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|Belgium and Hercule Poirot
|Several years after the last reading of some of my very favorite mystery novels, I'm
inevitably drawn back to them. When that happens, I take a volume down from its
honored place on the shelf and spend - once again - an enjoyable time in the company
of an old friend. This was the case recently with Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot series.
I just finished the last of my Poirot books yesterday.
|When the time came to choose a topic for this week's Friday's Journal, my mind was
still fixed on the brilliant - if somewhat eccentric - detective, who's famous for using
his "little grey cells" to solve crimes that have baffled Scotland Yard. And, especially,
on the often-repeated correction concerning his nationality: "No, no, monsieur, I am
NOT French...I am BELGIAN!"
|Where else could we go this week, but Belgium? And no other quotes would do,
but quotes from the most famous - he would say, deservedly so - Belgian detective
ever to grace the pages of a British who-done-it...Hercule Poirot, himself. The
pictures on this page are from Belgium. It's clear that Monsieur Poirot's
pride in his native country was perfectly justified. -- Nancy
|The two pictures below were taken at the Grand Place in Brussels, where,
every other August, since 1971, a huge "flower carpet" has been displayed.
It contains a million begonias, covers 19,000 square feet and attracts
tourists from all over the world. The Grand Place is the central square
of Brussels and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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|The most well-known face of Hercule Poirot -
actor, David Suchet, who has played the role
on PBS' Masterpiece Theater for many years.