillien, and it was set up in the '90s to replace a car park. It is such a glorious respite from all of the traffic buzzing around just outside these fences.
So... more about the farm. They also have a small vegetable patch and some fruit trees, and I believe they give instructions on setting up your own garden and composting, etc. They also have a hutch of Guinea Pigs (you know I love this) and smaller bunnies. I like the way that different species are put in the same pens, and everyone just gets along. What a great place!
Now... on to the "beach"! It's called Bruxelles Les Bains, and it's magic! They've brought in tons of sand, so that there's a beach on the quay. But the best part is all of the FOOD. There are booths set up on both sides of the whole stretch, offering Jamaican, Mexican, Argentinian, Brazilian, and... um, some Italian and French food. But 95% of it is all Latin or South American or island cuisine. YUMS. I want to know where are all of these people are cooking when they're not at the beach because I want to go to their restaurants!