Saturday, June 23

All That Glitters Isn't Gold

Atomium Brussels, Belgium 4/07

SHINY

92 comments:

  1. I flew into Brussels in 1993 with kids in tow for a 17 day whirlwind European vacation. Our last day was spent touring Brussels before flying back to the States. I tho't we saw it all afoot - even located Mannekin Pis - but we missed this! My kids (me, too!) would have enjoyed it from the looks of it. Tell me more...

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  2. Very nice! To think it was built during 1958, it looks very modern. Yeah, I looked it up. ;)

    My photos are up. Have a great weekend!

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  3. Hey Jenn...that structure looks cool. It even have reflections that make it shine. Cool posting. Happy weekend :)

    By the way, thanks for your time to visit my blog :)

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  4. mimomma-
    I sent my long winded answer to your query via email!

    julie-
    Thinking like a teacher, eh?

    criz-
    When the sun shines just right the reflections are blinding!

    Thanks for commenting!

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  5. ooooh, pretty! That's really neat!

    And thanks for visiting mine :)

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  6. @minomma:
    it would not have looked so shiny at all in 1993. They just finished some urgently needed restauration of the Atomium last fall. In the couple of years before it actually had deteriorated so much that parts could drop on your head when marching underneith (which you couldn't anymore!!). Mind you, it was build in 1958 as a temporary building that only should last as long as the world exposition. But it go so popular that they left it.
    So now it underwent a big renovation that involved really taking it all apart and re-attaching new plates to the bolls. Now it should last for a while.
    The engineer that had designed it and had coordinated first built and then was coordinating renovation as well, died just before it got finished!

    It represents a chemic atom, hence "atomium" and represented the scientific optimism in the fifties. Often was said as well that the 9 bolls represented the 9 provinces of Belgium...but in the mean time we have 10 provinces.

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  7. dawn-
    Welcome, and you're welcome!

    goofball-
    Great information to share with us all. Thanks!

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  8. Chemistry is cool. Very shiny picture.

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  9. This is a great pick for Photo Hunt. Those things really shine!

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  10. I acutally thought of this for today's photohunt too. I remember seeing it in the distance when I was in Brussels years ago. I wanted to get on a bus and go and see it up close, but we didn't get time as we only had about 2 hours before we had to go back to the hotel because the coach was picking us up to take us back to the UK. Thanks for posting it.

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  11. It's a darn cool place to visit. And I am glad to know from Goofball's information about it that we went at the right time since it is now newly refurbished.
    The queue to get to the top ball was LONG, but the lower balls are all accessible by escalator and stairs. That's what we explored while we left the daddy in line waiting and waiting and waiting for our turn on the lift.
    After touring we spent time outside on the green lawn, ate a picnic lunch and listened to the band playing in the square! It was a lot of fun. I actually recommend the destination if you are traveling in Brussels!

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  12. Hi Jenn,
    They are certainly SHINY spherical things.

    Cheers Mark

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  13. I love the second one, with the little sunshine on it, and the "blink" Haha, Netherlands not far away from me. Never thougt that i meet one from there, here. Wish you great weekend. ;-)

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  14. I ove the last one, the group shot the best!! Very appropriate for today :) Great shots.

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  16. http://joecoolspics.blogspot.com/2007/06/shinny.html

    That is definitely shiny. I had seen that picture before. Or did I dream it? Who knows, I like it thought.

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  17. I've always loved the Atomium (is that right?) It looks good after nearly 50 years

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  18. Wow - what a great structure!! And you captured the shiny bits so well.

    Happy Weekend!

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  19. Made it with a baking mixture, it´s the newest from Dr. Oetker
    http://www.oetker.de/wga/oetker/html/frameset/olis-66sdme.de.html
    here is the link to the mixture. I have tested it. It´s Tarte au Chocolat. The best baking mixture for chocolate cake i ever ate. Maybe you test it yourself.

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  20. Did you mean you have seen photos of the atomium before?

    lol, you know when you are typing fast to comment of the pictures sometimes the message comes out the wrong way. But yes, that's what I meant, I saw the atomium in some other blog a while ago, kind of hard to forget something as unique as that.

    You too have a nice weekend.

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  22. wow .. cool artwork! really love that shine.

    happy weekend! :)

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  23. All I can say is wow!! That's really a work of art.

    Happy Hunting.

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  24. Very shiny and thanks to everyone for providing information on it. Happy weekend.

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  25. Very nice & shiny! I wonder if they polish it often so that it's so shiny? : )
    Do check out mine too! Have a great weekend.

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  26. Wow! That certainly is shiny! Happy photo hunting!

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  27. Wonderful photos! It must be a great attraction in Belgium.

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  28. That is just stunning!

    Mine's up. :)

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  29. yes. I been there in year 2002. the atomium is so nice...

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  30. Wow! I'll have to add this to my places to see! Very neat shots!

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  31. Wow! Definitely Shiny!! Thanks for stopping by!

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  32. What a unique photo for today! Shiny and intriguing!

