Arrondissement of Nivelles

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    • Day16

      Visit with Lieke!

      August 20 in Belgium ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Everyone meet Lieke! Lieke is my dad's cousin who lives in Brussels :) I made a quick stop to visit and boy was it fun! We started by walking around Brussels, saw the main square, ate muscles, and saw the arch at night (it was raining lol). Lieke is also a big salsa dancer and recommended seeing the street salsa dancing under the arch. So cool! Then the highlight. Saturday morning Lieke took me to meet her horse, Mourenna, who is lovely. She is currently training her so we practiced in the ring. It is amazing that all of the commands are done by expression. Just inhaling tells the horse to start to trot and exhaling tells the horse to slow to a walk. Amazing! We also went for a quick little bareback which was great :) we ended off with a walk in the park and had some YUMMY pastries and Belgian chocolate 🥰 love family❤️

      Now off to Amsterdam! 🇳🇱
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      Wonderful to see fam! ❤️


      Sounds like so much fun, and so interesting to hear of the horse training! You would have loved some horse time!! Thank you Lieke! Always wonderful to get time with you!! ❤️

    • Day20

      Brüssel? Nein. Waterloo.

      July 30 in Belgium ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Die Weiterfahrt ist etwas turbulent. Geplant war, dass wir abends nach Brüssel fahren und morgens das ‚Atomium‘ ansehen - eine Sehenswürdigkeit, die Rahel mir zeigen möchte. Unterwegs finden wir raus, dass in Brüssel seit 2018 ‚Zero Emission‘ gilt.. unsere Seraphina/🚙 darf nicht in die Zone rein! Tagespass = 35 Euro. Sonst ausserhalb abstellen und per 0-Emission-Transportangebot bewegen… ok, tönt etwas aufwändig für einen Kurztripp. Weitere Ideen werden gesponnen und wieder verworfen. Passend für das Hin- und Her heisst unser heutiger Übernachtungsort: Waterloo 😅 wo diese hübsche Eglise de Saint Joseph unweit unseres Übernachtungsplätzlis steht. 🥰Read more

    • Day21

      Belgisch brunchen

      July 31 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Könnte uns durchaus gefallen & das Warten hat sich gelohnt, denn es wird alles frisch zubereitet! Die Speisekarte bietet zwar ‚nur’ ‚Toast salé oder sucré‘ an, dazu aber jede Menge Auswahl…. Basis wählen… dann die Garnitur…. dann die Toppings…. Wir tun uns etwas schwer bei der (grossen Aus-)Wahl, sind mit dem Ergebnis aber sehr happy: Brunchen in Belgien fägt! (... nur der ☕️ ist etwas klein, musste 3 bestellen 😋)Read more

    • Day3

      Paul aus Litauen

      July 19, 2020 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Uns kommt ein TET Endurist entgegen: darf ich vorstellen? Paul. Paul ist aus Litauen, allein unterwegs, und fährt den TET von Holland aus durch Belgien bis nach Frankreich. Allein. Mit seinem Zelt. Wir sprechen noch kurz über das Erlebte, tauschen noch Hinweise zu Streckenabschnitten aus. Und wünschen Paul einen super TET.

      Nach ein paar km weiter fahren David und ich aus einem Feldweg links ab auf einen asphaltierten Feldweg. Dort entdecken wir eine mega Bremsspur auf dem Asphalt. Die Spur führt auf unseren Feldweg. Wir haben gut gelacht. Das wird Paul gewesen sein! Wir wissen jetzt, das wir nicht die Einzigen sind, die eine Vollbremsung hinlegen, um der Route weiter zu folgen... 😀

      Was? Ihr wundert Euch, das wir doch den TET weiter fahren? Beim Frühstück besprachen wir, das wir es nochmal probieren wollen. Zu schön sind die Strecken, zu gern sind wir abseits der Strassen gewesen. Sollte die Strecke zu einem Singletrail werden, würden wir aber lieber umkehren.
      Nein, sind wir heute dann aber doch nicht! Die schwierigen Passagen lagen bereits hinter uns!
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    • Day21

      Elbe Tunnel

      July 15, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      Folke took us down into the Elbe tunnel, where we walked down stairs and then walked under the Elbe to the other side, where we rode up a lift large enough for two cars. This tunnel was built originally for workers to get from the city to the factories which used to be located on the other side. It is now predominantly used by cyclists and pedestrians, who have free access, and cars use it very rarely but need to pay 1 Euro. Once you get over the other side, there are great views back across to central Hamburg.There are well maintained touches of Art Deco throughout the tunnel.Read more

