Today I will TRY to get to 28, rue de la Montagne, site of the old Hotel le Grand Miroir where Baudelaire lived during his infamous stay in Brussels in 1864-66—hating every single second of it and despising the Belgians, the Flemish, with a venomous passion. What to say on hearing a Belgian has died, he wonders? “At last!” Also on the same walk I can walk down the Rue des Cendres (Ashes) where the hospital was that Baudelaire was taken after he suffered his life-ending collapse, and the corner of Cendres and Blanchisserie which was the site of Lady Richmond’s mansion, where she staged “the most famous ball in history”, attended by Wellington and his generals on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo. As this day is flying by now, I might do that later, after dark, when there are less people around. Concentrate now on Cine Paris, early Fifth Avenue, then have a few beers in the Rue d’Aerschot while checking out the window girls. Thank god I, at least, have got my priorities right.
So what of yesterday? A lovely Irish Breakfast in O’Reilly’s; found La Machine steampunk bar very easily (it is about 50 yards from O’Reilly’s) but it was closed; walked up to Fifth Avenue, and it was surprisingly busy given it was only 1pm but no girls to take my fancy. I hung around for a few beers, then went up to Rue d’Aerschot. No one good in the windows, one beer in the Fiesta Café, then came back for a Domino’s Pizza then bed. And that was my Monday! I woke up later but felt too sleepyheaded and hungover to go out again. Just stayed in bed watching old black & white movies on TV in French! And of course the nightly Jean Rollin movies, The Naked Vampire then Requiem for a Vampire, with the delectable Marie Pierre Castel who was obviously Rollin’s muse, unsurprisingly.
Making hard work of this first beer of the day; 1035 already. A cool grey Brussels morning; few spits of rain. I will concentrate on Rue d’Aerschot this afternoon—via Cine Paris, Café Jimmy and Fifth Avenue of course; I have to go through my Stations of the Cross. I would like to check out La Machine, a steampunk-themed bar close to Bourse. And tonight I hope I can check out several new places in Club L’Intime, Reves Table Dance, and the 3 or 4 hostess bars all the way down by Avenue Louise.