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This is the town hall from the Grand Place in Brussels. The architecture of the buildings in the square was beautiful, and the attention to detail was very impressive. Unlike many of the historical buildings we’ve seen around Europe so far, there was very little protective netting around the artistic features, which allowed them to be viewed in all their glory.

While we gazed around the square, we were surprised by a parade of Noirauds. Historically, the Noirauds were regular citizens who painted themselves black and dressed in the style of “African nobility” in order to become anonymous and solicit donations for a struggling orphanage. The philanthropic society still celebrates it’s history by dressing up in black makeup and donning neon coloured knickerbockers, marching around the streets of Brussels.

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