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      Alexander Pushkin in Brussels

      Brussels Feb 9, 2017 at 4:04 AM

      Hi, if there is anybody still there...
      I am going to Brussels in May, just read today - it's exactly 180 years since he was killed by a fellow from these places - that there is a statue, a street and even a bus stop in Brussels named after our poet Alexander Pushkin (Pouchkine).
      I have found the statue in Laeken (wonder where this is), between metro stations Belgica and Bockstael. No sign of any street.
      Any idea how I get to this Laeken from Avenue des Merles, 9 à Woluwé Saint Pierre. The good old Google says it should take about an hour on two buses (or maybe they are metro lines). Does it look feasible?
      I do not know much about Brussels, have got a Home Exchange arrangment there - helps to travel economically...

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    • Castle Mesen can be saved

      by Packard8 Online Now Sep 28, 2005 at 5:15 PM

      Hi I am interested in finding out more about Castle Mesen and the possibilitiy and probability of saving all or part of the structure. I think part of the impediment to restoration is the idea that the building can be feasibly repaired structurally. I think this would be impossible and unnessesary. I am a commercial contractor who builds mainly office buildings, and we build this way: My proposal would be to save the edifices of the castle while building an interior steel and concrete platform, seperate from the structure and using the brick outer walls as veneer only. The whole insides would have to be gutted, but saving all or most of the ornate or distinctive trim and cataloging it's position could be helpful. I would see the building as a mixed-use, office condo's on the upper wings and a small mall at the center lower level and wings. It would be an attraction for the entire villiage. It would simply be built as we build all our multi-story office buildings, with poured concrete floors and steel framing and roof, the only difference would be the historic veneer would remain intact. Anyone who can shed more light on this, please email me at Peerlessfan@hotmail.com. I would love a floorplan.

      1 Answer Sep 28, 2005 at 10:45 PM