5 Apr 2009


More participants here at Sarcastic Mom Weekly winners

My weekly winner pictures this week are without any doubt the visit I had from Diane coming from Norway together with her husband Rennie who was in Brussels for a buisiness meeting, so I didn't see him.

We had better things to do ! Diane took the train from Brussels to Waterloo, which only takes 25 min and I picked her up at the station. We recognized each other immediately and it was so much fun to meet her life.

First thing we did, we drove to the historical place of the Waterloo Battle and had a coffee and chatted and chatted and chatted .........


Then we bought our tickets to visit the Lion and the Panorama of the battle.

Diane studies the battle strategies


while Napoleon watches over her


The little tourist train was still empty and waiting for visitors to come

Diane decided to go up a few steps so that I could take a picture. But ten steps later she decided to climb all 253 steps up to the Lion and have a look over the battle fields. I had done this before several times and was too lazy. I watched her climbing !

a little greeting pause

and up she was !

and then the whole way down !

After the Lion we visited the panorama. It is very well done because you stand in the middle and around you the battle goes on with the sounds of the battle, arms, horses and screams.



and here we are in the middle of the battle field !

To make a little break in our touristic tour, we went to my home and had a little snack.


After that I took Diane to my favourite junk store, where we had quite some fun with all these nice or funny or strange things which are sold here.



Finally Diane decided to buy an antique coffee pot and a Madonna.


Then we visited the center of Waterloo and had the last coffee besides the Wellington museum in an old Tavern.


Time went by so fast in good company that we didn't even realize that it was already past 5 pm
and she had to go !


It was the first time I met a blogfriend and it really was very nice day ! Internet is finally a great invention, we would never have met without our blogs.


bluedreamer27 said...

oh so she's the one hehe its nice to see two bloggers met
and again i hope i could meet someone here in the phil
have a great day gattina

TorAa said...

what a meeting, what a day;))

Puss-in-Boots said...

Isn't it great to meet blog friends. I'm glad you and Diane had such a good time.

Tara R. said...

I'm glad you got to meet a blogfriend. It looks like you both had a wonderful time.

Elin said...

I'm glad to read about this :)

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

How nice to meet a bloggy friend in real life! My favorite shot was Diane climbing the stairs.

tiarastantrums said...

looks like a lovely time although those stairs would have killed me! I swear I want to come and visit you just to get a trip to that store!

perpstu said...

How lovely. It looks like you had a wonderful time!

Di Mackey said...

It looked like a lovely day. Lovely to find your blog out here in the world :)

Jientje said...

What a fun time you had together!! But I don't think I would climb those stairs either!

Secret Agent Mama said...

What a marvelous time documented!

Smoochiefrog said...

How fun! Looks like y'all had a great time!

The Good Witch said...

wow! what a panorama! it's lot more interesting than I thought...those shots are pricelss!Diane is lucky to have met you.

claudie said...

wouha! Internet connects people!!!
You had a such beautiful time in Waterloo! sounds I begin to know better and better Waterloo now! J'ai eu un problème avec internet et Pierre a réussi a tout réparer ce soir! Vous vous êtes bien amusées! diane a eu du courage de monter tous ces escaliers!Mais certainement la vue doit être sympa d'en haut! Je te souhaite une bonne semaine!

♥.Trish.♥ Drumboys said...

what a wonderful day you both had. Great pictures.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

What a lovely visit you had.

Melli said...

Awwww! That is so cool! You got to spend the whole day together doing fun things! You know if it was ME, I would have bought a ticket and invited myself back to Brussels! LOL!

Luna und Luzie said...

What a great meeting and sightseeing tour. I can see you had fun togethter
Isn´t it fun to meet blog friends.
I met two blogfriends last year and enjoyed it much. Unfortunately I have a lot of blogfriend in USA and it is not easy to meet each other.
Wie interessant, was sich auf diesem blog für leute tummeln, Vielleicht sollte ich öfter hier her kommen ;o)

Lifecruiser said...

Ah, such a great day! Two of my cruisers meeting - and in a battle field too! *giggles*

She couldn't have had a more perfect guide. Nice choices what to see.

Diane is a real sweetie, so I'm not surprised you had a great day.

diane b said...

That must have been such good fun and you were a very good tour director.

DianeCA said...

Hi again!! Now I'm home, I actually went to Belgium without my computer you see!! You did a great job of documenting my visit and it looks like quite a scoop :-) I want to thank you again for being such a great host and taking such good care of me in Waterloo. I had a really good time and really hope to visit again sometime. I thought your husband and son were so sweet and charming too!! Please give them my greetings! I really did go all the way to the top of the stairs to the monument, and my thighs are still sore two days later hahaha!! But you know us tourists, we have to try everything!

DianeCA said...

And of course I also have to say that I met your lovely cats as well and they were so friendly and know how to make your guest feel at home too :-)

Maribeth said...

Oh how wonderful! I felt like I was there with you!!! Next time, maybe I will pop in for a visit as well!!!!

Pamela said...

I'm jealous. ha ha ha.

Vlado&Toni said...

That was a full packed fun day! And you even brought her to that junk shop ;) which I also like .. and of course not to forget the cultural part seeing the battlefield..I'm sure Diane had a wonderful time..and I admire her for climbing the high stairs ;) well at least you have to do it once.. was a wise decision from you not to climb it anymore ;)

Lakshmi said...

i so agree with you..internet has brought the world closer..love flea markets :)

Shionge said...

Hiya Gatinna, came by from Diane's blog and this is absolutely wonderful to be able to meet and embrace new friendship :D

I was in Brussel back in 1990 during honeymoon and I think it is about time I visit your country again :D

Sidney said...

Great you were able to meet in real life...

eastcoastlife said...

Looking at the steps, I get discouraged but if I'm there, I'll climb them too. :)

What a wonderful time you two have together! And how lovely to meet your family! I hope all of you can come to Singapore and I'll go visit you too. :)

MaR said...

How wonderful that you two got to meet each other!! it's always so special and so much fun! Thanks for the detailed report, Gattina. Those happy pictures tells thousands of words!

The housewife said...

You two really managed to fit in a full packed day! Thank you for sharing your day with us - Lovely photos.