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Brussels: Grand Place –Son et Lumière

Brussels is a city than generates many feelings. Having visited Brussels so very often in former days’ the positive memories remain vividly in my heart and mind. Although the city may have changed, there is a specific and moving spectacle encompassing light, music, and a feeling of history.

The Grand Place is located in the centre of Brussels and blessed with a myriad restaurants and brasseries.

One evening, darkness descended upon the Grand Place like a stage curtain enveloping this atmospheric square. There was silence for a few moments as people either wondered what was happening or already knew what to expect. Either way, the expectation descended upon all in the square.

Suddenly and with the most incredible explosion of simultaneous light and music, the iconic and beautiful buildings lit up, as if a firework display had greeted this glorious square with multi-coloured columns of lights, blessing the area in harmony with music such as I had never heard before.

Classical, wonderous, almost heart-stopping in its intensity and feeling, bringing the history, past, and present, and perhaps for those with imagination, a glimpse of the future, greeting the star-struck onlookers including myself with an almost dream-like plateau of music and light.

Son et Lumière: An outdoor spectacle. A rapture of historic joy, one moment hurtling down to the depths of the earth and then soaring skyward, to where the stars twinkled, inviting those fortunate enough to witness the spectacle to slowly drift down to the ground as the music greeted one with a wave-like power of tidal synchronicity, washing over the senses of light, sound, physical and sensual enlightenment as the music reverberated, almost shaking the air with its intensity.

The music enraptured, enveloped, and transported me to another universe. A paradise of wonder. While writing this description, the sound, the light, the awe, and wonder of that evening visit me as if awakening from a dream to be left in awe as the dream was in fact reality.‎

The music of Vangelis’ ‘1492, Conquest of Paradise’ remained to light up the sky even as the lights quietly dimmed.

Simon Lever
Simon Lever
CREATIVE WRITER + STORYTELLER - AUTHOR - CHAMPIONING POSITIVITY, EMPATHY, AND KINDNESS. For three decades, engaged in software and services sector recruitment for American companies seeking to set up operations in Europe. Based in Britain and the Netherlands, a most enjoyable aspect being the privilege of co-operating with individuals from countries including France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Now my energy is directed towards voluntary involvement, including creative writing for a Community Magazine and other community activities. Further, as a volunteer at Winchester Cathedral, I welcome visitors from all over the world. I am also actively involved in introducing visitors to the famous 'Kings and Scribes Exhibition'. An absolute delight. Literally walking through history. Winchester Cathedral, a 1000-year-old icon makes me feel rather younger than reality! It allows me to engage with people the world over regardless of nationality or faith. My Mom was Christian and my Dad, Jewish. And there are many anecdotes on that special topic! I gain inspiration and energy engaging with like-minded individuals around the world; writing extensively on Linkedin and blogs on Carol Campos' The Divine Breadcrumb website. Carol is an inspirational soul coach. Although 'retired' from front line business I maintain regular contact with former colleagues and clients. Happiness is indeed engaging with people of many nationalities and cultures. Over the years I have built up a treasured and very special international 'network' of genuine, empathetic Friends where weekly or even daily comments and opinions are exchanged. Enjoying creative writing; from the heart. with the accent on the natural environment, transforming feelings, emotions, sights, sounds, and scents of Mother Nature's landscape; hills and rivers and woodland into words that convey and project reality. Other essays, articles, and blogs include vivid accounts of former days' experiences. Instinctively writing in such a spontaneous manner, descriptions become a reality in the mind; the reader's imagination 'transported' to the Universe of light and wonder. My creative and often emotionally charged writing is vivid whether describing the surreal 'Son et Lumiere' at the Grand Place in Brussels, flying around Europe describing the memorable experiences of brasseries and restaurants in many cities. Imagination becomes a reality. The past becomes the present in the mind's eye. Kindness is a word that is used more than ever. And is ever more important. I am an active promoter of Shelly Elsliger PPCC 'Decide to be Kind' Campaign; #kindclub wearing the wrist band with pride and spreading Kindness with enthusiasm.

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