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Title: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on November 19, 2017, 05:01:06 pm
Find myself in Brussels. Not at all what I had planned and have nothing to do with politics.  Was lucky enough to find an accounting position with IKEA providing temporary capacity while they implement an in-house project.

IKEA has been an exceptional employer and provided endless support, especially almost all that I needed to know about Belgium. They help with all the administrative requirements which are numerous and still on going. My latest process is to get a Drivers License which may take up to two months. Have no car so no rush, at the moment. Have been eyeing cars though.

For the first month I stayed in a fully furnished business flat in Evere which is on the outskirts of Brussels. It is French speaking and has many flat buildings. Was on the 7th floor. It is not far from NATO headquarters.

Had to find my own apartment and started searching from day one. The amazing thing is that the first apartment I viewed was the one I ended up taking. Did see several others but this one had something none of the other could beat, just 1km from the office – an easy bicycle ride or walk. An absolute pleasure to be able to enjoy lunch at home and not to have to sit in traffic. It is in Zaventem, also the location of the airport. Still getting used to overhead planes though. 

Had to furnish it. Very helpful to be close to an IKEA store, which has become my second home.

Moving day was especially stressful as I had to buy a bed and also assemble it. Was at the store first thing collecting all the various items I needed and stacking trolleys at the checkout. Had to manhandle four trolleys by the end. They have a taxi service to transport purchases home.  They would not carry purchases upstairs and left it all at the building’s entrance. I begged for help to at least carry my mattress upstairs which the driver agreed to, but only for €5. Once all was inside the question was whether I would be sleeping on the floor or in a bed. I carefully followed the instructions not wanting to end up with a bed that looked like a cupboard. My neighbours could not have been too happy as I was building past midnight. At least I could fall asleep in my new bed that night. Continued the next day with a cupboard which luckily did not look like a bed. Also assembled a desk and a chair. The luxury of the necessities of life.

Over the almost now two months I have been an avid homemaker. Moved onto a lounge suite and then a dinning room set. Also had to do something about laundry and bought a washing machine. This was at least installed in my bathroom.

Things become high tech with the installation of Wi-Fi and cable (Flemish and French language). Connected to the world and the acquisition of a TV.

Enjoyed the assembly of furniture and have had fun trying to be an interior decorator. Swedish design has made my life easier and have not been disappointed.

So far, only had one major disaster with a half build cupboard collapsing when I tried to lift it up. Was not careful enough and ended up ripping all the screws out. With a little wood filler and turning it upside-down, it is now built and standing.   

So far, happy with life and hope to soon start doing some exploring around Brussels. Still have a 2nd bedroom to look at, not to mention 50 boxes on their way.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on November 19, 2017, 05:03:34 pm
Pictures
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Post by: Splash on November 19, 2017, 05:04:45 pm
Pictures
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on November 19, 2017, 05:09:10 pm
Pictures
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Oubones on November 19, 2017, 05:23:35 pm
Thanks for sharing and giving us a bit off insight as to living there.
I for one know nothing off the country and appreciate you taking the time to post this.
Keep it coming. :sip:
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: BMWPE on November 19, 2017, 05:43:10 pm
Thanks for sharing and giving us a bit off insight as to living there.
I for one know nothing off the country and appreciate you taking the time to post this.
Keep it coming. :sip:

I agree
Yes Thanks
and keep it coming
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: dirtyXT on November 19, 2017, 06:36:28 pm
keep it coming! I'll live through you vicariously

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Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Sláinte Mhaith on November 19, 2017, 08:08:36 pm
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Post by: IceCreamMan on November 19, 2017, 09:30:55 pm
My home town
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on November 19, 2017, 10:04:52 pm
My home town
Very nice and fortunate.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: IceCreamMan on November 19, 2017, 10:11:58 pm
My home town
Very nice and fortunate.

If you like history an architecture Brussels is fantastic. Like all of Europe I spose but Brussels has more beer.

Today I went to Stonehenge an salisbury, in Salisbury I went to the cathedral built in 1220. Mesmerised by its beauty an attention to detail. It blew my mind it is so beautiful.

See u posted a pic of the plutonium, went there as a kid, brought back memories. Keep the pics coming. It’s a beautiful place esp in autumn aN spring.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: TeeJay on November 20, 2017, 09:10:52 am
Congrats - very nice. Will check in on this thread daily - love reading about people living overseas. Please keep us updated. Thank you!
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Welsh on November 20, 2017, 09:19:04 am
My home town
Very nice and fortunate.

If you like history an architecture Brussels is fantastic. Like all of Europe I spose but Brussels has more beer.

Today I went to Stonehenge an salisbury, in Salisbury I went to the cathedral built in 1220. Mesmerised by its beauty an attention to detail. It blew my mind it is so beautiful.

See u posted a pic of the plutonium, went there as a kid, brought back memories. Keep the pics coming. It’s a beautiful place esp in autumn aN spring.

My daughter and I went with friends to Stonehenge about 3 years ago, they live in Basingstoke and then on to the New Forest (daughter is/ was horse mad) to see the wild new forest ponies, some magic pubs in the forest as well.  :biggrin: :biggrin:
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: lpj on November 20, 2017, 09:32:01 am
My home town
Very nice and fortunate.

If you like history an architecture Brussels is fantastic. Like all of Europe I spose but Brussels has more beer.

Today I went to Stonehenge an salisbury, in Salisbury I went to the cathedral built in 1220. Mesmerised by its beauty an attention to detail. It blew my mind it is so beautiful.

See u posted a pic of the Atomium, went there as a kid, brought back memories. Keep the pics coming. It’s a beautiful place esp in autumn aN spring.

Fixed  :biggrin:

Agree though, Brussels is a cool town
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: immigrant on November 21, 2017, 09:03:06 pm
Good for you Splash, your persistence paid off. Well done !!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on November 21, 2017, 09:10:34 pm
Good for you Splash, your persistence paid off. Well done !!  :thumleft:
Has been a journey and a half. Thanks.  :)
Title: Brussels Move
Post by: DCR on November 21, 2017, 09:56:14 pm
Nice Splash. Zaventem is a great town - just close enough to and far enough away from Brussels city centre.

All the best with settling in.

Christmas market should be coming up soon, which is well worth an evening (or a few) walking the city.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: IceCreamMan on November 21, 2017, 09:57:39 pm
My home town
Very nice and fortunate.

If you like history an architecture Brussels is fantastic. Like all of Europe I spose but Brussels has more beer.

Today I went to Stonehenge an salisbury, in Salisbury I went to the cathedral built in 1220. Mesmerised by its beauty an attention to detail. It blew my mind it is so beautiful.

See u posted a pic of the plutonium, went there as a kid, brought back memories. Keep the pics coming. It’s a beautiful place esp in autumn aN spring.

My daughter and I went with friends to Stonehenge about 3 years ago, they live in Basingstoke and then on to the New Forest (daughter is/ was horse mad) to see the wild new forest ponies, some magic pubs in the forest as well.  :biggrin: :biggrin:

You should come visit.  Nice pubs in my neck of the woods an loads of them.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: IceCreamMan on November 21, 2017, 09:59:14 pm
My home town
Very nice and fortunate.

If you like history an architecture Brussels is fantastic. Like all of Europe I spose but Brussels has more beer.

Today I went to Stonehenge an salisbury, in Salisbury I went to the cathedral built in 1220. Mesmerised by its beauty an attention to detail. It blew my mind it is so beautiful.

See u posted a pic of the Atomium, went there as a kid, brought back memories. Keep the pics coming. It’s a beautiful place esp in autumn aN spring.

Fixed  :biggrin:

Agree though, Brussels is a cool town

Haha yes of course.

Went there with my grandad in 76. Damn now I am all melancholy.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Ri on November 21, 2017, 11:04:29 pm
Place doesn't look bad at all! Nice furniture  :biggrin:

I really hope you enjoy life in Brussels :thumleft:

I once participated in the making of an IKEA ad at the 2 Military Hospital in Wynberg, Cape Town. Wonder if it ever aired?
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: DCR on November 22, 2017, 06:57:22 am
Hey Splash, please keep posting here as you go along. I might have an opportunity to relocate to Brussels in the future and would like to know what life there is really like. The office is in Zaventem (well, Brussels side of the highway where all those office buildings are) but I have only spent a month there, which is not really enough to form opinions.

Cheers.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on November 22, 2017, 08:44:08 am
Hey Splash, please keep posting here as you go along. I might have an opportunity to relocate to Brussels in the future and would like to know what life there is really like. The office is in Zaventem (well, Brussels side of the highway where all those office buildings are) but I have only spent a month there, which is not really enough to form opinions.

Cheers.
My apartment is in Zaventem.

About the extent of my exploring, the weather does not make for great opportunities to get out unfortunately. Might have to wait to spring. A car would help. Watching a lot of TV.

Will keep you all posted. Don't hold your breath though.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: 0012 on November 22, 2017, 04:02:14 pm
sub  :sip:
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: dookie on November 22, 2017, 04:11:01 pm
Also IKEA issue ?

Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on November 22, 2017, 04:41:22 pm
The bag belongs to a "little old lady" that owns the apartment. No really, she exists. Seem to be dealing with her son though!

Have a 9 year lease. Not moving for a while. Have a 3 month rental penalty if I break the lease within the first year. Would also have to give a months written notice. They got two months rental as a guarantee and do not like paying it back - very quick to claim damages.

Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on November 25, 2017, 08:27:12 am
Death and taxes, the only two certainties in life. Being an immigrant, tax is complicated. In Belgium, am getting a special very low tax rate. Getting help from KPMG with my tax returns. There is not way I would be able to get it right, not to mention language barriers. As normal, tax is only assessed at the end of a tax year which can be a long time to mess up. For a normal Belgium resident, tax it is a simple one page online submission. Very easy to reach the top 50% tax bracket (€38,830). They do have big allowances for children.   

Income tax table for 2017 

From EUR   To EUR   EUR   Percent
0           11,070   0                   25
11,070   12,720   2,767.50           30
12,720   21,190   3,262.50           40
21,190   38,830   6,650.50           45
38,830   Over   14,588.50   50

Personal allowances                  EUR
Basic personal allowance          7,270
Personal allowance 1 child          1,550
Personal allowance 2 children   3,980
Personal allowance 3 children   8,920
Personal allowance 4 children   14,420
For every extra child                   5,510
Extra allowance per child less than 3 years old (if no deductions for actual child care expenses incurred are claimed)   580

Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Pumbaa on November 25, 2017, 10:41:36 am
Hey Splash, please keep posting here as you go along. I might have an opportunity to relocate to Brussels in the future and would like to know what life there is really like. The office is in Zaventem (well, Brussels side of the highway where all those office buildings are) but I have only spent a month there, which is not really enough to form opinions.

Cheers.
My apartment is in Zaventem.

About the extent of my exploring, the weather does not make for great opportunities to get out unfortunately. Might have to wait to spring. A car would help. Watching a lot of TV.

Will keep you all posted. Don't hold your breath though.
Like you, I live in Northern Europe and have lived here for a long time. One thing you need to try and adjust to as quickly as possible is the fact that you will have live with a lot of bad weather. For this you need to change your outlook on weather. It will make life a lot better. A good saying here in tye Netherlands is, You don't have bad weather, you only have bad clothing.

To give you an example, our 1 year old son goes to daycare here. They give you the option for the kids to sleep outside during the day. This happens winter and summer,  regardless of the weather. It is a refreshing approach, and our boy loves it.

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Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on November 25, 2017, 11:43:35 am
Agree with you. Weather is an issue. At the moment have been busy enough inside but need to get myself outdoors. Which is what I am going to do right now. Thanks for the comment. Went shopping. Needed new clothes for our Christmas Dinner.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: NoRush on November 25, 2017, 08:31:44 pm
 :sip: Thanks for sharing your life with us.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on November 30, 2017, 07:23:34 am
Bought a car yesterday. A Toyota Auris 2012 for €7 502. Will get it next week Thursday once it has been transferred.

