A few days before this last Christmas I was a guest of my dear friends Siamack and Varinder outside Brussels. Siamack picked me up from the airport and we went to dinner (and a hooka bar with his English friend David) in the center of the city.
It was magical. In the main square there was a light show accompanied by opera. The magnificent sound and colorful lights splashing on beautifully detailed, centuries-old buildings made me stop for a few moments, even though we were late for our dinner reservation. I rarely stop and fully experience beauty. Or maybe I do, but it’s always for a brief while. I take pictures and move on.
At the end of the evening, on our way to Siamack’s home, we passed this hotel — Château du Lac — by Lake Genval on the outskirts of Brussels. The twinkling light decorations were so sweet and enchanting, and the reflection on the lake made it even more dazzling.
I asked Siamack if he could stop for a moment for me to film it: