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  • Day17

    A Love Supreme followed by a late supper

    September 20, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    After Geertje met up with us and we had a drink, we headed off to Forest via metro and tram and a dance performance put on by the KAAI Theater that she works for. In ”A Love Supreme”, John Coltrane and his musicians start from blues based structures and construct a completely free improvisation that continuously breaks new ground. In 2005, choreographers Salva Sanchis and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker created a quartet set to Coltrane’s music. His jazz is renowned for its exploration of the tension between tonal and rhythmic complexity and simplicity. This is translated literally in the dance: improvisation and composition interweave until they fuse completely. In 2017, Sanchis and De Keersmaeker adapted A Love Supreme with four young, male dancers. The performance was great, and the dancers were superb and enjoyed by all.

    Following the performance, with the dancers getting at least 4 curtain calls, we made our way back on public transport to the city centre and went in search of a late dinner. We first tried a favourite Italian place that they like, which was close to where Lisa, their daughter used to live, but the chef said no he was finished for the night. We then tried a traditional Brussels restaurant Le Pré Salé on rue de Flandre, and we had success, but had to chose our meals in one minute or the kitchen would be closed.

    We were very decisive - Geertje and I had Moules Frit, Gui had Lapin (rabbit), and Ian meatballs, and of course we washed this down with a bottle of red! The food and the company was lovely and we laughed a lot .

    We then headed back to our apartment, and Gui and Geertje caught the subway to Stockel, and then drove the rest of the way. Ian was feeling quite tired after 2 fairly late nights, and so headed off to bed immediately, whereas I stayed up to work on my blog a little more.
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  • Day1

    Leuven

    July 18, 2020 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Nach einer mehrstündigen Anfahrt beginnt unsere Reise in Leuven. Die Stadt ist bekannt durch sein Rathaus welches als eines der schönsten der Welt gilt. Es wurde im 15 Jahrhundert im spätgotischen Stil errichtet. Am ersten Abend mussten wir natürlich zudem die Biertradition von Belgien ausprobieren. 🍺Read more

  • Day7

    Europa im Schnelldurchlauf

    September 16, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Ein Tagesabstecher durch Europa und Brüssel im Miniaturformat. Das gibt es nur in der belgischen Hauptstadt Brüssel, die gleichzeitig Hauptstadt Europas ist.
    Ein cooler Ausflug mit vielen neuen Inspirationen für kommende Reiseziele.Read more

  • Day42

    Etappe 1 Rotterdam-Aarschot 138km

    July 13, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Vandaag dan eindelijk de atart gemaakt..Vanmorgen bleek al snel dat we wel heeeeel veel bagage hadden en dat allemaal passend in de wagen van Jos.?niet helemaal... dus de reservefiets maar thuisgelaten.
    Daarna kwam Lucas ons escorteren met zijn motot..imposant hoor en Ferdie erachter met de auto gingen we via de Coolsingel en Erasmusbrug naar de Kuip en natuurlijk daar nog een foto. gemaakt.onderweg werden we ook met de Go Pro gefilmd ! ..Inmiddels was t al 10.30 uur en begonnen we echt met fietsen naar Moerdijk..Het ging prima en heerlijk fietsweer en na 1.5 uur bij Moerdijk stond Ferdie en lucas ons al op te wachten en hebben we koffie en taart gegeten.Daarna onze weg vervolgt door brabant en de Bike map route was echt prachtig..rustige landwegen en soms door de bossen..echt mooi
    Gestopt in Belgie na 90 km.voor de lunch en Ferdie kwam erbij gezellig.Weer verder en na de 100 km ging de gang er wel een beetje uit en verlangden we naar een Belgisch biertje..Na 138km en rond 18.00 uur kwamen we bij ons hotel in Aarschot.Prachtig hoor een hele oude watermolen verbouwd tot hotel.maar met oude muren om ons heen.Echt een toplocatie en eindelijk dan de Leffe em Brune gedronken en daarna eten in t centrum
    Lekker stoofvlees en pasteitjes..Al met al een goede dag gehad..de moraal is hoog en we gaan ervoor.Morgen krijgen we de Ardennen erbij..eens zien hoe dat gaat...Dus nu 23.00 uur lekker pitten.
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    Willie van Geffen

    Goed bezig jongens!👍 de kop is eraf! Ga zo door.

    7/13/17Reply
    Jos Vlietstra

    Mooi Jan , t schiet al op 😂

    7/13/17Reply
    Martijn ter Haar

    Lekker begin! Succes verder en tot in de Vogezen!

    7/13/17Reply
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  • Day3

    1e Etappe Rotterdam naar Aarschot

    July 13, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Een geweldig leuke dag gehad. Nadat we alle deelnemers opgehaald hadden bleek de hoeveelheid mee te nemen bagage toch wel erg veel te zijn. Besloten de reserve fiets en de koelbox en de senseo toch maar thuis te laten.
    We hebben eerst een stukje Rotterdam gezien natuurlijk, de Erasmus brug en het Feijenoord stadion.
    Na flink wat door elkaar gerammeld te zijn op de slechte Belgische fietswegen zijn we nu in Aarschot.
    Rustiek hotel in een oude watermolen. De rivier loopt nog onder het hotel door.
    De eerste etappe was 135 km, dus we lopen voor op het schema (120 per dag). Maar zien hoe het morgen gaat.
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    Yvonne Versteege

    Je ziet er gelukkig uit broertje! Hou van je 🎀💋🎀

    7/14/17Reply
    René Versteege

    Daar zijn ze. De 3 fietsende J's!