Still waiting for a Belgian drivers license - getting desperate. Would I be able to leave it in my garage?

Similar to a Toyota Conquest I perviously owned which was great. Hope this is as successful.

Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: TeeJay on November 30, 2017, 08:51:19 am
Nice - a hybrid I see!
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 02, 2017, 05:43:18 pm
Bought some cupboards etc. Have some entertainment ahead. Ordered online and delivered on Saturday.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: immigrant on December 16, 2017, 05:30:05 pm
I feel your pain Splash. I also received an IKEA delivery. That pile of yours looks like a "10 beer" job
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 16, 2017, 05:40:08 pm
I feel your pain Splash. I also received an IKEA delivery. That pile of yours looks like a "10 beer" job
Amazing once it is all together. Am hating the thought of having to ever move the furniture. Have fun. Always surprises me how everything fits perfectly together.
Did you get it delivered or fetched it yourself? Guess you do not have a store around the corner?
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: immigrant on December 16, 2017, 06:46:21 pm
I feel your pain Splash. I also received an IKEA delivery. That pile of yours looks like a "10 beer" job
Amazing once it is all together. Am hating the thought of having to ever move the furniture. Have fun. Always surprises me how everything fits perfectly together.
Did you get it delivered or fetched it yourself? Guess you do not have a store around the corner?
It got delivered from Edmonton to a warehouse, and from there I got a courier to deliver to town where I picked it up. All in shipping was $200. Not bad considering the logistics involved and the 2 day trip it saved me.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: immigrant on December 16, 2017, 06:50:59 pm
My previous delivery did not work out so well. Somewhere between Ikea and the courier this happened to my kitchen sink

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171216/6cde223235839c3b7f7bf39af9ffe9fe.jpg)

Tell your new boss I want a new sink...



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Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: TeeJay on December 16, 2017, 07:11:18 pm
Probably better quality than we get here. So a family member (lady) recently bought a kit unit and guess who was summoned to put it together - ha ha. Now I'm quite handy with tools and reading plans etc but I tell ya - it took a good 4 hours to assemble. I can just imagine an ordinary person with limited knowledge/experience having to do it  :patch:
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 16, 2017, 08:54:41 pm
Probably better quality than we get here. So a family member (lady) recently bought a kit unit and guess who was summoned to put it together - ha ha. Now I'm quite handy with tools and reading plans etc but I tell ya - it took a good 4 hours to assemble. I can just imagine an ordinary person with limited knowledge/experience having to do it  :patch:
You are right in that it is very time consuming. The beauty is that it is flat packed so inexpensive to ship. $200 from Edmonton sounds like a bargain. My shipping cost was all in but I understand it would have been €180. IKEA has put a lot of effort into its plans and find them very easy to follow. Almost anyone should be fine.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 17, 2017, 05:41:54 pm
Went to Brussels city centre today to enjoy a little Christmas spirit.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: 4 Kays on December 17, 2017, 07:53:27 pm
Splash, I salute people like you that have the balls to leave everything and everyone behind and take up a new challenge  :thumleft:  :thumleft:

I should have done so years ago but was to worried about the "what if ...."

Keep the posts coming ... :sip:  :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Bensien on December 17, 2017, 11:01:55 pm
I’ve spent a quite a bit of time in Belgium. What I liked (besides the beer) was the public transport system. You can  live in in in a country village like Tremelo and commute to Brussels or Antwerp every day. And if you are bored, Paris, Cologne and Amsterdam are just a short hop away. I was once offered a position at the WCO in Brussels, which I foolishly declined. I wish I could turn back the clock.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 18, 2017, 08:04:51 am
I’ve spent a quite a bit of time in Belgium. What I liked (besides the beer) was the public transport system. You can  live in in in a country village like Tremelo and commute to Brussels or Antwerp every day. And if you are bored, Paris, Cologne and Amsterdam are just a short hop away. I was once offered a position at the WCO in Brussels, which I foolishly declined. I wish I could turn back the clock.
You are right about the trains. From Brussels one can catch the Thalys train and get to Parys, Amsterdam or London within an hour or two. The beauty is that it gives airlines and airport security the finger. Much easier to just arrive and get on a train without having to worry about boarding times and security checks. Not to mention criminal airport parking fees or additional airport public transport fees (Brussels airport adds €5).
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: BlueBull2007 on December 18, 2017, 02:57:25 pm
Are you going to get a bike? ;D
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 18, 2017, 09:35:40 pm
Are you going to get a bike? ;D
Terrible question. Have been looking longly at bikes. Will see. Can hear dirt bikes in the forests and do see tracks. One little step at a time for me. Am sure to let you all know.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: BlueBull2007 on December 19, 2017, 07:38:58 am
Well anyone riding before March is nuts so you have some time ;D
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Post by: Ganjora on December 19, 2017, 12:22:15 pm
Was in brussels in 95 when i did my european adventure.
Loved the old town centre.
Loved the beer.
If only europe was a little warmer and lawless like africa,  i could live there...
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: IceCreamMan on December 20, 2017, 10:50:08 pm
Will be in Brussels next week for a few days with family to show them where I lived and grew up blah blah.....looking forward to it.

Staying close to the grand place like all good tourists but will show them my Belgium tattoo so they don’t try rip me off.  :ricky:

Gonna be interesting to see their expressions when I drive on the left like all civilized nations do......
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 23, 2017, 06:52:53 pm
Last chance to visit the Aachen Christmas Market. A €30 return train tick and a two hour trip. They definitely know how to celebrate Christmas. Merry Christmas to everyone and a happy New Year.

Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 24, 2017, 07:59:48 pm
Went to the beach today - by train a little more than an hour away. Still no white Christmas for me.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 25, 2017, 02:37:36 pm
Christmas Morning cycle in the forests.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 26, 2017, 07:32:08 pm
Easy walk around a beautiful city - Antwerp. 30 minutes by train from Brussels.
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Post by: TeeJay on December 27, 2017, 08:35:30 am
Nice - thanks for posting - beautiful forest that!

Hope you had a good Christmas.
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Post by: Sam on December 27, 2017, 09:13:12 am
Everything looks so "civilised" there. Lekker!

Have you been to Brugge yet? Quite a cool little dorpie. To my knowledge, there's also a pretty good military museum in Brussels that apparently worth visiting.

I was where you are now a couple of Christmas' back....no snow, but bloody cold!!
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Post by: Ri on December 27, 2017, 04:28:24 pm
Thanks for the beautiful photographs! I am riding through the hot Karoo and these sommer make me feel chilled.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: IceCreamMan on December 28, 2017, 10:17:58 am
Arrived in Brussels last night, driving around the city on the wrong side of the road is hellova stressful but that’s a learning curve.
Walked around the grand place and hit the touristy bars for beer as one does. The population of Brussels has changed since I lived here that’s for sure.

Went for a run this morning up to the basilica and around Bruxelles, beautiful city it is. More beautiful than most I reckon.

Now for more beer an hit the tourist traps. Beer prices in the grand place and tourist places are on par with my local in uk so not to bad, makes the eyes water when paying in rands though.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 28, 2017, 02:18:01 pm
Arrived in Brussels last night, driving around the city on the wrong side of the road is hellova stressful but that’s a learning curve.
Walked around the grand place and hit the touristy bars for beer as one does. The population of Brussels has changed since I lived here that’s for sure.

Went for a run this morning up to the basilica and around Bruxelles, beautiful city it is. More beautiful than most I reckon.

Now for more beer an hit the tourist traps. Beer prices in the grand place and tourist places are on par with my local in uk so not to bad, makes the eyes water when paying in rands though.
Give me a shout. Am at work though. Someone has to.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: BlueBull2007 on December 28, 2017, 07:11:53 pm
Splash - You should pop down to some of the WWI battlefields. Truly worth it. :deal:
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 28, 2017, 08:28:05 pm
A note. Do not buy a local computer. My hard drive died on Tuesday, ordered a computer on Wednesday and it arrived Thursday morning - great. Wanted to send it back because the Russias had hacked my keyboard. In Belgium ... they have AZERTY keyboards!!!

Christmas Holidays

In Brussels over Christmas with no plans. In haste, looked up train timetables and asked for advice on where to go. Got several suggestions for my four days for four trips.

Turned out Aarchen’s Christmas Market was ending so that became my first outing on Saturday. Was apprehensive about the distance so made an early start. It was so early, the station still had homeless people hanging around from the night before. Got a return ticket with one stop for €31. Seemed like a bargain to me. Was not the only one on the train with a similar plan. A festive holiday mood was present, no Ì have to go work´ unhappiness. Changed trains in a town called Verviers. Was not hard to find my connection, just followed the crowd.   

Aachen is a beautiful historic German town with something to prove for Christmas. The market was fantastic. Loved the food and bought a loaf of dark bread to take home and some gingerbread biscuits.

Sunday seemed like a beach day to me. Made my way back to the train station and for €20 got a return ticket to Ostend. The train was empty. Not really the weather for swimming. Anyway, was not disappointed and the sea provided a perfect setting for a walk along the promenade. Loved watching dogs being taken for walks, little children misbehaving and kite surfers (bigger children). Have to go back in summer.

Christmas day was a slow day with little happening. Had planned to do a cycle ride through the local forest. Was not disappointed and loved the piece. Went through Tervuren and saw some people singing English carols. The town has a large expat community. Back home and I readied myself for free movies from my cable provider. Managed four and called it a good effort.

On my fourth day, needed more excitement and headed for Antwerp. Was in good company as the city was busy. Lots of people from the Netherlands. Obviously worth the drive. Climbed a 10 story building with a panoramic viewing deck only to be stuck by how flat the earth looked, at least in Antwerp.
Back home and happy to have had my four days of holiday for Christmas. Merry Christmas to you all. Hope it was for you all you had wished for.
   
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Ri on December 28, 2017, 10:28:37 pm
Merry Christmas! As someone who hasn't owned a TV for probably 10 years now, your effort seems excellent  :imaposer:

Sounds great, thank you for sharing, also beautiful photos  ;)
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: landieman on December 29, 2017, 03:07:00 pm
nicely done Splash!!always great to see hard work paying off  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: immigrant on December 30, 2017, 01:51:16 am
Seems like you are settling in nicely Splash. Keep the pictures coming. I find Europe fascinating. But I doubt I will ever go there - to many people. It will make me nervous.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: landieman on December 30, 2017, 06:35:29 am
not to mention the suspect syrian "refugees"
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: IceCreamMan on December 30, 2017, 09:41:52 am
not to mention the suspect syrian "refugees"

In Brussels they have put cement blocks to prevent access,to vehicles to the tourist areas, there are also army patrols so they are vigilant as due to the history they have been the victim of a number of attacks. Of course it won’t stop a person wearing a vest blowing themselves up in the grand place which is full of people when they do the light show off,the fantastic buildings.

I guess it’s a sign of the times. The population of Brussels has changed, I was expecting that what I did not expect was the number of South Americans, Peruvians mainly.

Alas, also many beggars, sometimes whole families living on the streets, almost always of North African descent. Damn sad to see kids living on the streets.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Welsh on December 30, 2017, 10:36:39 am
Splash, in the one seaside picture is that a kite surfer in the background, being Welsh I understand cold water.  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 30, 2017, 10:58:51 am
Splash, in the one seaside picture is that a kite surfer in the background, being Welsh I understand cold water.  :peepwall:
Looked like great fun. Exceptionally envious. Wind was not a problem!
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 30, 2017, 11:03:03 am
not to mention the suspect syrian "refugees"

In Brussels they have put cement blocks to prevent access,to vehicles to the tourist areas, there are also army patrols so they are vigilant as due to the history they have been the victim of a number of attacks. Of course it won’t stop a person wearing a vest blowing themselves up in the grand place which is full of people when they do the light show off,the fantastic buildings.

I guess it’s a sign of the times. The population of Brussels has changed, I was expecting that what I did not expect was the number of South Americans, Peruvians mainly.

