Mr. G. had the good idea to install a big screen connected to my travel laptop, so that I could better see my pictures. It took me some time to get used to it, because sometimes I have to drag the program with my mouse on the big screen. But now it works ! I have to wait 6 to 8 weeks before my computer will be repaired ! That I call a quick service. A snail in a race makes it quicker !
2. My friend Claudie arrived from the South of France fortunately on the last day where it was very cold. Poor girl was freezing ! After having dropped off her suitcase, we went for a drink to the Waterloo Lion.
Unfortunately it was too cold to sit outside so we went to the Wellington Café and had our drink inside.
As Belgium has more than 2000 sorts of Beer, each time we have or had a drink she tries out a new one !
3. The weather got better and even the sun came out, so I went with her to Mons which is about 60 km from Waterloo. Mons became the European Capital of Culture for 2015 and there is a lot to see.
First went to see the little monkey the emblem of Mons which sits just besides the entrance. You have to stoke its head with your left hand which will bring you luck and happiness. That's why its head is so shiny, because everybody passing by strokes its head. We walked around this beautiful place and looked at the city hall, before we sat for lunch on a terrace of a café and had a "Croque Madam". It is a toast with ham and cheese and on top sits a fried egg. It was very good.
After lunch we went to see the "Beffroi" which is Belium's only baroque belfry and dates from the 17th century. We climbed up the hill which was quite hard, but then inside the tower there was a lift which took us about 60 m high from where we had a panoramic view all over Mons. Touchscreens were installed at each window and you could zoom on buildings and find a description.
Of course we wanted to see the house where the famous painter van Gogh has lived as a preacher before he decided to paint again. We didn't go inside as there were no paintings or furniture to see. It was a little outside of Mons and really worthwhile to see.
5. I wanted to show the nice Chinese Restaurant to Claudie so we had lunch there. She was delighted ! We ate that much that we felt like two balloons when we got out ! We walked a little around in a nearby located park, sat on a bench and tried to digest !
The rest of the day we spent on the terrace, and also did our fingernails. Mr.G. took the picture.
Claudie had brought us two enormous tomatoes from her garden !
They were so huge that they just fitted on the plate. We ate them for supper together with Mozarella cheese. They tasted delicious !
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