this is not a steam train gathering

where bikes are not tolerated, walkers may cruise. that’s what the train guard laughed about. she said, are you gathering here for the steam train? i thought, fancy that, and no, but i did hear the locomotive engine shrieking all over downtown. saying that, lessines probably doesn’t have a downtown. what it will always have though is rené magritte’s birth house. the house is simple, it breathes bureaucracy. a far cry from surrealism, if anything. i think mr. rené would be in awe for the sorry state of his native town. do not visit lessines when skies are grey. do visit rené magritte’s museum when in brussels. it is worth the effort.


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