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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,a grandmothe and 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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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Weekly Winners, The Diver and the Little Giant Girl






Two giant puppets were roaming the streets of Antwerp last weekend.

The diver

and his niece, the little giant girl.


He was looking for her

while at the other side of the city

the girl was looking for her uncle.


They were operated by an army of puppeteers



who looked like Lilliput men compared to the giant puppets.
It took ten puppeteers to move one leg, can you imagine?

When she got tired of walking,


  they let her sleep for a while.



while her uncle continued his search.


The story took three days to unravel. They finally found each other at the end of the third day. 
For three days, the giant puppets and their puppeteers were the talk of the town …


I found this video on You Tube, it was not made by me but I’m adding it anyway, just to give you some idea of how huge this whole project was. It was shot on the first day of the event, the arrival of the little girl giant, whereas my own photos were made on the second day.


Weekly Winners is hosted by Lotus, AKA Sarcastic Mom at I Am Lotus.


Bientje said...

Simply amazing sis!
I would have loved to see it! But now I can see it through your eyes and it gives me goosebumps!
Big hug,
Your little sister

spacedlaw said...

The Royal deLuxe shows are wonderful! I hope to be able to see them one day.

Secret Agent Mama - Mishelle Lane said...

So crazy awesome interesting!! XO

Tara R. said...

Wow! Those puppets are amazing. What a cool story. I love the puppeteers' costumes too.

Pat said...

I do have to apologize for my last comment that the puppet girl was a little creepy! So sorry! I didn't know the whole story behind this. Now that I see the complete story, all your photos - wow! That must have been spectacular to see! I watched the video - that was really something!

James said...

That is so cool! I saw the giant girl in a tv commercial and I wondered if they used special effects. I would love to see this.

Malia said...

Wow! Those puppets are amazing and your photos of them are wonderful! What a fun thing to be able to experience.

Sarah said...

How creepy-cool!! Lovely!! It must have been amazing to see first hand!

Loree said...

Amazing. Wow I can only imagine how much work it took to work those giant puppets.

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Fantastic photos of a gigantic venture.

Darryl and Ruth : )

Jeanette said...

Oh wow!! I saw photos of them on Big Picture a few months ago. Quite incredible

Marina said...

Thank you for your welcome words!
Unfortunately we lost this amazing(!!!)event. We're trying to see as many as we can from the events, here in Belgium, to know better the country we live in...Do you know a site which writes abut all the events that take place in Belgium?

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Wow! Those are some incredible puppets!

Wanda..... said...

Very unique entertainment, Jientje. I have a very small puppet, which I can hardly make do anything!

Denise @ Musician's Widow said...

These photos are both amazing and creepy... but ultimately they're just incredible. WOW

Gattina said...

That's absolutely amazing ! I missed something ! Do they do this each year ? I didn't know ! fortunately you covered this event !

Nana said...

Yeah, we had lot's of luck that day! :-)

The French Bear said...

This is really amazing! I can't even begin to think of all the work it took to do all this....how exciting to see it live!!!
Margaret B

Wendy said...

How thrilling to see this live and unfolding in front of you. Who pays for this troupe of puppeteers to come to a town? And then spend three days performing this? When I googled "large puppets in Belgium" I found they have done this with the girl and a large elephant as well. Thank you for sharing your pictures. I learn something new every day when I am on my computer.

Colleen said...

I've seen these on the travel channel. How exciting it must have been in real life.

Suburban Girl said...

My goodness...these shots are awesome. I can imagine being the talk of the town! Wow. I am catching up on blogs...I've missed so much with summer's travels.

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