3 May 2009

WEEKLY WINNERS - A Belgian village


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Yesterday was May Day or Labour day here in Belgium. Everywhere along the roads or streets people had put up little stands to sell Lillies of the Valley. It is the use to give a little bouquet often combined with a red rose to family and friends.

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It is often done by students to earn a little money

My little excursion took me to Ittre which is a little town or more a village in the french part of Belgium.

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all important houses are around the church as it is in all villages

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The church, quite big for such a small place

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and the inside quite special

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around the church was a little way, which were used by a cat. Of course she disappeared when I approached.

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The local café or tavern, where the first guests had their beer

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Ittre is well known because of his theatre. It is located in an old farm and the scene is in the barn. There is also a restaurant in it, so you can eat first and then see the play or have your supper later.

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The back of the Theatre

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Besides is an old blacksmith which has been transformed into a museum showing the very old tools.

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and of course there also is a castle where some noble family is still living. I had dared to put my feet on the property and was immediately asked to leave, but I was allowed to take some pictures of this beautiful place.

6 comments:

Melli said...

Oh wow! Ittre is beauuuutiful! That church is gorgeous! And the castle too! I have never heard of this business of Lillies of the Valley on May Day - until this year. Where did this custom come from?

Pamela said...

As usual, you didn't disappoint us. (except maybe you should have just pushed your way into the castle. hee hee)

Jientje said...

I don't think I've ever been there!! You know, the two of are doing a great job showing off Belgium, don't you think? I cover the North and you do the South! LOL!!

Jientje said...

I meant the two of US!! What's with me today? Typo's!! Aaargh!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

I would so love to have castles to visit. They're astounding in architecture.

Hey? I have an award for you today on my Sunday blog. Come on over.

Puss-in-Boots said...

What a beautiful place, Gattina and that church is magnificent. Europe has so many old and beautiful places and so much history...a lot has happened over the years.

Imagine doing the vacuuming in that castle...lol!