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Welcome to the new, and improved version of Heaven in Belgium. I am Jientje. "Jientje", like the boys name Gene, followed by "chu"? "Gene-chu", that's how you pronounce my name. Yes!!!!That's it!! So now you know huh? I am an addicted blogger. I was born and raised and am still living in Belgium. Yeah, the "this-is- Tuesday-so-this-must-be-Brussels" kind of Belgium .. There, you see? Maybe you couldn't find it on the map, but at least I'm trying to change that a little by sharing lots of pictures. I really love to cook and create new things, like this blog for instance. I am a mother, not a grandmother,I don't know if I'll ever be, but I'll let you know in due time! Oh and um ... I am a wife too! They say I'm a traveler, and a photographer. Well that's just what they say, I love to make pictures, but I am far from professional ... If my English is not perfect, that would be because it's my second language. I do hope you'll forgive me any possible misspellings or strange vocabulary ... Now, as a result of all of the above, I get way too little sleep and my days are always much too short!

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday's Fave Five, Tourists in our own Country



It's Friday, time to join Susanne's Friday's Fave Five again. The idea of this meme is to look back upon the week that has passed and post about five things that have made your week special.




My week has been a very busy one, as we had
1. an extra long weekend away from home last weekend. We left last Friday and rented a little bungalow in a bungalow park till Monday morning. We stayed in the Gaume region, the southernmost part of Belgium, also known as the Belgian Provence.
2. The weather was wonderful, it was nice and warm and with gorgeous blue skies. (well, at least Friday and Saturday it was!) We could have breakfast outside and STAY outside until way after dark.
3. My camera worked overtime. We visited Torgny, one of the most beautiful little villages of the Gaume region, Orval abbey, the citadel of Montmedy ,Virton, and saw the most beautiful scenery! Needless to say my camera worked overtime!
4. Of course we tasted Orval beer, a Trappist beer brewed right there at the abbey. (Trappist beer is an appellation contr™lée in the world of beer. It covers the beers made by one Trappist monastery in the Netherlands and five in Belgium Source: Michael Jackson , the beerhunter)
We tried some dishes cooked with Orval beer later that evening, and had a matured Orval to go with it. Much to my surprise, I noticed that it was bottled on Oct 20th 2010, that's my birthday!!! My hubby asked the owners of the restaurant if we could buy some from them and bought a whole case!
5. It was back to school for me too this week. My cooking class started on Wednesday and yesterday evening I had my first digital photography lesson!

9 comments:

Kathie said...

Ooh a cooking class and a photography class - that sounds like such fun! I'm going to see if there are any classes around here.

How cool about the beer. They made it just for you!

Love your gorgeous, scenic photos.

Happy weekend!

Lisa notes... said...

Tourists in your own country…that’s a great thing to do. Few of us really know our own backyard areas as well as we could.

Hope you enjoy your digital photography class. Sounds fun!

Susanne said...

Sounds like such a wonderful getaway. And your country is so beautiful!

fruitfulwords said...

How cool to find and buy beer bottled on your birthday. Will you have a special birthday party and serve the beer then?

Please share some things that you learn from your cooking and photography classes. You are already so talented in both I can't even think what else you could learn.

Carrie said...

An extra long weekend and good weather! Oh yes! =D

Hope you enjoy a lovely weekend this week as well!

Gattina said...

Yes, we were lucky with the weather at least Friday and Saturday. My son was there with family and we could make a bbq at his friend's house. I am not equipped for so many babies !

Barbara H. said...

Sounds like a great vacation with all the beauitful sights to see! Have fun at your classes!

Loree said...

It's nice to be a tourist in your own country sometimes. It helps you appreciate your history and your own landscape.

Paz said...

Sounds and looks like you've been having a fun time. I love your collage. Have fun with your cooking and photography class.

Hugs!

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