More than the cobblestones, alleys and chocolates, for me the grandeur and splendour of the magnificent buildings in the centre of Brussels is overwhelming. Palace after Palace, maison after maison, large ornate and often plated in gold, these marvellous buildings speak of a vast and rich European history. Today is a quiet day for me – just getting over the jet lag. It is cold and grey – just like a winter’s day in Melbourne – but the conference registration has opened and there is the buzz of seeing old friends – and those you know through emails!
Tonight, Banca del Monte de Lucca Foundation is hosting a Puccini opera which should be wonderful!