    7/14/17Reply
    Olga Versteege

    Hè, hè het is me gelukt om te kunnen antwoorden, wat een gedoe, maar jullie zien er vrolijk uit. Nu verder maar weer🚴💋🤓

    7/14/17Reply
    Laura Zsom

    De happy riders :), enjoy!! XXX

    7/14/17Reply
     
  • Day26

    Lunch with Family

    July 20, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Today we have been invited to have lunch at Gui and Geertje’s. We were due there at 12.30 pm but unfortunately, due to a big car accident, we again had to divert and take a different way to their place. My aunt Paulette and their daughter Lisa also attended, which was lovely. We had drinks out in the garden with nibbles, and then a Nigella Lawson pasta for lunch. We then had a traditional Belgian dessert - Cheese Tart - which was delicious. It was lovely to catch up with Gui and Geertje, as this was the only opportunity as they head off on holidays tomorrow. Lisa said she might be interested in travelling to Australia, so hopefully she will come in the next couple of years. Lisa has recently returned from 7 months in South America, so I think she has the travel bug like her younger brother Rob. We had a lovely afternoon, but it was all over too quickly - it was so nice to catch up with family.Read more

    S. L.

    Omg, I see some common features!

    7/22/18Reply
     
  • Day19

    Aldi toidupood

    July 15, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Tahtsime tegelt minna Timmermansi õlletehase tuurile, sest Belgia on tuntud enda õlu poolest, aga jõudsime kahjuks liiga hilja kohale ja kõik oli juba kinni.

    Kuna meil söögipoolis oli otsakorral, siis läksime esimesse poodi mis Brüsseli teepeal jäi. Selleks osutus väiksemapoolne pood nimega Aldi. Meid Kadriga hämmastas kui odavad hinnad siin poes olid. Enne seda olime Prantsusmaal kus polnud küll röögatult kallis, aga kallim kui Eestis ikka. Siin Brüsseli külje all aga tundub, et on toidud Eesti hindadega või isegi odavamad. Vorst 1.5€, sai 0.40€, salat ja muu odavam kui Eestis. Alkohol märkimisväärselt odavam kui Eestis.Read more

    Jaanus ja Tea Lajal

    Aldi ongi Eesti mõistes säästimarket

    7/16/19Reply
     
  • Day3

    Londerzeel

    July 10, 2020 in Belgium ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    20km gehad en even een bankje gevonden bij een kerk. Het blijft een beetje miezeren, maar ik heb gehoord dat de zon vanmiddag misschien wel gaat schijnen! Duimen jullie mee?

    Miranda Broersma

    🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼☀️☀️ 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼

    7/10/20Reply
    Anne Broersma

    Ik heb de zon al besteld voor je.😜😜

    7/10/20Reply
    Corry janmaat

    Wij ook de zon voor je besteld🤞🙏👍👍👍

    7/10/20Reply
    Henny Tweel

    Ik zal voor je duimen en de zon besteld.

    7/10/20Reply
     
  • Day171

    Day 172: Leuven

    August 5, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    Day trip outside of Brussels today. Leuven is a small-ish university city about half an hour's train ride to the east. It's also home to two UNESCO sites, so after a quick breakfast of pastries and coffee we hopped on a train and headed out!

    Arrived around 12pm and walked into the city centre from the train station. It's quite an attractive city, with some lovely old buildings and interesting alleyways to explore. Lots of young people around as well, despite it being summer holidays.

    First stop was the first UNESCO site, another of the belfries. This was attached to a church, but was mostly in ruins these days. It was originally planned to be a colossal 180 metres tall, basically unthinkable in the 15th century, and would've comfortably been the world's tallest building until skyscrapers in New York and Chicago started breaking the 200m barrier in the early 20th century.

    But they never finished it, and after a few fires and wars it's now basically the same height as the church it's attached to. Still nice to look at though!

    Next stop was the beguinage, another multi-site WH list entry that's unique to the area. A beguinage is basically a community of religious single women who wanted to retreat from public life. They weren't nuns, they took no vows, they didn't collect alms and they were free to leave at any time to marry or return home. But otherwise it was just a simple, quiet community of religious women (usually landless nobles, widows, second daughters and so on).

    There's 12 beguinages on the list, but this was one of the largest so it was good to explore. And it was very peaceful, set off to the side of the city in a walled compound. Lots of small houses, narrow streets, canals running through of course, and a few parks plus the obligatory church. A very nice environment, and as with a lot of places in Belgium, well off the tourist radar so we had it mostly to ourselves (aside from the students who live there now, of course).

    Headed back into the main part of town where we ummed and ahhed about what to do next. We had a quick lunch in a chain health food place called Exki, then debated having a drink outside and doing some people watching. In the end, the weather decided for us, as an enormous downpour forced us to take cover in a small portico along with a lot of other people! It absolutely bucketed down for about 10 minutes before stopping.

    Since everything was now wet and we didn't feel like sitting inside, we just headed back to the train station and grabbed the next train back to Brussels.

    By the time we got back, it had fined up a bit again, so we walked from the station back to our hotel - about 30 minutes worth. Strolled through a nice park and past the royal palace as well, which was good to see, though we were too late to go inside (and I have a feeling dogs wouldn't be permitted!).

    Back to the hotel where we settled in for the evening to work and plan. I briefly ventured outside for some takeaway kebabs from the store across the road, but that was pretty much it! It's surprising how common kebabs are here in Belgium (and Netherlands and France too, for that matter). Though they're different from Australian-style kebabs with meat, salad and sauce - these tend to just have meat, sauce and cheese. No hummus or tabouli either!
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    Joel Baldwin

    Leuven town hall

    8/9/17Reply
    Joel Baldwin

    Belfry

    8/9/17Reply
    Joel Baldwin

    Inside the beguinage

    8/9/17Reply
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Provincie Vlaams-Brabant, Provinz Flämisch-Brabant, Flemish Brabant Province, Brabante Flamenco, Brabant-Flamand, Brabante Flamengo