20 Aug 2012


When our guests from Southern France where gone, I was surprised that I wasn't that tired as we have visited a lot this last day ! As it was so hot and I didn't want to move anymore I sorted out the pictures I had taken the day before.

We had a look on the Royal Palace in Brussels which is the official "office" of King Albert II

Then I drove to the other side of Brussels to visit the Basilica of Koekelberg on Koekelberg hill, which is a landmark on the Brussels skyline. It is the largest building in Art Deco style in the world

From there we visited the Atomium and had lunch under the huge balls.

While talking with her hands Claudie spilled her beer over her t-shirt which caused a lot of laughter !

After our little break we went over to Mini Europe, and "travelled" through 28 European countries in about 1 1/2 hour ! Here you see Paris and the Eiffel tower, just under the real Atomium !

Pierre tried to drive a boat somewhere in the Netherlands

And I was sitting in front of Westminster and Big Ben ! The little copies of these famous buildings are very well built !

On Sunday it was even more hot, we approached 37°C (98 F). Impossible to go out elsewhere then in a nice wood. We choose the Solvay Park, with a lot of wood.

It's a beautiful place with a castle, but we prefered to stay in the wood and after Charly's bath we set in this tavern and had a cool beer.

Nicole's dog Charly was more than happy to swim in the cool water of one of the ponds and tried to pull out the root of a tree. We were sitting on a bench and enjoyed the coolness of the wood.

Then Charly met another dog and his owner took us to a fountain, where the dogs cleaned themselves, or rather were pushed in and jumped out !

and then slowly we returned home. It was a real nice afternoon.


A Lady's Life said...

Oh I love it when I can visit the world on a miniature scale. The day was lovely for you and the dogs had the best time socializing and getting wet lol
I hope they dried for the car ride back home lol
My little dog dries fast but the big dog would take a lot longer.

ZielonaMila said...

The fantastic trip and the outstanding photographic relation. I am greeting

Linens and Royals said...

Looks like you had a wonderful weekend with great photos to show.
What did I do?? well lunch with family at the local Chinese restaurant was the highlight of my weekend.

Mara said...

I love that photo of the Atomium. It never looked that good when I lived there: very dull and not at all shiny!

diane b said...

You sure packed a lot into your day. Like Mara, The Atomium is a lot shinier and cleaner than when we visited Brussels decades ago. The minature Europe would be fun to visit.I hope you are enjoying the hot summer weather, although 37*C is a bit too hot.

Maribeth said...

I love Ben & Jerry's. There is a shop just down the street, and I have such a hard time walking by it and not breaking my diet! lol!

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear Gattina,
Glad that you enjoy a special weekend with your friend, your pictures are beautiful!
We are back from Brazil, and I'm feeling so dizzy, it's that jet-lag so awful! :(
By the way, I love your blue chemisier, adorable!

claudie said...

What fun we had!!! sorry I had no time to post today cause I was all the day on the touch with my mobilphone calling for a studio in Aix en Provence! Tomorrow We'll visit one and perhaps still two after! The pics are beautiful! we miss you and Mr G. We tasted the Lambrusco! Delicious! Like we were still a little in your beautiful garden!

Loree said...

It sounds like fun except this heat which has Europe in its grip. I wish it would go away. 25C feels so much nicer than 35 or 40C :(

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina .. I loved Brussels when I visited - and am so pleased you had fun with your French friends ..

Wonderful photos .. and the heat seems to have eased off ..

Cheers Hilary