6 Jun 2014


1. The Waterloo city had organized a trip to Antwerp for its seniors. When my friend Christiane and I arrived far too early on the parking, there were two completely boozed men in their 30th who made a lot of noise and poured beer out of  cans over their heads. I thought it's better to wait in the car, as we were alone on the parking and I feared they would come to say "hello". But they decided to bother a truck driver and as he didn't move, they tried to unscrew the petrol tank. I already had my mobile in hand to call the police, when suddenly a police car arrived. The truck driver probably had called them.

First their was one police car, but one of the guys didn't want to get in the car (the other had disappeared) then suddenly 3 other police cars arrived for help ! (now I know were our taxes go, 4 police cars with in total 6 policemen for one drunken guy) It took some time until they managed to get him in the car. One kicked him in the knees and another pulled him by the hairs and then 3 of them pushed him into the car, where the guy rampaged and shouted. Then they drove all away. I wonder if the policemen survived the beer smell !

2. Finally people were arriving and then came the bus and without any further events we drove to Antwerp.

When we arrived we were taken on a visit to two museums.

The "MAS" which was very disappointing because besides photos from WW I and which decorated the walls, I can't remember that I have seen anything else. As we three had all the same impression, we quickly went up 3 elevators to the panorama roof.

There we saw Antwerp from above.

And the "Red Line" Museum, the building from which between 1873 and 1935 the Red Star Line shipping company transported almost three million people from Antwerp to America and Canada. There too we were disappointed, besides a few old suitcases, trunks, and some documents, we saw nothing. We decided not to listen to the explanations given per computer, but instead went outside and had a coffee.


After lunch on a cruise ship (see post below) we walked through Antwerp and ended the day with pouring rain. Our raincoats we had left in the coach of course. Nicole and Christane protected themselves with their purses and the map of Antwerp.

4. In my painting course I didn't paint, I took pictures ! I was asked to compose a poster with the paintings my classmates had done for the 25th anniversary of the retirement home.

I had taken my little travel computer with me and they were all surprised what you can do with photos ! Of course this is only a trial. The screen on my little computer is too small to see properly.

5. Poor Brussels had suffered for two days with the G7 and even more with Obama. Again 3000 policemen watched and snipers were on the roofs when "The Beast" with his enormous escorts went to visit our King and then the next day to the meeting. I think the working population loves Obama, but only on TV.

Our son had asked Mr. G. to come with him and Grandson Toby to Italy for a week. For once he will travel to see his sister meanwhile 82. The whole afternoon he was lost in front of his suitcase and I had to help. People should have watched this "comedia all'italana" ! Now I am exhausted but then I have 10 days to rest ! My DIL and I prefer to stay home she in Amsterdam and I in Waterloo !

more participants at Susanne at Living to tell the Story.


Linens and Royals said...

Three generations of males off to Italy, they will have a great time. Meanwhile you will have a relaxing holiday with the cats. Hope the cats don't become too demanding while MrG is away.
Love the poster, very colourful.

Fun60 said...

You don't seem to be very lucky with the weather at the moment. I am with you about getting bored with long descriptions of things in museums, a cup of coffee seems to be a much better alternative. But what an exciting start to your trip with the arrest of that drunk in the carpark. I'm surprised the police didn't ask you to be a witness.

Catch My Words said...

Great pictures.

I like Obama.


Unknown said...

Sounded rather as if that drunk guy may have had some drugs, too.

We have the G20 summit in November. Brisbane and parts of the Gold Coast will be in virtual lock down at times.

I'd love to have seen the performance getting Mr G off to Italy! It must have been quite funny :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Your poster is gorgeous! So it took his son to get Mr G out of the house huh? Good for him. Enjoy your time "off."

eastcoastlife said...

Wow, those are pretty paintings from your classmates.

Would Mr G be taking photos of his holiday? :P

Anni said...

...aha!!! Mr. G is finally taking the step away from home on a trip to Italy. Good for him. Just hope he enjoys it.

If they're anything like our police, they don't want to 'harm' anyone in the actions of arresting. Which is a bunch of crap if you ask me...they break the law, they should have NO rights.