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Brasserie Wielemans-Ceuppens – Brouwerij Wielemans Ceuppens – Brewery – Brussel, BE – Lowlands Correspondent, Gaia Son

Former brewery is now the Contemporary Art Center in Brussels © Gaia Son

Spread over a century, from 1880 to 1980, the history of Wielemans-Ceuppens…merges with that of the beer industry in Belgium: exponential growth, constant adaptation to modern technology and demand market purchase of competing breweries followed by absorption by a larger, decline and closure. In 1978 the brewery was taken over by Stella Artois. The business was phased out from 1980 and on September 29, 1988 the last Wieleman Beer was brewed. The Centre was opened in 2007 in the old [Deco] building for contemporary art, after restoration and renovation works were started in 2005. – Wikipedia

Prosper Wielemans opened the Café Métropole to sell his beer. Prosper then decided to build a hotel: the Hotel Métropole, designed by Alban Chambon. © Wikipedia Commons

Vieux Coopérative Maritime – Port du Bec, Beauvoir-Sur-Mer – France – Gaia Son

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www.coop-maritime-beauvoir.fr

French Colonial Maritime League

Wilde Hazelnoten Uit Amersfoort! – Wild Hazelnuts From Amersfoort NL! – Gaia Son

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Apparently while Gaia was harvesting almost five kilos of hazelnuts that are growing wild in her picturesque medieval town of Amersfoort in the Netherlands, the generally aloof Turkish immigrants were  eager to comment to her about the hazelnuts of Turkey. No wonder!

The top producer of hazelnuts, by a large margin, is Turkey, specifically Giresun Province and Ordu. Turkish hazelnut production of 625,000 tonnes accounts for approximately 75% of worldwide production. Nutella consumes 25% of global supply. – Wikipedia

Offley [Porto] – Villa Nova de Gaia, Portugal – Gaia Son

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Founded by William Offley, in 1737, the company gained worldwide fame and prestige under the guidance of Joseph James Forrester, a legendary figure in the history of Porto Wine, who was later appointed Baron by the King of Portugal.

Baron of Forrester, a businessman, oenologist, highly respected taster of wines, artist and cartographer, was one of the most important characters in Porto wine’s history.

The ancestral Offley Cellars offer to their visitors a unique experience in an ambiance where tranquility and silence reign. Offley Forrester – cavesvinhodoporto [dot] com

The Notorious B.I.G. Mural – Queens Graffiti – August 2010 – Gaia Son

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Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), better known by his stage names The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie or Biggie Smalls, was an American rapper. – Wikipedia

Had he not been killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, Biggie would have been 42. Another great shot of this mural can be seen on Not A Queens Photo Blog [http://bit.ly/Z2X0Gq].

Bless Yourself – Billboard Graffiti – Queens, NY – Gaia Son

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Louise Bourgeois’ Crouching Spider Sculpture – Gemeentemuseum – Den Haag, NL – Lowlands Correspondent, Gaia Son

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Louise Joséphine Bourgeois (25 December 1911 – 31 May 2010) was a renowned French-American artist and sculptor, one of the most important artists in modern and contemporary art, and known for her spider structures which resulted in her being nicknamed the Spiderwoman. – Wikipedia

Den Haag Repaint – P. v. Osselen Automobielen Garage – Verhuur en reparatie van rijwielen en automobielen – Lowlands Correspondent, Gaia Son

Telephoon N° 661© Gaia Son

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Verhuur en reparatie van rijwielen en automobielen – Rent and repair of bicycles (archaic) and automobiles © Gaia Son

I appreciate the efforts to restore these ads but I wish they would just leave them alone. Many are not nearly as aesthetically pleasing than the original fade (i.e. Philips, Harlingen NL).

Virgin Oil Co. – Bar – Restaurant – Club – Helsinki, Finland – Gaia Son

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The only restaurant in the heart of Helsinki that combines American-Italian food, amazing live gigs and a laid-back bar atmosphere. Pizza from a wood burning oven, wine from the barrel, live music upstairs. – www.restaurantshelsinki.fi

Le Microsillon – The Microgroove – Arras, France – Lowlands Correspondent, Gaia Son

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