Misty morning, Quidditch Practice and the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken

On the first of May of last year, I woke up to a layer of mist. I went out for a walk, camera in hand…

Misty Morning in May

Misty Morning in May

Misty Morning in May

Misty Morning in May

Misty Morning in May

Misty Morning in May

Misty Morning in May

Misty Morning in May

Misty Morning in May

Misty Morning in May

A friend invited me to accompany her to her first Quidditch practice. There was an initiation for interested people in Ghent. I just watched the whole thing, and I must say that it was pretty funny to watch. My friend told me it was exhausting. There were a few curious passerby who stopped to watch and some even joined in for a moment.

If you’re interested and you want to join one of the teams in Belgium; they can be found in Brussels (Brussels Qwaffles), Deurne (Deurne Dodos), Ghent (Ghent Gargoyles), Hassels (Hasselt Horntails), Mons (UMonsters), Leuven (Leuven Leprechauns) and Louvain-la-Neuve (Les Dracognards). On top of these, there’s also a national team called the Belgian Gryffins and then there’s a so-called ‘merc team’, which participates in tournaments and in which any member of any Belgian team can plan, that goes by the name of Belgian Blackbeards.

Quidditch Practice in Ghent, Belgium

Quidditch Practice in Ghent, Belgium

Quidditch Practice in Ghent, Belgium

Quidditch Practice in Ghent, Belgium

Here’s a compilation of a few short clips I filmed during the practice.

During two to three weeks every year, the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, located in the gardens of the Royal Castle of Laeken, are open to the public. The greenhouses, requested by King Leopold II, were built the late 19th century and resemble a glass city, with roundabouts, domes and galeries. I took more than 20 years to complete the project.

Royal Castle of Laeken, Brussels, Belgium

Royal Castle of Laeken, Brussels, Belgium

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, Brussels, Belgium

Garden of the Royal Castle of Laeken, Brussels, Belgium

Garden of the Royal Castle of Laeken, Brussels, Belgium

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, Brussels, Belgium

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, Brussels, Belgium

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, Brussels, Belgium

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, Brussels, Belgium

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, Brussels, Belgium

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, Brussels, Belgium

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, Brussels, Belgium

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, Brussels, Belgium

Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, Brussels, Belgium

Gates at the Royal Castle of Laeken, Brussels, Belgium

If you’re in Belgium soon, you’re in luck! This year, the Royal Greenhouses of Laeken are open to the public from Friday 17 April until Friday 8 May, except on Mondays. You can visit them for just 2,50 euros (that’s 2,70 USD)!

Open hours
Tuesday – Thursday from 9.30 am until 4pm.
Friday from 1 pm until 4 pm (except on 17 April) and from 8 to 10 pm.
Saturday and Sunday from 9.30 am until 4 pm and from 8 to 10 pm.
On Tuesday 28 April, from 9.30 am until 4 pm, the garden will be open for people with a reduced mobility.

Entrance and exit via the fences in front of the Castle of Laeken. There’s a parking lot in front of the Royal Castle.

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