At the end of January I was working in Brussels helping to evaluate, and to produce project evaluation reports, for the Commission. There's a lot I could say about the spirit of cooperation working with agreeable, bright people from so many countries in an environment that fosters collaboration and the exchange of ideas, but let's just say that I cannot see how the Little Englanders here are going to be any better off by taking their bat home and pretending they can still punch above their weight. Forgive the mixed metaphors.
Place Rogier at night. It's in this part of Brussels that I stayed during the week. The EU office building where I was working was called Covent Garden, believe it or not.
That's a view from the 7th floor with the botanical gardens up to the left.
They have some interesting Italian restaurants too around Rogier.
Here are a couple of shots around St. Catherine's square:
I always try to make a point of eating once or twice at Bij Den Boer; the food is awesome and reasonably priced (for Brussels!)
Back home with Eurostar and Virgin Rail - tired but happy. And we did some good work during the week, which is always a good feeling.