Brussels, Belgium

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  Built in 1956 for the World’s Fair, the Atomiumis an homage to the future. It recently reopened after a complete renovation.  Photo by Roy Zipstein.
    Built in 1956 for the World’s Fair, the Atomiumis an homage to the future. It recently reopened after a complete renovation. Photo by Roy Zipstein.
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  Conix Architecten of Antwerp, Belgium, were responsible for the renovation of the Atomium’s interior, which includes these atomlike seating pods.  Photo by Roy Zipstein.
    Conix Architecten of Antwerp, Belgium, were responsible for the renovation of the Atomium’s interior, which includes these atomlike seating pods. Photo by Roy Zipstein.
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  The Grand Place—Brussels’s major tourist destination—was burned down by the French in 1695, but was rebuilt within five years.  Photo by Roy Zipstein.
    The Grand Place—Brussels’s major tourist destination—was burned down by the French in 1695, but was rebuilt within five years. Photo by Roy Zipstein.
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  Patrons at A La Mort Subite enjoy a modest glass of Belgian ale.  Photo by Roy Zipstein.
    Patrons at A La Mort Subite enjoy a modest glass of Belgian ale. Photo by Roy Zipstein.
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  Belga Queen mixes details from the former occupant, a bank, with modern restaurant furnishings.  Photo by Roy Zipstein.
    Belga Queen mixes details from the former occupant, a bank, with modern restaurant furnishings. Photo by Roy Zipstein.
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  The Belgian Center for Comic Strip Art was designed by Art Nouveau master Victor Horta.  Photo by Roy Zipstein.
    The Belgian Center for Comic Strip Art was designed by Art Nouveau master Victor Horta. Photo by Roy Zipstein.
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  The Galeries Saint-Hubert are the forerunner to the modern shopping mall. Constructed in 1847, they were the first glass-covered shopping arcades in Europe.  Photo by Roy Zipstein.
    The Galeries Saint-Hubert are the forerunner to the modern shopping mall. Constructed in 1847, they were the first glass-covered shopping arcades in Europe. Photo by Roy Zipstein.
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  Brussels’s fashion movement was spurred on in no small part by the boutique Stijl, a staple of Rue Antoine Dansaert that always manages to stay ahead of the curve.  Photo by Roy Zipstein.
    Brussels’s fashion movement was spurred on in no small part by the boutique Stijl, a staple of Rue Antoine Dansaert that always manages to stay ahead of the curve. Photo by Roy Zipstein.
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  Top-Mouton started with interior design, but branched out into other areas, including home accessories.  Photo by Roy Zipstein.
    Top-Mouton started with interior design, but branched out into other areas, including home accessories. Photo by Roy Zipstein.
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