Alas, also many beggars, sometimes whole families living on the streets, almost always of North African descent. Damn sad to see kids living on the streets.
Taken visible policing to another level. Not taking any chances. Somehow, might work. Does make the city look like a Hollywood set. Feel sorry for the soldiers having to spend their days in a railway station!
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 30, 2017, 09:54:41 pm
Being the New Year weekend, Brugge was on the agenda.

Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 31, 2017, 07:46:25 pm
Arlon, a little village. Very nice train ride. In the east of the country.

Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: TeeJay on December 31, 2017, 08:33:40 pm
Mmmmm those cakes  :thumleft:

So much history there hey.

I was looking at those retaining blocks filled with flowering plants and thought how it looks here in SA - would never look like that!

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 31, 2017, 10:18:23 pm
Mmmmm those cakes  :thumleft:

So much history there hey.

I was looking at those retaining blocks filled with flowering plants and thought how it looks here in SA - would never look like that!

Enjoy!
They have also done the same along the railway line, except in big blocks. Should look better than a concrete wall. Unfortunately, everything is dead at the moment.
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Post by: Splash on January 02, 2018, 08:55:55 pm
All things have a beginning and so too they must have an ending. Took my last two trips before next year.

First was on Saturday to Brugge. An amazing tourist city with cruise ships of visitors descending on the town. Enjoyed the festive atmosphere walking around the old city centre. A pleasure to be able to enjoy the architecture and the tourists. Do plan to make another trip back, just need to check my timing.

Second on my list was, well, not really sure what I wanted. Decided on Aarlen as it is in the south-west of Belgium, and that was about it. Was a wonderful train ride into the mountains.

The city itself was nothing exceptional. Was still nice to walk up to the cathedral which has a great view of the town. Did not hang around long and was soon back on my way home.

Enough excitement for this year and needed a day to rest.

Happy New Year to you all and may 2018 be just the best ever.
 
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Post by: Ri on January 03, 2018, 10:05:35 am

Happy New Year to you all and may 2018 be just the best ever.
 

Thanks for the lovely posts and photo's.

Best wishes to you too for 2018!  :cheers:
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Post by: Splash on January 14, 2018, 07:57:16 pm
Went to Bergen today - a pretty city which I would like to visit again.
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Post by: Ri on January 14, 2018, 09:27:17 pm
Beautiful photo's! That wooden sculpture/art work looks like something from Africa Burn.
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Post by: eberhard on January 15, 2018, 05:23:40 pm
I only recently started following your fred and I like what I see. Some really great pictures you’ve put up.

Keep it up.  :thumleft:

Where possible, give information as to the daily hang of things, e.g. how’s the shopping there, restaurants, somewhere to sit for a coffee and snack, service in general, law enforcement, bureaucracy, red tape, the neighbours, people in general, etc. A bit of gossip, you know those juicy bits.
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Post by: sidetrack on January 17, 2018, 02:04:03 pm
Splash when you get a chance head south to Amiens in France, the cathedral is something to behold. The pinnacle of Gothic architecture  :thumleft: Only 2h40 drive.
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Post by: Splash on January 20, 2018, 07:36:54 pm
I only recently started following your fred and I like what I see. Some really great pictures you’ve put up.

Keep it up.  :thumleft:

Where possible, give information as to the daily hang of things, e.g. how’s the shopping there, restaurants, somewhere to sit for a coffee and snack, service in general, law enforcement, bureaucracy, red tape, the neighbours, people in general, etc. A bit of gossip, you know those juicy bits.

Life is actually very boring and normal. Let me know if you would like to know something specific.
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Post by: Splash on January 20, 2018, 07:37:48 pm
Tournai in the rain. Some pictures. This train leaves from my home station, so did not have to go to Brussels first.
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Post by: eberhard on January 20, 2018, 10:16:14 pm
I only recently started following your fred and I like what I see. Some really great pictures you’ve put up.

Keep it up.  :thumleft:

Where possible, give information as to the daily hang of things, e.g. how’s the shopping there, restaurants, somewhere to sit for a coffee and snack, service in general, law enforcement, bureaucracy, red tape, the neighbours, people in general, etc. A bit of gossip, you know those juicy bits.

Life is actually very boring and normal. Let me know if you would like to know something specific.

Maybe I was too subtle. HOW ARE THE GIRLS THERE?!
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Post by: eberhard on January 20, 2018, 10:18:56 pm
On second thought, not the one pictured above. Good photo, by the way, but too cold for me.
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Post by: Splash on January 21, 2018, 10:15:09 am
On second thought, not the one pictured above. Good photo, by the way, but too cold for me.
Good question about ladies, not so much about the weather. A little frustrating as many do not speak English. They are good looking though. A huge multi-cultural mix of people in Brussels. 
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Post by: Splash on January 21, 2018, 04:08:38 pm
Sunday morning cycle to Leuven.
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Post by: sidetrack on January 23, 2018, 01:48:14 pm
Sunday morning cycle to Leuven.
I see even the horses are prepared for the cold  :biggrin:
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Post by: landieman on January 24, 2018, 07:01:16 am
Can you get by with speaking afrikaans?was possible when i was in amsterdam
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Post by: Splash on January 24, 2018, 08:35:59 am
Can you get by with speaking afrikaans?was possible when i was in amsterdam
Agreed with Afrikaans in Amsterdam. Except, Brussels is French. And they do NOT speak English. Not even Flemish either. Taking about a divided society!
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Post by: Splash on January 27, 2018, 09:44:49 pm
Visited Gent. A medieval city which is now a student city.
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Post by: Mr Zog on January 28, 2018, 01:51:11 am
Beautiful architecture.

And that MacDonalds must be the prettiest one ever  8)  :thumleft:
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Post by: Splash on January 28, 2018, 05:43:48 pm
Cycle ride to Wemmel Brussels.
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Post by: Ri on January 28, 2018, 06:10:28 pm
Lovely.

Do houses have gardens? Or is it also a situation where they rent or own a plot of land for gardening on the outskirts of the city, like for instance Vienna?
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Post by: Splash on January 28, 2018, 10:02:50 pm
Lovely.

Do houses have gardens? Or is it also a situation where they rent or own a plot of land for gardening on the outskirts of the city, like for instance Vienna?
Most houses have a garden. Even if that are attached in a long row sharing walls (semi-detached) and ground floor. In the city, apartments would not have and I have not seen any common gardens. Housing in Brussels is relatively affordable. This has a negative impact on congestion and it is a nightmare getting around the city.
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Post by: sidetrack on February 01, 2018, 10:10:34 pm
Are scooters and those three wheeled motorcycles also popular in Belgium ? Saw thousands of them in Paris.
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Post by: Splash on February 01, 2018, 11:38:32 pm
Are scooters and those three wheeled motorcycles also popular in Belgium ? Saw thousands of them in Paris.
Did a little research into getting a bike license. They do not make it easy. Need to do a theory exam, 9 hours of training, a yard test and a road test. At least I am over 24.
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Post by: Bikerboer1973 on February 01, 2018, 11:46:42 pm
Are scooters and those three wheeled motorcycles also popular in Belgium ? Saw thousands of them in Paris.
Did a little research into getting a bike license. They do not make it easy. Need to do a theory exam, 9 hours of training, a yard test and a road test. At least I am over 24.

Can't you just convert your international AA lisence to the local one?
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Post by: Splash on February 02, 2018, 11:28:05 pm
Can't you just convert your international AA lisence to the local one?
Have converted my car license. Not so lucky for a bike or heavy vehicle license though. Just too bad.
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Post by: Splash on February 03, 2018, 09:41:21 pm
Went looking at bikes. Only looking.
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Post by: Splash on February 04, 2018, 05:08:58 pm
Alternate Cycle Route to Leuven

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Post by: Ri on February 04, 2018, 05:53:23 pm
Looks chilly. Nice photo's  :thumleft:
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Post by: Splash on February 04, 2018, 08:38:44 pm
Looks chilly. Nice photo's  :thumleft:
Around zero. One has to get out. Was worth it and the sun did shine.
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Post by: sidetrack on February 07, 2018, 03:56:25 pm
Looks chilly. Nice photo's  :thumleft:
Around zero. One has to get out. Was worth it and the sun did shine.
Couple more months and the sun will shine till 10pm  :thumleft:
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Post by: Splash on February 11, 2018, 07:06:00 pm
Riding north of Zaventem.
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Post by: Ri on February 11, 2018, 10:24:05 pm
Beautiful castle. Like the white birds  on the lake
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Post by: GSAZA on February 12, 2018, 07:02:59 am
Great country :thumleft:
Went there last August  for  2 weeks ,had tickets for F1 at Spa
Stayed in Brussels,Ovifat and drove to Monschau one evening for dinner.Lovely little German town
Surely you had a “Kwak” :ricky:
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Post by: Splash on February 24, 2018, 10:01:49 pm
Motorbeurs Utrecht
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Post by: Splash on March 04, 2018, 04:17:00 pm
Cycle Ride East of Leuven
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Post by: DCR on March 04, 2018, 09:24:37 pm
Nice pics Splash. There are also some (older) motorcycles at the Brussels Motor Museum. Amongst others they have a NR750 there which is quite cool. Not sure if you’ve been there?

It is near the military museam (where the have an F16 in good shape and a decent Spitfire). Both are adjacent to that park at the east end of the road with all the EU buildings. I seem to recall “Jubelpark” but may be wrong. It is where their version of the Arc de triomphe is.
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Post by: Splash on March 04, 2018, 11:35:19 pm
Nice pics Splash. There are also some (older) motorcycles at the Brussels Motor Museum. Amongst others they have a NR750 there which is quite cool. Not sure if you’ve been there?

It is near the military museam (where the have an F16 in good shape and a decent Spitfire). Both are adjacent to that park at the east end of the road with all the EU buildings. I seem to recall “Jubelpark” but may be wrong. It is where their version of the Arc de triomphe is.
Will put it on my list. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Post by: Ri on March 05, 2018, 09:22:37 am
Really enjoying the photo's, thanks for posting!

That statue of the lady riding the bull, is that by any chance near a stock exchange?
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Post by: Splash on March 05, 2018, 07:53:01 pm
Really enjoying the photo's, thanks for posting!

That statue of the lady riding the bull, is that by any chance near a stock exchange?
The statue is near the railway station. I think they just liked it as it is all relatively new. Leuven is a university town.
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Post by: IceCreamMan on March 05, 2018, 11:53:24 pm
Really enjoying the photo's, thanks for posting!

That statue of the lady riding the bull, is that by any chance near a stock exchange?
The statue is near the railway station. I think they just liked it as it is all relatively new. Leuven is a university town.

Louvain, hehe , its my birthplace....my folks were varsity students who had extra curricular activities ....  :biggrin:
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Post by: Mikie on March 06, 2018, 07:44:50 am
Really enjoying the photo's, thanks for posting!

That statue of the lady riding the bull, is that by any chance near a stock exchange?
The statue is near the railway station. I think they just liked it as it is all relatively new. Leuven is a university town.

