TSBTS - Thinking of you, Brussels

Today's post in "The Story Behind The Shot" series is in honor of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Brussels.  Two explosions went off at the Brussels airport, and one explosion happened in the Maalbeek Metro station.

All terrorist attacks are terrible.  This one especially hits home because I was in Brussels less than one year ago.  John and I took a trip to see Mary while she was on a two week work trip to Paris and Brussels.  John and I flew in to Paris, and then over the weekend took a train to Brussels.  Brussels a beautiful city.  One thing I loved about it is its "walkability."  Particularly around the town center, most roads are blocked to traffic and are replaced with pedestrian pathways between beautiful architecture overtop cobblestone streets lined with small shops.

Us in the center square, I forget the name...

Us in the center square, I forget the name...

An example of the pedestrian streets

An example of the pedestrian streets

One thing that was unique to me about the Brussels airport, is that as you pass through customs and security, you are actually routed through duty free shops.  There's no avoiding it.  Imagine you are at an airport, go through an ID check, and then on the way to the actual bag check station, you are dropped into a Macy's and you need to navigate to an unknown exit on the other side of the store.  That's no exaggeration.

On the plane about to leave.

On the plane about to leave.

This picture captures the moment as John and I said goodbye to Europe for this trip, as we were on the tarmac waiting to take off from the Brussels airport.  It was a great trip, I love Europe, and my prayers are with them.

Other outtakes from Brussels