While walking in the streets of Brussels we all tend to look at the pavement because it’s very uneven and difficult to walk on, let alone if you are wearing high heels. But Brussels has lots on offer if we manage to rise our eyes. The houses, all over, they have their own ’900 style, narrow and tall, red bricks on the façade and… “shoes cleaner” (grattoir).
If you have ever paid attention the lower side of the houses, you surely haven’t missed out some “holes”, most of them with metal “chain”. Never asked yourself what’s this? Well… set yourself back in the beginning of the ’900… roads were not paved, there were no cars but horses taking people around, Belgium is a country were it rains quite often… easy to think that when walking around, your shoes would be very dirty, full of mud… would you enter your house with muddy shoes? Not really… so here it’s the invention… shoe cleaners just next to the front door!
In Brussels there are hundreds of different types… from now on, don’t only look at the pavement, but also at the buildings!
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