Louvain, hehe , its my birthplace....my folks were varsity students who had extra curricular activities ....  :biggrin:

They had no extra mural activities or TV, thats where you came from
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Post by: Brucet on March 08, 2018, 02:15:09 pm
I was there two weeks ago. Was also disappointed with all the graffiti on many of the "old" buildings. Also saw tons of beggars which i was surprised about. Amazed at how many GS's I saw.
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Post by: Splash on March 11, 2018, 11:05:29 pm
I was there two weeks ago. Was also disappointed with all the graffiti on many of the "old" buildings. Also saw tons of beggars which i was surprised about. Amazed at how many GS's I saw.
I do not go into Brussels much. Has is bad side too.
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Post by: Splash on March 11, 2018, 11:07:36 pm
Off Road Toer te Ruinen organisatie MC80
https://www.mc80.nl/evenementen/
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Post by: Splash on March 11, 2018, 11:21:05 pm
DUTCH MASTERS OF MOTOCROSS IN MARKELO
http://www.dutchmastersofmotocross.com
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Post by: Ri on March 12, 2018, 10:14:35 am
Shame, so flat and muddy  :lol8:
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Post by: Splash on March 12, 2018, 02:50:31 pm
Shame, so flat and muddy  :lol8:
Haha. Indeed.
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Post by: sidetrack on March 14, 2018, 03:42:49 pm
Shame, so flat and muddy  :lol8:
Just wanted to say that as well  :biggrin:
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Post by: Splash on March 18, 2018, 06:46:19 pm
Motocross at Valkenswaard
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Post by: Splash on March 25, 2018, 05:58:35 pm
Motocross Practice at Helecine (Brussels)
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Post by: Ri on March 25, 2018, 09:43:48 pm
Cool, looks fun :thumleft:

A dutchman told me today that to get a car or motorbike licence in Holland, you need at least 35 lessons and at about R750 each it becomes a very expensive story. But then they teach you everything from accident avoidance to riding over poles and stumps, in the event something falls off a truck. Insurance is also not based on the price of the vehicle, but remains the same even though the value of the vehicle depreciates. However if there's a claim, you only get paid the "value on the day" - literally, what your car is worth on that particular day.
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Post by: Splash on April 14, 2018, 09:13:49 pm
Shrimp fishing, cancelled due to mist.
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Post by: Ri on April 14, 2018, 09:33:16 pm
Was that an outing you planned to do?

Are the shrimp the bait, or the catch you were aiming for? I thought that, like lobsters, you'd just drop a pot with bait and pick them up again later.
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Post by: Splash on April 15, 2018, 07:44:48 am
Was that an outing you planned to do?

Are the shrimp the bait, or the catch you were aiming for? I thought that, like lobsters, you'd just drop a pot with bait and pick them up again later.
Was something different to go and do. Was a Christmas present from work - got a choice. Had to wait for warmer weather to do this.

Will let you know more when I go again. Have no idea. They have a big net handing from back of the boat.

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Post by: Splash on April 21, 2018, 07:48:02 pm
Shrimp Fishing at Oostende
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Post by: Splash on April 21, 2018, 07:48:53 pm
Shrimp Fishing at Oostende
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Post by: wolf skaap on April 22, 2018, 01:02:05 pm
Shame, so flat and muddy  8:
Just wanted to say that as well 
For sure.
The only off-road riding worth doing, is mx.
We have pretty nice mx tracks though.

My best option for off-road trips is Romania

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Post by: Splash on April 22, 2018, 06:10:58 pm
Cycle ride around Sint-Truiden.
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Post by: Splash on April 22, 2018, 06:11:57 pm
Cycle ride around Sint-Truiden.
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Post by: Ri on April 22, 2018, 08:44:36 pm
Do they throw fish in the sea to catch shrimp?

Looks interesting! Did you enjoy it?
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Post by: Splash on April 22, 2018, 09:58:58 pm
Do they throw fish in the sea to catch shrimp?

Looks interesting! Did you enjoy it?
They kept the shrimp and threw the rest back in the sea. Great experience. Good weather helped.
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Post by: Splash on April 26, 2018, 02:54:09 pm
A little milestone - passed my bike license. Took me three tries and a why do you ride so badly discussion. Guess I still need to get used to all the traffic rules. Am very happy though.
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Post by: immigrant on April 26, 2018, 02:58:56 pm
A little milestone - passed my bike license. Took me three tries and a why do you ride so badly discussion. Guess I still need to get used to all the traffic rules. Am very happy though.

 :thumleft:  so what are you going to get?
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Post by: Ri on April 26, 2018, 03:09:37 pm
Congratulations!  :thumleft:
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Post by: Splash on April 26, 2018, 06:40:19 pm
A little milestone - passed my bike license. Took me three tries and a why do you ride so badly discussion. Guess I still need to get used to all the traffic rules. Am very happy though.

 :thumleft:  so what are you going to get?
Typical me. Bought a bike before having a license. Have a 2018, beautiful 500 exc-f, six days, almost all white, KTM.

Not sure exactly what I am going to do with it. Have a 15l tank for some "long" rides. Lots of back roads but they love going through villages which takes time. The max speed in Vlanders is 70km/h on rural roads. Highways are 120km/h.

Cannot wait to go riding. Watch this space, as they say.

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Post by: Splash on April 28, 2018, 06:43:23 pm
Stroll around Maastricht.
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Post by: Splash on April 28, 2018, 06:46:24 pm
Stroll around Maastricht.
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Post by: Ri on April 28, 2018, 07:49:48 pm
I looked at that statue and for some reason thought "D'Artagnan", then read the inscription and true's bob, the name appears there  :imaposer:

Beautiful place, beautiful photo's.
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Post by: Splash on April 29, 2018, 04:09:24 pm
I looked at that statue and for some reason thought "D'Artagnan", then read the inscription and true's bob, the name appears there  :imaposer:

Beautiful place, beautiful photo's.
Really liked the statue too. Made me think of Asterix.
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Post by: Splash on April 29, 2018, 04:10:23 pm
Loop around Hasselt (incl Houthalen)
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Post by: Ri on April 29, 2018, 04:14:33 pm
Those boots maybe? No ways Asterix would wear a hat that smart ???

Loop around Hasselt (incl Houthalen)

Beautiful photo's again.

Is this a sunken bridge? And why would they do that?
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Post by: Splash on April 29, 2018, 07:30:32 pm
Those boots maybe? No ways Asterix would wear a hat that smart ???

Loop around Hasselt (incl Houthalen)

Beautiful photo's again.

Is this a sunken bridge? And why would they do that?
Yes. It is a sunken bridge - first for me. Why, have no idea except because they can I guess. A tourist attraction no doubt.
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Post by: Splash on May 01, 2018, 07:08:19 pm
Labouring around Enkhuizen (NL).
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Post by: Ri on May 01, 2018, 07:21:38 pm
I have friends who moved to the Netherlands, Maarzicht I think. He is a PhD student at the university there.
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Post by: Splash on May 02, 2018, 07:32:46 am
I have friends who moved to the Netherlands, Maarzicht I think. He is a PhD student at the university there.
Beautiful city - very lucky.
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Post by: corne.l on May 02, 2018, 10:42:55 am
Labouring around Enkhuizen (NL).

I still want to go there.

According to family history, my ancestor fled France (bergerac) through germany onto Enkuizen. They lived in Toren Street. There he met his wife, had children and put them all on a ship when the call came from uncle Jan.
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Post by: Splash on May 05, 2018, 08:59:12 pm
200km Offroad ride - Reusel (NL)

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Post by: Splash on May 05, 2018, 09:03:39 pm
200km Offroad ride - Reusel (NL)
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Post by: Ri on May 05, 2018, 09:42:36 pm
What's the story with the bike on a leash, down by the river?
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Post by: Splash on May 06, 2018, 07:00:57 am
What's the story with the bike on a leash, down by the river?
This is what happens with +120 riders. Who knows why. Too fast on too big a bike? Was entertaining to say the least. Not sure how many actually completed the whole track. Various pubs on the way may have played a part.

Was arranged as a navigation route event with a GPS track to follow. Ended up with a group from Belgium led by a good rider. He was on a BMW 800, played music through his headset and motored happily along. All most enjoyable.
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Post by: Ri on May 06, 2018, 02:08:14 pm
Now that sounds lekker! Finally you're riding again  :ricky:
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Post by: Splash on May 06, 2018, 03:05:52 pm
Sunday morning cycle around Diest.
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Post by: Splash on May 06, 2018, 03:06:53 pm
Sunday morning cycle around Diest.
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Post by: Splash on May 10, 2018, 08:03:27 pm
Haringrit in Biervliet gereden.
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Post by: Splash on May 10, 2018, 08:04:23 pm
Haringrit in Biervliet gereden.
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Post by: Splash on May 12, 2018, 07:36:31 pm
Catching a ferry while cycling around Antwerp.
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Post by: Splash on May 12, 2018, 07:37:48 pm
Catching a ferry while cycling around Antwerp.
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Post by: Pumbaa on May 12, 2018, 09:28:56 pm
Isn't it just such a nice feeling to cycle anywhere you want without giving personal and road safety a second thought. We spend hours cycling through the forests here in Netherlands.

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Post by: Splash on May 13, 2018, 07:49:48 am
Isn't it just such a nice feeling to cycle anywhere you want without giving personal and road safety a second thought. We spend hours cycling through the forests here in Netherlands.

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Amazing picnic. They weather did play along for the cycle. Today looks like rain.
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Post by: Ri on May 15, 2018, 11:08:47 am
It's really beautiful with all the forests and trees, but the landscape seems very flat. There are probably some hills around?
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Post by: TeeJay on May 15, 2018, 12:49:55 pm
WOW! Thanks for posting - a whole other world  :3some:
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Post by: eSKaPe on May 15, 2018, 01:24:11 pm
Just awesome lifestyle!
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Post by: Pumbaa on May 18, 2018, 11:59:39 am
There is one hill in a town close to where I live... Elevation probably about 30 meters 🤣

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Post by: Splash on May 19, 2018, 08:06:06 pm
Headed to Sedan (FR).
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Post by: Splash on May 19, 2018, 08:07:01 pm
Headed to Sedan (FR).
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Post by: Ri on May 19, 2018, 09:42:21 pm
Wow that looks amazing!

That photo of the castle is lovely.
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Post by: Splash on May 20, 2018, 06:20:53 pm
Train ride to Lille (FR).
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Post by: Splash on May 20, 2018, 06:21:58 pm
Train ride to Lille (FR).
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Post by: Ri on May 20, 2018, 06:31:11 pm
Thanks for sharing - the photo's are beautiful.
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Post by: Splash on May 21, 2018, 05:40:41 pm
Bank holiday cycle around northern Leuven.
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Post by: Splash on May 27, 2018, 03:22:56 pm
Brussels 20km Run.
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Post by: Splash on June 02, 2018, 10:00:56 pm
Long train ride to Luxembourg
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Post by: Splash on June 02, 2018, 10:03:03 pm
Long train ride to Luxembourg
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Post by: boere on June 03, 2018, 07:03:39 am
I truly enjoy your pics Splash :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: Splash on June 09, 2018, 06:51:18 pm
Belgium's coastline in a ride.
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Post by: Splash on June 10, 2018, 06:44:14 pm
Cycle tour of Flanders
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Post by: Splash on June 10, 2018, 06:45:21 pm
Cycle tour of Flanders
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Post by: Ri on June 17, 2018, 08:51:28 pm
Congrats on the 20km medal  :thumleft:

The photo's are really beautiful - thanks for posting.
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Post by: Splash on June 24, 2018, 05:35:03 pm
Rode my bike to watch an Enduro at Chimay
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Post by: Splash on June 24, 2018, 05:36:11 pm
Rode my bike to watch an Enduro at Chimay
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Post by: Splash on June 24, 2018, 05:36:44 pm
Rode my bike to watch an Enduro at Chimay
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Post by: TeeJay on June 24, 2018, 05:56:21 pm
Nice  :thumleft:
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Post by: Ri on June 24, 2018, 07:12:43 pm
That photo in the forest is beautiful!

Are you planning to participate in Enduros at some stage?
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Post by: eberhard on June 24, 2018, 07:30:28 pm
You have a good eye for the exceptional, the slightly different and you capture it well. I always enjoy looking at your pictures. It portrays more than just a view.
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Post by: Splash on June 24, 2018, 08:35:18 pm
You have a good eye for the exceptional, the slightly different and you capture it well. I always enjoy looking at your pictures. It portrays more than just a view.
I normally have the same reaction when I download my pictures. :)

Somehow I just stop and take a picture and among them something interesting normally pops up.

Thanks. Am enjoying "the journey".
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Post by: Splash on June 24, 2018, 08:37:33 pm
That photo in the forest is beautiful!

Are you planning to participate in Enduros at some stage?
Enduro is my love.

Costs are an issue and I should be trying to save some money.

