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Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region » Brussels May 19th 2019

Okay, I know we have been home for almost three weeks and this latest (and last) blog entry is long overdue. We had many things waiting for our attention when we arrived, not to mention volunteer shifts at the library and local thrift store. Dale and Pat (Dianne’s brother and sister-in-law) arrived for a week of fun and games (and a chance to update some of my spreadsheets for scoring our card games). But now to the blog. Flight to Brussels Getting to Toulouse to catch the plane was fairly straightforward. The flight was RyanAir which went into Brussels Charleroi rather than the main Brussels airport. Mistake. The flight was what you would expect from RyanAir and the airport itself was OK. It was looking a little dark as we got ready to leave the plane. ... read more
The view from Vimy
Memorial up close
Lawn mowers

Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region » Brussels December 1st 2018

Dnes mala jedna skupinka na plane mestecko gent ale jaksi nevydalo. Opat vianocne trhy. Davame belgicke wafle (vela kriku pre nic, rovnake vsade na svete), varene vinko. Nasavame vianocnu atmosferu. Odskrkavame si dalsiu ikonu bruselu. Curajuceho chlapca co je totalny tourist trap. Fakt to nestoji za navstevu. Mala postavicka kokotika. Nasi zajtra skoro rano letia domov, ja si pospim do 9.00 a smer ghent kde mam mojho posledneho cs a prakticky to bude aj moja posledna noc na ceste. V pondelok navrat domov po 309.dnoch. No ale fakt ma to moc nelaka ked pozeram okolo sebe co sa deje v europe. Rusko vs ukrajina, roztahujuci sa imigranti v belgicku, zatahy na drogovych dilerov v seredi. Proste nic pozitovne. Uvidim ci tu vydrzim do toho maja, vtedy smer ukrajina, iran, azerbajdzan, armensko, gruzinsko. Mozno sa na to ... read more

Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region » Brussels November 30th 2018

V cene mame aj ranajky. No zadna slava, chleby,maslo, dzem, salam, syr, dzuse. Dnes v plane prehliadka mesta. Ta zacata v red light street. Vo vykladoch zvacsa rumunsky, bulharsky a albansky tovar. Za bieleho dna vsak bez svetelneho efektu, no i tak ponuka velmi luxusna, len keby boli lepsie ceny. 15min za 50€, dve polohy alebo za 40€ jedna poloha. Odtial k jednemu zo symbolov bruselu, atomium. Kedze na zastavke nebol automat na listky, sli sme na cierno. Elektrickou ideme okolo cinskeho parku, ktoremu dominuje pagoda. Mensia cesticka velmi pekne pomalovanymi stenami a uz vystupujeme na konecnej. Nadchodom cez cestu az k atomiu. To fakt masivne. Velmi pekne to vyzeralo. Dnu vsak nejdeme, porobene fotky z vonka a pokus dostat sa na stadion heysel kde zacala brusel. No nepodarilo sa, bol ohradeny. Kupujeme listky na elektricku ... read more

Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region » Brussels November 29th 2018

Spanek nic moc na zemi. Okolo 4.00 zacal chodit sbskar a budit ludi bo sa otvarali prepazky. Sedenie na sedacke a cakanie na let z budapesti. Ten nabral 30min meskanie. Zastrciek na nabijanie mobilu malo a aj tie co boli , boli pri zemi. Tak som si posedel na zemi a doplnil stavu. Obcas presli halou aj dvaja vojaci so samopalmi. Konecne pristava lietadlo, no seredani furt nikde. Pri cakani mensi pokec so slovakom co zije v bruseli a dosol vyzdvihnut znamych (idu na futbal) Najskor vychadza chuliganka ale medzi poslednymi aj seredsko galantsky klan. Ide sa von zohnat objednane auta. Nastavaju dve zabavne situacie. Najskor jeden clen vypravy nalozil svoju batozinu do ineho auta (nastasti ho stacil dobehnut) no a zrazu nas je viac ako miest v aute (navyse pasaziery sli nakonec po vlastnej osi). ... read more

Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region November 24th 2018

Bohuzial predpoved sa naplnila a vonku prska. Opat riadne bufetove ranajky, z nich si odnasam 2mandarinky a 2male jablka. Jedalen plna erazmakov. Do 11.30 len lezanie na posteli. Sa ozvala tw z chorvatska. Uplne, ze pre mna nepodstatna sprava ale pre nu velmi dolezita. Rano si uzila vo svojich skoro 25rokoch svoj prvy sex a cul je zmatena, bo na tw nemaju ziadnu sexualnu vychovu. Proste zaostali sikmaci pre kerych je sex uz normalna pusa :) Nuz ale je cela vyplasena ci nebude tehotna. Mi opisala cely postup a aj to co bolo potom. 2x ho do nej strcil (jasne, ze bez ochrany, sak jebla sikmacka), potom ju to dost bolelo (sikmacka mala picka) tak sa kukala na nho 5min jak si to pred nu robi. A potom, ze po takychto spravach nechlastaj. No a vrchol ... read more

Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region » Brussels November 10th 2018

All right, I'm back to try to be "back on track" with my entries. Still running over one year behind! Summer 2017 came and I was gone again! Decided to make a 5-week trip to Europe, mostly to see family and friends, some of whom I did not see for 5 years! Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Netherlands I arrived in Amsterdam in the morning, the capital and largest city in the Netherlands with 800 000 inhabitants. I immediately went to see a cousin of mine. Later on I headed further to my uncles house where I stayed for two nights. That same night I met a former student of mine and the next day I spent most of it in the city centre of Amsterdam with another cousin and I took advantage and did some shopping! I ... read more
Curaçao - Amsterdam
In Brussels with Louis "mon frère"

Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region » Brussels August 19th 2018

The final day of our postcard from Brussels. Check out time was 11am but as our flight was not until 17:15 we had a full day to explore another part of the city. When Roisin and I visit a new place we like to check out any nearby UNESCO World Heritage sites if possible. We have already visited one UNESCO site during this trip; La Grande Place (Groote Markt by any other name!) There is one other UNESCO site in Brussels; The architecture of Victor Horta. I spoke to Wanda during our walking tour of the city (what a great and appropriate name for a walking tour guide, by the way!!) She mentioned that there are four or five buildings dotted around the city attributed to Horta that fall under the protection of UNSECO. However, the ... read more
The Statue of Europe Unity in Peace
Department for European Economic and Social Affairs
The steps leading to the Parlamentarium

Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region » Brussels August 18th 2018

I can hear you all singing along as I write!! Even further back than the car towing incident, in 2001, we had plans to visit the battle site where the 1815 battle of Waterloo between the Imperial French army of Napoleon took on the might of the British, Dutch and Prussian allies. You think Napoleon would have learnt his lesson. Only having just escaped from Elba, rather than live his life a free man he decided to stick it out for round two. In case you don’t know your history (or Abba songs), the next line of the ditty is, Napoleon was defeated… Before I carry on, it is probably best that I provide a potted history of this tyrant with the nickname, the Little Corporal. After attending military school, ... read more
Waterloo 1815 visitors centre
Cavalry and foot soldiers from the Battle of Waterloo
The Lions Mound (2)

Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region » Brussels August 17th 2018

I’m still seething from the events of yesterday although we both had a good night’s sleep so I guess the incident hadn’t played on my mind too much. Today we had planned to take a walking tour through the narrow and winding streets in the old town of Brussels. Our hotel is an aparthotel so whilst there is a small dining area behind the reception, at €14 per person per day for breakfast, it was much cheaper to visit the super market and stock up on provisions as our room comes fitted with a kitchenette - complete with hob, microwave, kettle and even a dishwasher. The downside is that there is no servicing of the rooms during our stay so we have to make do with the same rather small and tired looking towels in the ... read more
Brussels flower carpet close up
Wanda, our walking tour guide
The balcony of the town Hall

Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region » Brussels August 16th 2018

On 2nd August 2018, Roisin and I walked out of the doors of HMRC for ever. The day had finally arrived. We are now retired (although not officially retired until 3rd September 2018). The most popular question to ask retirees is: ‘Now what are you going to do with your time?’ However, the few people that asked Roisin or myself this question knew, in their heart of hearts, what they answer would be!! When we both became partially retired twelve months ago no one asked us the question: ‘Now what are you going to do with the extra two days per week?’ I can now, however, reveal how one of us has spent most of HER partial retirement…..making travel arrangements for when we retire!!! As of 2nd August 2018 we had twelve ... read more
Our author wastes no time in getting to work!!
Our journey's end - Brussels Gare du Midi
The exit where the assault took place

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