    • Day1

      Bei Licht wirklich ganz hübsch

      May 11, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

      Abgefahren. Die ganze Nacht regnete es durchgehend. Als wir jedoch den Morgenkaffee aufschäumten hörte es auf. Wirklich ein süßer kleiner Campingplatz. Nachts gab es sogar extra für uns Entenkämpfe. Tatsächlich nur für uns, da wir hier komplett allein waren.Read more

    • Day27

      Interesting signs & words we encountered

      July 21, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      We decided to wait until tomorrow to head in to the centre of Brussels, as today is a public holiday and the centre would be packed. This means I have had some free time to catch up on my blog. Over our holiday we have seen some very humorous and silly signs, so I decided to include them in the next couple of entries. Some are train station stops, restaurants, stores, and some are just signs that made us laugh!Read more

    • Day25

      Le Touquet - Paris Plage

      July 19, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      We left Marquise and headed for Le Touquet - Paris Plage which is about 35kms away. Such a beautiful town, with lots of pedestrian only streets, beautiful architecture, lovely houses, shops and restaurants and it is by the sea. It reminds me of the south of France without the heat and crowds - a real little gem. Brigitte did remind me that in August it will be much busier as this is when the French and other Europeans traditionally take holidays.

      We discovered a sculpture exhibition dotted around the town called the Big Foot Family Collection by self-taught artist Aidan Zareski, an Israeli French guy who now lives in Miami. We loved his work, but unfortunately due to the cars and Brigitte’s injured calf muscle we couldn’t get to all of them.

      We then found this lovely store called Atelier where they make beautiful ceramics. It is a family business - the mother and father make the ceramics and their son sells it. They used to have a store in Sydney, but the business grew too quickly so they have reduced what they do.

      We then had lunch at a lovely crepe restaurant, and again had a 0.5 litre of rosé with the meal. I have become quite accustomed to a glass or two with meals these days!

      After lunch we walked around a bit more before heading back to Brussels. While we were still in France, Brigitte saw on her GPS a change of route notification telling us to get off the highway. Lucky we listened, as we heard later that day that there had been a huge accident that closed the highway in both directions for several hours. A van had changed lanes without indicating or looking, and ran a group of English motorcyclists off the road. One dead, one in a very serious condition, three others in hospital and another six or eight with minor injuries. The GPS then took us on this roundabout route, which meant we saw some more lovely small French villages before making our way back to the highway and getting back to Brussels. home. We arrived home about 7pm and had a quiet evening.
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    • Day24

      Château de Ledquent, Marquise, France

      July 18, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Checked into our accommodation for tonight, and had a bit of a rest after our busy day. We headed down for dinner just after seven, and had a three course meal for 19 Euro, which is very reasonable and it was very good. We had a lovely French wine to go with it, which was also very reasonably priced. Brigitte had a vol au vent with seafood for entree, and I had the Provençal vol au vent with ham and mushrooms. For main Brigitte ordered the beef and I had confit duck, and for dessert we both had the specialty of the house - Profiteroles with ice-cream and chocolate sauce. Everything was delicious and they bake everything on site, including the vol au vent pastry cases. We had a walk around the grounds after dinner, and then headed to our rooms for a quiet evening as tomorrow we have a full day planned.Read more

    • Day24

      Wimereux, France

      July 18, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      As we can’t get into our hotel until after 4pm, we next stopped at the lovely town of Wimereux. We both needed to go to the bathroom, but they really don’t have public toilets so you have to stop at a bar, order a drink, and then use their facilities. We stopped and sat on the terrace (in the shade) to have a drink - Brigitte a shandy and me a glass of rosé - perfect on a warm day. Sitting near us was an elderly woman, drinking a wine, doing the crossword with a cigar hanging out of her mouth - only in France would you see such a sight!

      We then walked around the town a bit, bought a few mementos, tasted and bought some fabulous chocolate, and then made our way to Marquise and the Chateau de Ledquent, our home for the night.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Arrondissement de Nivelles, Bezirk Nivelles, Arrondissement of Nivelles, Нивел, Arondisamant Nivelles, Nivellesi ringkond, شهرستان نیول, Nivelles, Arrondissement di Nivelles, Arrondissement Nivelles, Nijvel, Nivelle, 尼韋爾區

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