Will see, maybe next year. Doing an enduro on my 500 might not be that much fun.
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Post by: Splash on June 30, 2018, 06:10:00 pm
Mister EFB - Husqvarna Demo Day including pizza
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Post by: Splash on June 30, 2018, 06:10:54 pm
Mister EFB - Husqvarna Demo Day including pizza
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Post by: Splash on June 30, 2018, 06:11:45 pm
Mister EFB - Husqvarna Demo Day including pizza
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Post by: Ri on June 30, 2018, 06:49:47 pm
So did you ride? Is that you? That looks like hectic fun!! Sell a kidney and get one  :thumleft: :imaposer:
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Post by: Splash on June 30, 2018, 08:20:56 pm
So did you ride? Is that you? That looks like hectic fun!! Sell a kidney and get one  :thumleft: :imaposer:
Yes, definitely (not me though). Rode my 500 (very stupid). Got to try out the new FI 300 (lovely) and 250 (out to kill me).
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Post by: Ri on June 30, 2018, 08:59:34 pm
Not just you. I hear those 250s are out to kill everyone :eek:

Great stuff! My legs too short for these lovelies  ::)
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Post by: Splash on July 07, 2018, 08:43:36 pm
Open Water Swim - Lokeren
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Post by: Ri on July 07, 2018, 08:48:19 pm
Love those ducks, LOL
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Post by: eberhard on July 08, 2018, 08:17:18 pm
Lekkerrr  :thumleft:
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Post by: Splash on July 08, 2018, 09:24:54 pm
Bikes with headlights at MX De Landsard (Eindhoven).
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Post by: Splash on July 08, 2018, 09:25:46 pm
Bikes with headlights at MX De Landsard (Eindhoven).
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Post by: Splash on July 14, 2018, 06:01:43 pm
Cycling around Ieper
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Post by: Pilchie on July 14, 2018, 10:19:46 pm
All looks so peaceful, can actually feel it in your pictures
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Post by: Splash on July 14, 2018, 11:00:29 pm
All looks so peaceful, can actually feel it in your pictures
Is holiday time so many people are away. Really nice.
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Post by: eSKaPe on July 17, 2018, 07:30:29 am
All looks so peaceful, can actually feel it in your pictures

Agreed, your pics really bring across the feeling of the place and the people, keep posting! Glad you got a bike there too!
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Post by: Pumbaa on July 18, 2018, 02:37:05 pm
Hey Splash.
 I went to the Spa F1 track a few days ago. Definitely worth going there. A guide tour is only Euro 10. You can just walk in on any day and go up to the bistro restaurant with a view of the starting grid, pit lane and chicane to watch some of the racing of the day. During proper racing events you obviously need tickets. The whole track is also closed for about 3 weeks for F1 prep.

Also a very nice museum in Stavelot,b with a visit.

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Post by: Splash on July 21, 2018, 10:35:56 pm
Amazing photos from Spa. Now on my list. Thanks for sharing.
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Post by: Splash on July 21, 2018, 10:36:40 pm
EFB Training Ride - Meulebeke.
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Post by: Splash on July 21, 2018, 10:39:54 pm
EFB Training Ride - Meulebeke
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Post by: Splash on July 21, 2018, 10:40:59 pm
EFB Training Ride - Meulebeke
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Post by: Splash on July 22, 2018, 05:52:30 pm
Observed Trials Championship - Moulin
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Post by: Splash on July 22, 2018, 05:53:27 pm
Observed Trials Championship - Moulin
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Post by: Ri on July 22, 2018, 06:14:06 pm
 :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

That looks like great fun
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Post by: Splash on July 29, 2018, 07:27:34 pm
Castles in Antwerpen
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Post by: Splash on July 29, 2018, 07:28:20 pm
Castles in Antwerpen
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Post by: eberhard on July 29, 2018, 08:19:11 pm
Looking at this picture, the sport looks more dangerous to the spectators than the participants.
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Post by: Splash on July 29, 2018, 09:07:35 pm
Looking at this picture, the sport looks more dangerous to the spectators than the participants.
Just too many spectators for my liking. Moved to a less popular test.
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Post by: Pilchie on July 29, 2018, 09:20:06 pm
Hi Splash, if I'm not mistaken the Tour de France starts in Brussels next year. 
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Post by: Splash on July 29, 2018, 11:05:43 pm
Hi Splash, if I'm not mistaken the Tour de France starts in Brussels next year.
So I have also heard. Next years entertainment. Should be fantastic to see.
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Post by: eberhard on July 30, 2018, 07:56:30 am
Just too many spectators for my liking. Moved to a less popular test.

Just as I was getting the impression that you were starting to put excitement into the daily lives of them Belgians, you now want to take it away from them. That is cruel.
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Post by: Splash on July 30, 2018, 08:17:34 pm
Just too many spectators for my liking. Moved to a less popular test.

Just as I was getting the impression that you were starting to put excitement into the daily lives of them Belgians, you now want to take it away from them. That is cruel.

>:D
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Post by: Splash on August 05, 2018, 04:08:11 pm
Weekends Cycling - Lommel & Barrage de la platta
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Post by: Splash on August 05, 2018, 04:09:13 pm
Weekends Cycling - Lommel & Barrage de la platta
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Post by: Ri on August 05, 2018, 07:03:45 pm
It's great that you're getting out and about, and the weather seems beautiful. The opportunity to travel around so freely on your own and public transport is amazing.

If you don't mind my asking, how are you doing over there? Are you meeting people? Have you started to make friends?

What is the lifestyle like in other regards, such as the kind of food available and prices, do you cook or grab takeaways? Is it easy to eat healthily, and more vegetarian or is meat affordable? Do you have favourite shops you visit?
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Post by: Splash on August 12, 2018, 11:55:51 am
Dodentocht
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Post by: Splash on August 12, 2018, 11:57:30 am
Dodentocht
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Post by: Splash on August 12, 2018, 12:17:02 pm
It's great that you're getting out and about, and the weather seems beautiful. The opportunity to travel around so freely on your own and public transport is amazing.

If you don't mind my asking, how are you doing over there? Are you meeting people? Have you started to make friends?

What is the lifestyle like in other regards, such as the kind of food available and prices, do you cook or grab takeaways? Is it easy to eat healthily, and more vegetarian or is meat affordable? Do you have favourite shops you visit?
Am not the most sociable person. Really lots of very nice people around. I just prefer to go exploring on my own. The society has a "cafe" sort of feel. Not my kind of lifestyle. Have not managed to get my swimming going. Need to join a swim club and not got that exactly right yet.

Food is brilliant. I go to a low cost supermarket Colruyt and cook at home. There is a drive-through vegetable store, bread vending machines and health stores. No excuses not to enjoy good food. I have a food debit card with an allowance for lunch every month and I manage to live on that (€8 per day). If you want to eat junk food, lots of that available too. I get an allowance for riding a bicycle (or public transport) to work which is a good incentive not to take a car. Also get an annual gift of "eco-cheques" to buy A+ rated appliances. I bought an electric cooler box for the car.

Not expecting to make any great friends yet, have met lots of very interesting people. Feel at home. This could all change as I only have a two year work contract and they have frozen all permanent posts (thanks to basically Amazon). 
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Post by: Ri on August 12, 2018, 07:51:44 pm
Love that Dodentocht "Sweet Victory" sweetie  :laughing4:

You make the most of your opportunities. Hope it works out that you can stay, if you wanted to :thumleft:
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Post by: Splash on August 14, 2018, 10:31:25 pm
Spa (Belgium)
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Post by: Splash on August 14, 2018, 10:32:23 pm
Spa (Belgium)
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Post by: Splash on August 14, 2018, 10:33:36 pm
Koeln (Germany)


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Post by: Splash on August 14, 2018, 10:34:36 pm
Koeln (Germany)
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Post by: eberhard on August 15, 2018, 07:56:06 am
Great pictures. Thanks.

Yes, put up some pictures of ordinary street life. As the cliche goes, a picture tells a thousand words.
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Post by: Sam on August 15, 2018, 09:03:21 am
Where's that pic of the Mirage III taken? I was always amazed at how small they actually are.
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Post by: Sam on August 15, 2018, 09:22:28 am
That Cathedral is amazing. Any idea of how old it is?
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Post by: Ri on August 15, 2018, 12:15:05 pm
I'm interested in that wall of locks 😁

Any idea why there are so many locks locked on that fence?
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Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on August 15, 2018, 12:29:41 pm
I'm interested in that wall of locks 😁

Any idea why there are so many locks locked on that fence?
https://www.makelovelocks.com/locations/#.W3QBxtR96XY

I've read somewhere of a bridge where they had to take all locks off because the bridge where getting too heavy.

Iemand het ma net gesukkel om slotte te verkoop en toe kom hy met die idee vorendag :deal: ;)
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Post by: Fudge on August 15, 2018, 12:36:44 pm
I'm interested in that wall of locks 😁

Any idea why there are so many locks locked on that fence?

It is "Love Locks." Basically a couple will inscribe their initials or otherwise decorate a padlock, lock it to the fence, and throw the key away to symbolise unbreakable love.
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Post by: Fudge on August 15, 2018, 12:40:57 pm
That Cathedral is amazing. Any idea of how old it is?

Building was started in the 1200's, but it was a stop-start affair, and it took something like 600 years to complete and was the tallest building in the world for a while.
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Post by: Splash on August 15, 2018, 10:06:13 pm
Where's that pic of the Mirage III taken? I was always amazed at how small they actually are.
Standing at Spa's airport. Definitely worth the trouble to stop and look.
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Post by: Splash on August 15, 2018, 10:06:52 pm
Paris (France)
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Post by: Splash on August 15, 2018, 10:07:51 pm
Paris (France)
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Post by: sidetrack on August 16, 2018, 09:43:27 am
I like Paris a lot but never go to the visitor hot spots in summer especially on weekends, freakin madhouse ! Last time we took the train and visited some of the smaller towns, very few tourists. Really enjoyed that.
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Post by: Sam on August 16, 2018, 11:11:45 am
That Cathedral is amazing. Any idea of how old it is?

Building was started in the 1200's, but it was a stop-start affair, and it took something like 600 years to complete and was the tallest building in the world for a while.

Unreal hey! So that was started 450 years before ol' JVR landed in CT......puts things into perspective.
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Post by: Splash on August 16, 2018, 07:30:13 pm
Rotterdam (Netherlands)
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Post by: Splash on August 16, 2018, 07:31:06 pm
Rotterdam (Netherlands)
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Post by: eberhard on August 16, 2018, 08:05:25 pm
Great pictures. Thanks. :thumleft:
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Post by: Pumbaa on August 16, 2018, 08:14:26 pm
Rotterdam (Netherlands)
Let me know if you come to Amsterdam area. We live in Naarden, close to Amsterdam and Hilversum (25 min by train)

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Post by: Splash on August 19, 2018, 09:23:42 pm
Zaandam (Netherlands)
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Post by: Splash on August 19, 2018, 09:24:52 pm
Zaandam (Netherlands)
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Post by: Splash on August 19, 2018, 09:26:34 pm
Rotterdam (Netherlands)
Let me know if you come to Amsterdam area. We live in Naarden, close to Amsterdam and Hilversum (25 min by train)

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Will do, sorry, should have. Will make another trip. Thanks anyway. If you in Brussels?
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Post by: eSKaPe on August 20, 2018, 08:07:32 am
Love your pics Splash, you certainly get around
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Post by: Ri on August 20, 2018, 01:50:25 pm
Beautiful!  :thumleft:
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Post by: LoopSoosStroop on August 20, 2018, 01:56:21 pm
I really don't get first world countries. Who built all that crap and who pays for it all? How is their economies stable and sustainable, everyone looks so well off?

It just seems that everything is "there". Not sure how to explain it better. Here there is so much hustle and bustle and everyone is building stuff left right and center.

Anyways, my brain is too small for understanding such things.
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Post by: Splash on August 20, 2018, 08:17:24 pm
I really don't get first world countries. Who built all that crap and who pays for it all? How is their economies stable and sustainable, everyone looks so well off?

It just seems that everything is "there". Not sure how to explain it better. Here there is so much hustle and bustle and everyone is building stuff left right and center.

Anyways, my brain is too small for understanding such things.
Strong institutions are a good start to promoting development etc. Should not be that complicated. Society is very competitive though.
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Post by: eberhard on August 21, 2018, 08:21:26 am
Great pictures. Thanks.
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Post by: Splash on September 02, 2018, 04:35:17 pm
Summited Belgium at 694m
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Post by: Splash on September 02, 2018, 04:45:22 pm
Open Water Swim - Zwevegem (Belgium)
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Post by: Splash on September 02, 2018, 04:46:21 pm
Open Water Swim - Zwevegem (Belgium)
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Post by: Ri on September 03, 2018, 07:30:12 am
Flip that's a huge dive tank!

Did you also drive a radio controlled car? Must be fun :lol8:
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Post by: Splash on September 16, 2018, 02:09:39 pm
Lummen (BE) - Tour of Limburg

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Post by: Ri on September 16, 2018, 03:15:25 pm
Beautiful little sidecar in first pic - stunning colour and pristine condition, looks like.
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Post by: Splash on September 16, 2018, 03:21:54 pm
Beautiful little sidecar in first pic - stunning colour and pristine condition, looks like.
Especially if it is raining.
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Post by: Ri on September 16, 2018, 07:33:50 pm
Beautiful little sidecar in first pic - stunning colour and pristine condition, looks like.
Especially if it is raining.

You seem to have travelled some distance. Was that train, bicycle or motorbike?
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Post by: Splash on September 16, 2018, 10:27:07 pm
Beautiful little sidecar in first pic - stunning colour and pristine condition, looks like.
Especially if it is raining.

You seem to have travelled some distance. Was that train, bicycle or motorbike?
KTM 500 EXC. Great mornings outing.
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Post by: Ri on September 16, 2018, 11:04:38 pm
Beautiful little sidecar in first pic - stunning colour and pristine condition, looks like.
Especially if it is raining.

You seem to have travelled some distance. Was that train, bicycle or motorbike?
KTM 500 EXC. Great mornings outing.

Green with jealousy!  :biggrin: :ricky:
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Post by: Splash on October 06, 2018, 05:15:37 pm
Sherco Demo Day

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Post by: Splash on October 06, 2018, 05:16:43 pm
Beta Demo Day
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Post by: Splash on October 07, 2018, 03:16:48 pm
Beta Trials Demo Day
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Post by: eberhard on October 07, 2018, 08:09:56 pm
As always, lovely pictures. Well taken.  :thumleft:
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Post by: Ri on October 08, 2018, 09:49:00 pm
Ah man that looks like such huge fun!!
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Post by: Splash on October 08, 2018, 10:03:16 pm
Ah man that looks like such huge fun!!
Spent the weekend riding bikes - just magic.
https://www.facebook.com/BetamotorBelgium/videos/267675557197989/ (https://www.facebook.com/BetamotorBelgium/videos/267675557197989/)
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Post by: Ri on October 08, 2018, 10:06:18 pm
Ah man that looks like such huge fun!!
Spent the weekend riding bikes - just magic.

I cannot even imagine! So envious right now!!  :ricky: :ricky:
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Post by: Splash on October 13, 2018, 07:14:51 pm
Bring your own KTM, KTM Day (Eindhoven NL)
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Post by: Ri on October 13, 2018, 10:33:11 pm
Was it as fun as the demo day? That still looks like the greatest outing to date, hope they have those on a regular basis.

Was this a type of enduro course?
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Post by: Splash on October 14, 2018, 07:14:58 am
Was it as fun as the demo day? That still looks like the greatest outing to date, hope they have those on a regular basis.

Was this a type of enduro course?
Lots of sand riding and a little bit of forest. Took a while to get comfortable. Fun riding though. Was a 50km track.
https://www.ktm-dag.nl (https://www.ktm-dag.nl)
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Post by: Splash on October 20, 2018, 07:55:29 pm
KTM Enduro's Demo Day (Honville)
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Post by: Splash on October 20, 2018, 07:56:41 pm
KTM Enduro's Demo Day (Honville)
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Post by: Ri on October 20, 2018, 09:51:19 pm
Another event?!! Lucky fish  O0 I'm super jealous, only out of the moonboot for a week or so and the physio demands explosive power (being able to hop on injured ankle) before I can ride again >:(

Which I can sort of do, but now my mechanic is holding my bikes hostage to force me to take it slow :xxbah:

Are you starting to make friends in the KTM community? Or don't you come across the same faces at these events?
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Post by: Splash on October 20, 2018, 10:01:24 pm
Another event?!! Lucky fish  O0 I'm super jealous, only out of the moonboot for a week or so and the physio demands explosive power (being able to hop on injured ankle) before I can ride again >:(

Which I can sort of do, but now my mechanic is holding my bikes hostage to force me to take it slow :xxbah:

Are you starting to make friends in the KTM community? Or don't you come across the same faces at these events?
Different parts of the country so different faces. Not sure that I will be racing. Would be a very big commitment. Have winter to think about it. Definitely not buying a race bike. Racing a 500 would be a challenge. Will see.
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Post by: Splash on October 21, 2018, 08:18:04 pm
Maarten's Enduro Ride
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Post by: Splash on October 21, 2018, 08:18:57 pm
Maarten's Enduro Ride
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Post by: Ri on October 21, 2018, 08:50:37 pm
Looks like great fun! Just a group of friends riding enduro? And is it my imagination, or did some big bikes join?

Are those bikes mostly around 500cc?
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Post by: Splash on October 22, 2018, 08:54:20 am
Looks like great fun! Just a group of friends riding enduro? And is it my imagination, or did some big bikes join?

Are those bikes mostly around 500cc?
Was an enduro ride. Ride what you want. From a 250 to an 800. They all seemed to manage just fine. Tyres played the most important part. All bikes have to be licensed anyway.
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Post by: Splash on October 25, 2018, 07:32:22 pm
Trans European Trial - Belgium - Part 1
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Post by: eberhard on October 25, 2018, 07:46:30 pm
Again great pictures. Keep them coming.
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Post by: Splash on October 27, 2018, 08:10:49 pm
Home of Beethoven - Bonn (DE)
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Post by: Splash on October 27, 2018, 08:11:55 pm
Home of Beethoven - Bonn (DE)
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Post by: Ri on October 27, 2018, 08:14:27 pm
That must be the healthiest hot dog ever! And the smallest hot dog roll I've ever seen :imaposer:
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Post by: Splash on October 28, 2018, 08:13:00 pm
Trans European Trial - Belgium - Part 2
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Post by: Ri on October 29, 2018, 12:07:37 pm
Bicycle or motorbike?
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Post by: Pilchie on October 29, 2018, 09:18:19 pm
Whats tge oke in the water on a leash doing :o
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Post by: Splash on October 29, 2018, 10:29:29 pm
Bicycle or motorbike?
On my KTM 500 enduro motorbike. Loving every minute.
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Post by: Splash on October 29, 2018, 10:32:27 pm
Whats tge oke in the water on a leash doing :o
Good question. Did not hang around long enough but he was busy with something in the water. I think that they may have been "rescuing" trash.

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Post by: Splash on November 01, 2018, 10:07:05 pm
Trans European Trial - Belgium - Part 3
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Post by: Ri on November 02, 2018, 06:24:52 pm
Great to see you riding so much :thumleft:
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Post by: Splash on November 02, 2018, 09:36:07 pm
Joris's Birthday Ride
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Post by: Splash on November 02, 2018, 09:36:58 pm
Joris's Birthday Ride
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Post by: Ri on November 02, 2018, 10:38:25 pm
Noooooooo hahaha drowned bike for his birthday!!  :laughing4: :laughing4:

Did you manage to retrieve it? That looks like an excellent bunch of reprobates to hang out with >:D
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Post by: Splash on November 04, 2018, 06:26:21 pm
Noooooooo hahaha drowned bike for his birthday!!  :laughing4: :laughing4:

Did you manage to retrieve it? That looks like an excellent bunch of reprobates to hang out with >:D
An interesting group. Like their company.

Not sure what condition the bike is in. And, it is not Joris's bike. He had swap bikes. Suspect that it may not be insured either. 
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Post by: Welsh on November 04, 2018, 06:43:20 pm
Splash seems apt.  :sip:
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Post by: eberhard on November 04, 2018, 06:48:03 pm
I love this pictures. It says so much. The residence in the background speaks of warmth, the dog of the human touch and last, but not least, the bike. It occupies the centre of the picture. Such a complete, encompassing photo.
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Post by: Splash on November 04, 2018, 06:49:16 pm
Konstantin's Diest ride and friet lunch
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Post by: eberhard on November 04, 2018, 06:49:47 pm
This, although also very good, tells a very different story. There is also warmth, but that of camaraderie. I like it also. It slows life down. Time taken out of the hustle and bustle of life. Time well spend.   
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Post by: Splash on November 04, 2018, 06:55:27 pm
I love this pictures. It says so much. The residence in the background speaks of warmth, the dog of the human touch and last, but not least, the bike. It occupies the centre of the picture. Such a complete, encompassing photo.
I think he has an "interesting" background. Now a hard working executive of a very large listed multinational. Who would know apart from his 12 hectare home.
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Post by: eberhard on November 04, 2018, 07:13:22 pm
The money is there. Lots of it and visible. But it is different. Subtle, not in your face and is it camouflaged with education, background and personal labour. And the picture also captures that.
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Post by: eberhard on November 04, 2018, 07:17:49 pm
My message is correctly posted above, but somehow a picture got attached to it. Not the picture that is under discussion. I tried to modify it in order to remove the picture, but the post tells me nothing is attached to my script (as it was intended). Strange.

EDIT: I got the picture removed.
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Post by: Splash on November 04, 2018, 08:02:40 pm
The money is there. Lots of it and visible. But it is different. Subtle, not in your face and is it camouflaged with education, background and personal labour. And the picture also captures that.
Exactly. Growing to like Flemish people.
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Post by: Splash on November 10, 2018, 10:37:56 pm
Scheveningen Beach (NL)
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Post by: Splash on November 10, 2018, 10:38:42 pm
Scheveningen Beach (NL)
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Post by: immigrant on November 11, 2018, 03:37:41 am
You sure are “taking it all in”. Seems like you are having a good time over there. I assume you are happy
in your  new environment ? Will you settle down there, or will you be moving on?
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Post by: Splash on November 11, 2018, 09:03:04 am
You sure are “taking it all in”. Seems like you are having a good time over there. I assume you are happy
in your  new environment ? Will you settle down there, or will you be moving on?
Happy. Only have a two year contract on which I am half way. All going well and would like to stay.
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Post by: Splash on November 11, 2018, 07:36:17 pm
Biking Lier (BE)
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Post by: Ri on November 11, 2018, 07:51:58 pm
Lovely  :)
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Post by: Splash on November 11, 2018, 10:59:24 pm
Lovely  :)
Lucky with the weather. Is getting colder.
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Post by: Ri on November 12, 2018, 08:09:33 pm
Lovely  :)
Lucky with the weather. Is getting colder.