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  33. Excellent photos. You must have a great camera. Interesting place

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  34. Love it! Those are great shots.

    Happy Photo Hunters. My shiny disco frog is up!

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  35. Shiny - not golden

    hope you have some sunshine in midsummer... we are far from it.

    --- of shit -- have a shiny time - that's what matters;)

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  36. Great picture for today's theme!

    Take care,
    Connie
    My photo is up.

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  37. that is a great huge shiny art!

    happy weekend!

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  38. Fortunately I didn't think of that ! I have a whole reportage about the Atomium on my countries & cities blog ! I went there the day the renovated Atomium was reopened again. Nice shots !

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  39. What great shiny stuff!

    Thanks for the comment!

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  40. I hope that "atomium" thingy isn't radioactive or something crazy like that -- I thought we had some unusual public sculpture in Vancouver but your photo "outshines" any of ours. Have a great weekend and if you have the chance do a little dance like Mr. Pipecleaner LOL.

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  41. That's beautiful! It is very shiny!
    Happy weekend! :)

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  42. I would love to be able to travel and see some of the remarkable sites in Europe! That is really something...
    ~~~Blessings~~~

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  43. Very cool! Definitely shiny! What a neat sculpture. :)

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  44. Wow! That's beautiful. Must visit it when I'm there. :)

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  45. That is fantastic.
    Thanks for dropping by.

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  46. That's cool, looks interesting.

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  47. Hi Jenn- is that your guy? Looks kinda smart with that blazer...

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  48. Excellent shots! It's not somewhere I've ever been, though I would have liked to.

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  49. Perfect and very beautiful! It is very shiny and I love the blue sky as the background.

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  50. Very cool. I love to see your pictures from around the world. Very awesome!

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  51. OOH! Very cool- I love the first one the best.
    Awesome shot

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  52. Some very nice and shiny photos.

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  53. Very cool! You can actually go inside this?

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  54. It took opening up the picture to its full size to catch the starburst reflection that you somehow centered on a star-shaped tile. Wow!

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  55. That's awesome looking! Mine's up too.

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  56. Wha ta great picture. It looks like a very interesting place to visit!

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  57. Beautiful photo definitely fits our theme of shiny!
    Have a great weekend!

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  58. That's a cool shiny piture! I took Chemistry---I figured it was an atom!

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  59. Very fitting for the shiny theme! Great photos! :)

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  60. What a neat structure. The glare from that would be blinding!

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  61. That looks very cool - and shiny! I know my daddy would definitely like that!

    ~Donny

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  62. That's really cool! I've never seen anything like it. I want to travel so badly.

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  63. What an amazing structure and it's definitely shiny!

    Thanks for visiting mine, have a great weekend!

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  64. Excellent shots, looks like a ton of fun!

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  65. Definitely shiny. Perfect take on the theme.

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  66. PERFECT for Shiney! and good shot of the fam as well.

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  67. Speaking of Belgium, visit my blog friend's place:

    http://www.mattresspolice.com/2007/06/mattress-police-news-briefs-3.htm

    He gives the best news in town!

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  68. Wow! All shiny and new. Very nice pictures and nice facelift for Atomium! Happy Hunting.

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  69. Hi Jenn --

    Nice pics! Can we get some details re the Atomium?

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  70. Very shiny indeed!! I'd love to see this in person! I search for these kind of things when I travel! Very cool!

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  71. Oh wow that's fantastic! Must be really something in person. Great choice for The Hunt.

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  72. Wow, that is awesome! Very neat...

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  73. Love your entry! I am really getting an education through these posts for PHOTO HUNTERS.

    I can't remember if you've been to my site to see my entry -- if not, please come. If you have, thanks for stopping by!

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  74. Wow that is neat, and great shots!
    Amanda

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  75. Very cool photos!
    http://burnettfamnews.blogspot.com/2007/06/photo-hunters-shiny.html

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  76. Cool shiny photo you have there.
    Have a great weekend

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  77. What a gorgeous structure. It is stunning and looks like something from the future. Can you really go up into those spheres?

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  78. It is an interesting picture and architecture!

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  79. That is really amazing and so shiny! Wonderful!

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  80. That's a very shiny object. Cool that you could go into it to visit and that it's almost 50 years old. Looks like lots of fun. Great family photo.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Samantha & Tigger

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  81. Wow, isn't that cool! Nice photos, got the shiny part down.

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  82. Those are really, really cool photos!

    Thanks for sharing. :)

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  83. Oh wow! I like this, what a cool photo!!

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  84. What a fantastic structure! Sure is shiny. I remember the World's Fair there. I assume it was built for that?

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  85. That is so awesome! I would love to see it in person! Great shot for "Shiny"

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  86. what an amazing sculpture! Awesome shot!

    Thanks for your visit, too!

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  87. Wow!!! amazing pictures.
    Double wow: look at all those comments! :)

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  88. That's the oddest thing I've seen in weeks. I think I like it.

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