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August 14th, 2006 | Author:

I have been in Beligum for 5 days (Tuesday to Sunday), my first trip in Belgium !
I worked during two and half days for Brussels Expo, in Brussels 🙂 Brussels Expo is the biggest exhibition centre in Belgium, only 15 minutes from the center. I saw one impressive thing and one funny thing there :

Like all good tourists, I had to try one special and famous meal : Mussels with french fries. So with my colleagues, we went to the center of Brussels on Thursday night.
Brussels is a very nice city, with many many European tourists, but not only them, also few Asian tourists, especially the Chinese as well 🙂
All good European people have to go one day on a pilgrimage in Brussels, like all good Christian have to go in Rome or Lourdes 🙂

On Friday afternoon, I was on weekend. I met again my best friend in Australia : Chris 🙂 ! He invited me in Belgium. It was a great weekend, we visited many cities (Brussels as well, but also Bruges, Knokke and Antwerp). We spent two good nights and drunk many beers in Huy, a small town near Chris house.
I really liked Antwerp. We were only few hours by night, but the ambiance was great. So I hope I will be able to visit again this city !
You can find four new galleries about Belgium here. Few pictures are out of focus, by night it’s quite difficult with digital cameras …sorry for that !

I especially would like to thank Chris ! I spent great time with him. He drove many kilometres around Belgium. Very interesting to speak again him, to drink again many beers and to visit many cities. I also want to thank her sister for her cooking.

Chris : don’t forget to come soon in Switzerland, you’re welcome when you want ! Try to book few days this winter, I would like to show Swiss mountains 😉

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August 02nd, 2006 | Author:

Swiss National Day [1] celebrates the time when the three cantons of Uri, Schwyz, and Unterwalden formed the Old Swiss Confederacy in 1291 against the Habsburg, who had revoked their independent status of reichsfreiheit and instated government with reeves in 1273.
It was first instated in 1891 when the city of Bern wanted to celebrate its 700 year anniversary. It is celebrated each year on August 1st with town-wide paper lantern parades, bonfires, hanging strings of swiss flags and fireworks [2].
I worked with the firefighters of my village (few pictures). After the bonfire, some firefighters had a little problem with fire, but without incident [3].

Notes

[1] Nationalfeiertag in German, Fête nationale Suisse in French, Festa nazionale Svizzera in Italian, Fiasta naziunala Svizra in Romanish

[2] This year, with drought and high temperatures, almost every canton prohibited fireworks.

[3] Not as another village, Bernex, who more than 1150 straw bales burnt.

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