Soon a little less riding, but I'm looking forward to your scenic winter photo's
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Post by: Splash on November 17, 2018, 08:06:43 pm
Meerhout (BE) Track
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Post by: Ri on November 18, 2018, 08:12:20 am
Cool stuff! I love frites and mayo :lol8:
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Post by: Splash on November 18, 2018, 05:32:52 pm
Borderland Cycle Ride
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Post by: eberhard on November 19, 2018, 07:37:39 am
Thanks again for some great pictures. I especially  like those tree lined roads. :thumleft:
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Post by: Splash on November 24, 2018, 12:04:37 pm
Zwemmathon 5km
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Post by: Ri on November 25, 2018, 08:25:36 pm
Hey hey well done!  :thumleft:
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Post by: Splash on November 25, 2018, 09:19:20 pm
Reached the Hoek van Holland
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Post by: Splash on November 26, 2018, 09:41:18 pm
Drielandenpunt & Dusseldorf (DE)
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Post by: Splash on November 26, 2018, 09:41:54 pm
Drielandenpunt & Dusseldorf (DE)
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Post by: Oubones on November 27, 2018, 05:52:52 am
Nice!
That last two steel pieces makes me think off a submersable pumps worm. :peepwall:
Thanks for giving insight into another part off the world.
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Post by: Ri on November 27, 2018, 09:45:46 am
Very atmospheric images - beautiful.
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Post by: Splash on November 27, 2018, 09:56:20 am
Nice!
That last two steel pieces makes me think off a submersable pumps worm. :peepwall:
Thanks for giving insight into another part off the world.
Very strange idea about art.
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Post by: Splash on November 27, 2018, 09:56:46 am
Very atmospheric images - beautiful.
Was spooky.
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Post by: Splash on November 27, 2018, 10:59:52 pm
Deauville (FR) in winter
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Post by: Ri on November 28, 2018, 05:41:43 am
Holiday town? Not a soul about, except that shopper
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Post by: Ri on November 28, 2018, 05:43:20 am
How big of a deal is Hallowe'en, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and other American Holidays in Europe?
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Post by: Splash on November 28, 2018, 09:42:24 am
Holiday town? Not a soul about, except that shopper
Lots of repairs going on. Guess holiday makers are now in the mountains enjoying some skiing.
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Post by: Splash on November 28, 2018, 09:46:41 am
How big of a deal is Hallowe'en, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and other American Holidays in Europe?
They seem to be more involved with Easter, Christmas and New Years. Not so big on American holidays. Belgium has twelve public / bank holidays a year. 
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Ri on November 28, 2018, 08:25:17 pm
How big of a deal is Hallowe'en, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and other American Holidays in Europe?
They seem to be more involved with Easter, Christmas and New Years. No so big on American holidays. Belgium has twelve public / bank holidays a year.

You are lucky... In SA, it's any excuse for fireworks :xxbah:
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on November 30, 2018, 06:49:38 pm
Bicycle ride in Turnhout (BE)
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Post by: Ri on November 30, 2018, 08:52:09 pm
I notice you have tracks for every day the last week or so. Was that normal out and about, or did you take leave and travel a bit?

I admire your self-discipline in getting out and about so much. Makes me feel guilty for my relative laziness ::)
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Post by: Mr Zog on December 01, 2018, 02:40:19 am
I love the order in everything, the cleanliness, and the incredible history in so many of those buildings and areas.  :thumleft:
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Post by: Splash on December 01, 2018, 10:16:33 am
I notice you have tracks for every day the last week or so. Was that normal out and about, or did you take leave and travel a bit?

I admire your self-discipline in getting out and about so much. Makes me feel guilty for my relative laziness ::)
Took a weeks leave. Good to get away for a little bit.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 01, 2018, 10:20:13 am
I love the order in everything, the cleanliness, and the incredible history in so many of those buildings and areas.  :thumleft:
Always nice to be in these places. Do tend to end up in the better part of town - old and historic.
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Post by: Splash on December 01, 2018, 09:58:41 pm
Rainy day train trip to Roosendaal (NL)
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Post by: Ri on December 02, 2018, 04:38:39 pm
Not too Christmassy. I like it  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 02, 2018, 04:58:33 pm
Hasselt (BE) at Christmas time
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Post by: Splash on December 02, 2018, 04:59:22 pm
Hasselt (BE) at Christmas time
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Post by: eberhard on December 02, 2018, 07:56:51 pm
Deauville (FR) in winter

There is a French movie, Les Valseuses, featuring Miou-Miou, Gérard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere. It is one of Gérard Depardieu’s first movies he played in. Certain scenes were shot in just such a coastal holiday resort. Almost totally deserted, and it is interesting the comment you made about the holiday makers being in the mountains skiing.

In said movie Gérard and his mate then identify the family of one of the empty holiday houses, which exact family they then later in the movie encounter in the mountains – precisely what you estimated!
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Post by: eberhard on December 02, 2018, 07:58:43 pm
What are these panels for? Keep the wind out? Privacy?
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Post by: eberhard on December 02, 2018, 08:01:11 pm
Rainy day train trip to Roosendaal (NL)

Your pictures capture the sentiment, atmosphere very well :thumleft:
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Post by: eberhard on December 02, 2018, 08:02:31 pm
Hasselt (BE) at Christmas time

ditto :thumleft: :thumleft:
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Post by: eberhard on December 02, 2018, 08:04:39 pm
To misquote Pink Floyd – wish I was there

Great pictures!
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Post by: Splash on December 02, 2018, 08:24:31 pm
What are these panels for? Keep the wind out? Privacy?
They have beautiful wooden walkways along the beach. Think the panels are there to protect these. Must look awesome in summer.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Fudmucker on December 08, 2018, 01:57:26 pm
Two things are blatant from theses photos...

1. The cleanliness of public spaces - absolutely NO LITTER. 
    Pride in one's environment is irreplaceable.

2. The durability and excellent workmanship of the buildings. 
    They build with quality materials and workmanship, mixed with pride in their work.
    Make it once, make it well and maintain it regularly - it will last hundreds of years.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 16, 2018, 06:36:37 pm
Two things are blatant from theses photos...

1. The cleanliness of public spaces - absolutely NO LITTER. 
    Pride in one's environment is irreplaceable.

2. The durability and excellent workmanship of the buildings. 
    They build with quality materials and workmanship, mixed with pride in their work.
    Make it once, make it well and maintain it regularly - it will last hundreds of years.
Agreed. Strange mix of Dutch and French with a touch of German. Love the place.
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Post by: Splash on December 16, 2018, 06:37:11 pm
Mountain biking around Leuven (BE)
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Post by: IceCreamMan on December 16, 2018, 07:24:03 pm
Mountain biking around Leuven (BE)

My birth town. Beautiful area.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Ri on December 16, 2018, 08:12:26 pm
Agreed, very beautiful.

I love trees!! Lovely photo's, thank you.
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Post by: sidetrack on December 16, 2018, 09:06:13 pm
Two things are blatant from theses photos...

1. The cleanliness of public spaces - absolutely NO LITTER. 
    Pride in one's environment is irreplaceable.

2. The durability and excellent workmanship of the buildings. 
    They build with quality materials and workmanship, mixed with pride in their work.
    Make it once, make it well and maintain it regularly - it will last hundreds of years.
Agreed. Strange mix of Dutch and French with a touch of German. Love the place.
Bit like Afrikaners  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Fudmucker on December 17, 2018, 07:58:34 am
If Belgium needed people, I would think that Zuid-Afrikaners would be a good choice for immigrants.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 17, 2018, 08:33:51 am
Mountain biking around Leuven (BE)

My birth town. Beautiful area.
Much nicer than Brussels. Also, the centre of the beer world. Good for a university town.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 17, 2018, 08:35:44 am
If Belgium needed people, I would think that Zuid-Afrikaners would be a good choice for immigrants.
I see lots of muslims in Brussels. Have Polish people in my apartment building. Guess they have their share of immigrants.
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Post by: Splash on December 17, 2018, 08:36:31 am
Agreed, very beautiful.

I love trees!! Lovely photo's, thank you.
Was a beautiful day. Very happy I got out and about.
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Post by: Splash on December 22, 2018, 07:37:15 am
Ski Lesson at Alpincenter Bottrop (DE)
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Post by: Splash on December 22, 2018, 07:37:45 am
Ski Lesson at Alpincenter Bottrop (DE)
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Post by: IceCreamMan on December 22, 2018, 08:32:46 am
Mountain biking around Leuven (BE)

My birth town. Beautiful area.
Much nicer than Brussels. Also, the centre of the beer world. Good for a university town.

That’s exactly why I was born there, my folks were students. Both Parents from Brussels and studying in Louvain.

Was in Louvain a few months ago as I was working for F1 at Spa. Stayed in a lil town called Oupen which used to be part of Germany. Beautiful place too. On the way back to airport I spent an afternoon in Louvain....I love the architecture of Europe.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: IceCreamMan on December 22, 2018, 08:34:07 am
If Belgium needed people, I would think that Zuid-Afrikaners would be a good choice for immigrants.
I see lots of muslims in Brussels. Have Polish people in my apartment building. Guess they have their share of immigrants.

When I was in Brussels last year I was surprised at rhe demographics....much has changed in a short period of time.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Welsh on December 22, 2018, 08:35:07 am
I know Bottrop, the wife's one Granny lived there.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: eberhard on December 22, 2018, 01:03:01 pm
Please put up some pictures depicting the festive season. People, buildings, decorations, etc. Thanks. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 22, 2018, 06:48:54 pm
Giorle (NL) Enduro Ride
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 22, 2018, 06:50:49 pm
Please put up some pictures depicting the festive season. People, buildings, decorations, etc. Thanks. :thumleft:
Will have a look. The radio plays Christmas songs 24/7. Did not know so many had been made.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 22, 2018, 07:10:07 pm
Mountain biking around Leuven (BE)

My birth town. Beautiful area.
Much nicer than Brussels. Also, the centre of the beer world. Good for a university town.

That’s exactly why I was born there, my folks were students. Both Parents from Brussels and studying in Louvain.

Was in Louvain a few months ago as I was working for F1 at Spa. Stayed in a lil town called Oupen which used to be part of Germany. Beautiful place too. On the way back to airport I spent an afternoon in Louvain....I love the architecture of Europe.
Cannot agree more. Beautiful.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: eberhard on December 22, 2018, 09:31:46 pm
Please put up some pictures depicting the festive season. People, buildings, decorations, etc. Thanks. :thumleft:
Will have a look. The radio plays Christmas songs 24/7. Did not know so many had been made.

Those songs irritate me endlessly. Your pictures will bring some relief.    ;D
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: sidetrack on December 22, 2018, 10:11:35 pm
Giorle (NL) Enduro Ride
@wolf skaap you should hook up with Splash for some riding
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 23, 2018, 09:18:09 pm
Please put up some pictures depicting the festive season. People, buildings, decorations, etc. Thanks. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 23, 2018, 09:19:25 pm
Vitamin Knokke (BE)
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Post by: IceCreamMan on December 23, 2018, 09:26:02 pm
Please put up some pictures depicting the festive season. People, buildings, decorations, etc. Thanks. :thumleft:

My brother just put up an exact same picture on our family Whataspp group.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 24, 2018, 03:10:32 pm
Please put up some pictures depicting the festive season. People, buildings, decorations, etc. Thanks. :thumleft:

My brother just put up an exact same picture on our family Whataspp group.
Snap! :)
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 25, 2018, 04:52:41 pm
Ronde van Leuven (BE)
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Post by: Ri on December 25, 2018, 05:00:37 pm
Merry Christmas  ;D
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Ganjora on December 26, 2018, 05:26:25 am
European single track is rather ordentlik.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 26, 2018, 09:24:06 am
Merry Christmas  ;D
Merry Christmas :)
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 26, 2018, 09:24:56 am
European single track is rather ordentlik.
A little muddy at the moment.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Fudmucker on December 26, 2018, 09:30:19 am
European single track is rather ordentlik.

The cobbled surface also acts as a built-in speed limiter.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 26, 2018, 09:52:34 pm
European single track is rather ordentlik.

The cobbled surface also acts as a built-in speed limiter.
Not nice on a mountain bike. Unbelievably slippery when wet.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 26, 2018, 09:53:13 pm
Boulogne-Sur-Mer (FR) Nausicaa Trip
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Post by: Splash on December 26, 2018, 09:53:59 pm
Boulogne-Sur-Mer (FR) Nausicaa Trip
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Post by: Splash on December 27, 2018, 09:50:18 pm
De Panne (BE) walk on the beach
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Post by: eberhard on December 27, 2018, 10:06:48 pm
Again some great photos! Thanks. And my xmas pictures!
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 28, 2018, 07:23:42 pm
Again some great photos! Thanks. And my xmas pictures!
You are welcome.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on December 28, 2018, 07:24:52 pm
Lunch train ride to Couvin (BE)
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Post by: Splash on December 31, 2018, 09:20:02 pm
Gone to Gouvy (BE)
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Post by: Splash on January 01, 2019, 09:27:37 pm
Trans Euro Trail - Netherlands - Part 1
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Post by: Ri on January 03, 2019, 06:31:11 pm
NAAAAIIICE!! :thumleft:
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Post by: Splash on January 05, 2019, 09:40:23 pm
End of the line - Virton (BE)

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Post by: eberhard on January 05, 2019, 10:37:10 pm
Thanks!
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Ri on January 06, 2019, 07:17:03 pm
Frieze!  :biggrin:

Sorry for bad (and probably wrong) pun, still in holiday mood. Lovely photo's, thank you!
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Post by: Splash on January 06, 2019, 08:14:44 pm
KustTram - De Panne to Knokke (BE)
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Post by: Splash on January 06, 2019, 08:16:07 pm
Frieze!  :biggrin:

Sorry for bad (and probably wrong) pun, still in holiday mood. Lovely photo's, thank you!
Not so bad, in a heated train. :)
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Post by: eberhard on January 06, 2019, 08:26:25 pm
Very evocative pictures.  :thumleft: Well taken.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on January 13, 2019, 08:45:47 pm
Rainy day drive to Koblenz (DE)
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Post by: Splash on January 13, 2019, 08:47:14 pm
Rainy day drive to Koblenz (DE)

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Post by: eberhard on January 13, 2019, 09:42:03 pm
Please give more information as to this picture:
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Post by: eberhard on January 13, 2019, 09:43:22 pm
Also this one. A museum? The thirty year war?
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Post by: eberhard on January 13, 2019, 09:44:36 pm
And this one. These two people must certainly tell a story.
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Post by: eberhard on January 13, 2019, 09:51:01 pm
Your photos of the Rhine, and the confluence with the Moselle are magnificent.
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Post by: Ri on January 13, 2019, 10:00:35 pm
Also enjoying the atmospheric photo's. Would love to take a barge journey up the Rhine some time.
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Post by: Splash on January 30, 2019, 10:51:53 pm
Two star Michelin heaven - Bon Bon (Brussels)
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Post by: Splash on January 30, 2019, 11:22:37 pm
Please give more information as to this picture:
Exactly what I need - pots of money.
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Post by: Ri on January 31, 2019, 05:42:09 pm
That looks like an interesting meal  :biggrin:

Thanks for the updates
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Post by: eberhard on January 31, 2019, 06:38:44 pm
Please give more information as to this picture:
Exactly what I need - pots of money.

 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Where I look at the pictures of the food, I see $$$$ (besides  :drif: food).
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on February 03, 2019, 05:38:12 pm
Royal Museum of Central Africa
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Post by: Ri on February 03, 2019, 05:56:20 pm
Is that last building the museum?! Impressive! And beautiful.
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Post by: eberhard on February 03, 2019, 06:01:42 pm
I take it (assume) that that is Leopold II’s palace and his Congo legacy. Impressive indeed, that is the structure I mean. 
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Post by: Splash on February 03, 2019, 10:16:06 pm
Is that last building the museum?! Impressive! And beautiful.
Congo paid for the museum. Maybe not the best legacy for Belgium. Just been renovated.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: eberhard on February 04, 2019, 05:40:27 am
King Leopold's Soliloquy: A Defense of His Congo Rule

By Mark Twain


https://msuweb.montclair.edu/~furrg/i2l/kls.html

The above is a thought provoking read (not very long)
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Ri on February 04, 2019, 04:50:08 pm
King Leopold's Soliloquy: A Defense of His Congo Rule

By Mark Twain


https://msuweb.montclair.edu/~furrg/i2l/kls.html

The above is a thought provoking read (not very long)

Quite long :lamer:
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: eberhard on February 04, 2019, 08:25:26 pm
King Leopold's Soliloquy: A Defense of His Congo Rule

By Mark Twain


https://msuweb.montclair.edu/~furrg/i2l/kls.html

The above is a thought provoking read (not very long)

Quite long :lamer:

I once did a course in speed reading. I read War and Peace in two hours.


It’s about Russia.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Mr Zog on February 05, 2019, 02:51:17 am
King Leopold's Soliloquy: A Defense of His Congo Rule

By Mark Twain


https://msuweb.montclair.edu/~furrg/i2l/kls.html

The above is a thought provoking read (not very long)

I spent quite a lot of time on the Congo some years ago. About two years in all. And I was stationed in many parts of the Congo. The practice of chopping off hands / arms still persists. But now between factions, the belief being that if you have no hands you cannot make your mark on a ballot. No generation alive has seen peace, civil war and tribal factions have killed countless millions. I found it a stunningly beautiful, yet incredibly sad country.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on February 05, 2019, 08:38:18 am
The museum was packed full. Congo still has a lasting impact on Belgian's.
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Post by: Splash on March 03, 2019, 08:09:33 pm
Fort de Loncin (Leige) - taken with a Big Bertha in August 1914
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Post by: eberhard on March 03, 2019, 08:47:39 pm
Incredible the craters made by the shells. Yet so green. Difficult to imagine the utter destruction caused by those shells.

Welcome back. Missed your contributions.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on March 03, 2019, 09:02:18 pm
Incredible the craters made by the shells. Yet so green. Difficult to imagine the utter destruction caused by those shells.

Welcome back. Missed your contributions.
The Germans hit the fort's underground magazine, taking 250 solders lives whom are still buried under the crater.
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Post by: Fudmucker on March 04, 2019, 03:31:12 am
I like the fences with the timber droppers every 15cm that you see above the ramparts.
Costly, but pretty.
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Post by: Ri on March 05, 2019, 10:17:04 am
Really enjoy these photo's. Beautiful and haunting.
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Post by: Splash on March 09, 2019, 07:57:50 pm
TET - Leuven (BE) Loop
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Post by: eberhard on March 09, 2019, 08:09:38 pm
Is that you on that green mean machine?

The last picture looks like great fun. I envy you.
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Post by: Splash on March 09, 2019, 11:06:15 pm
Is that you on that green mean machine?

The last picture looks like great fun. I envy you.
Will stick to my orange (with lots of red and blue) KTM. A friend on a 250 having lots of fun.
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Post by: eberhard on March 10, 2019, 11:12:17 am
You also having fun.  :thumleft: The pictures make another point touched on earlier, i.e. the carnage of WWI. From these pictures I glean a better understanding as to the mud situation / problem in WWI. A lot of what I’ve read is explained in these pictures.
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Post by: Splash on March 10, 2019, 08:57:36 pm
Oomssport Speed-skating clinic (NL)

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Post by: Splash on March 10, 2019, 08:58:40 pm
Oomssport Speed-skating clinic (NL)
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Post by: eberhard on March 11, 2019, 09:53:40 am
WTF is oomssport? By looking at the pictures you posted I can get the idea that it may involve young hot chicks with ooms sitting in the arena viewing them?
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Post by: Splash on March 24, 2019, 04:35:11 pm
Beaumont (BE) Spring ride
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Post by: Ri on March 24, 2019, 07:33:05 pm
That bit of forest track looks beautiful
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Post by: Splash on March 30, 2019, 08:01:49 pm
First bicycle ride of spring - Lac de la Plate Taille (BE)
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Post by: Ri on March 31, 2019, 01:30:02 pm
Beautiful day, and lovely photograph
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Post by: Splash on March 31, 2019, 05:40:20 pm
Dag van de motorrijder
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Post by: Ri on March 31, 2019, 06:05:31 pm
Nice!! Did you buy some discount clothing?  :laughing4:
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Post by: eberhard on March 31, 2019, 07:36:22 pm
I envy you being able to cycle in such lovely country side.  :thumleft:
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Post by: Splash on March 31, 2019, 07:53:50 pm
Nice!! Did you buy some discount clothing?  :laughing4:
No budget for clothing :(
Did buy a new chain and sprockets (€180). The front sprocket is starting to look like a windy day at the coast. Done nearly 200hrs.
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Post by: Splash on March 31, 2019, 07:54:10 pm
I envy you being able to cycle in such lovely country side.  :thumleft:
The weather helps too.
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Post by: eberhard on March 31, 2019, 08:01:17 pm
I envy you being able to cycle in such lovely country side.  :thumleft:
The weather helps too.

You don't have that many sun shiny days, as in the pictures? More rain / wet days?
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Post by: Splash on March 31, 2019, 10:13:21 pm
I envy you being able to cycle in such lovely country side.  :thumleft:
The weather helps too.

You don't have that many sun shiny days, as in the pictures? More rain / wet days?
It all depends when the sunny days fall. If on a weekend, just fantastic. Otherwise, not so nice.
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Post by: Splash on April 07, 2019, 07:47:12 pm
Moto-adapt ride (Ninove BE)

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Post by: Splash on April 07, 2019, 07:48:00 pm
Moto-adapt ride (Ninove BE)
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Post by: Splash on April 07, 2019, 07:49:05 pm
Moto-adapt ride (Ninove BE)
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Post by: eberhard on April 07, 2019, 08:19:00 pm
Thanks for those pictures. Again well taken and saying a lot more than just depicting a scene.
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Post by: eberhard on April 07, 2019, 08:21:43 pm
And this guy (apologies if he is related), he reminds me of the eighties band Dead or Alive (good band by the way) - but he does look a bit out of time and place.
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Post by: Fudmucker on April 08, 2019, 06:48:39 am
Just the kind of guy you want your daughter to bring home to visit from university ?  ::)
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Post by: Splash on April 08, 2019, 07:28:21 am
Just the kind of guy you want your daughter to bring home to visit from university ?  ::)
Typical Belgium - a little behind the times :)
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Post by: Ri on April 08, 2019, 05:43:55 pm
That whole trip looks like it was huge fun! That muddy fall - happens to everyone :laughing4:
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Post by: Splash on April 13, 2019, 08:18:01 pm
Easter Festival in Kampenhout (BE)
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Post by: Splash on April 13, 2019, 08:19:03 pm
Easter Festival in Kampenhout (BE)
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Post by: Ri on April 13, 2019, 09:11:47 pm
Colourful! Seems to be more people in the parade than watching, but that is probably just the angle of the photo's.
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Post by: Splash on April 14, 2019, 08:33:43 am
Colourful! Seems to be more people in the parade than watching, but that is probably just the angle of the photo's.
Not a lot of people. Was really for the village by the village.
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Post by: Splash on April 20, 2019, 05:38:12 pm
Easter ride around Diest (BE)
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Post by: Splash on April 22, 2019, 04:05:03 pm
Easter Egg Hunt at Royal Greenhouses - Brussels (BE)
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Post by: Splash on April 22, 2019, 04:07:32 pm
Easter Egg Hunt at Royal Greenhouses - Brussels (BE)
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Post by: Splash on April 22, 2019, 04:08:36 pm
Easter Egg Hunt at Royal Greenhouses - Brussels (BE)
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Post by: Ri on April 23, 2019, 06:20:24 pm
... WOOOW... it is beautiful!! :eek:

Thanks for the amazing photo's, I can almost feel the humidity.
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Post by: Splash on April 23, 2019, 08:46:23 pm
My 500's service record for around a years riding. All still good and nothing to complain about.
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Post by: Ri on April 24, 2019, 06:51:25 am
You ride more in the limited time available to you than many people with much more good weather at their disposal... me being one of them :o

That said, I tried out my Yammy TTR230 on rougher terrain in the Northern Cape this past weekend and it was fun :ricky:
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on April 24, 2019, 07:27:42 am
You ride more in the limited time available to you than many people with much more good weather at their disposal... me being one of them :o

That said, I tried out my Yammy TTR230 on rougher terrain in the Northern Cape this past weekend and it was fun :ricky:
One never knows what the weather will change to. If the sun is shining, the bike is out, mostly. Lots to explore too.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on May 05, 2019, 09:00:11 pm
La Walloniac (Liège BE)
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Post by: Splash on May 05, 2019, 09:00:50 pm
La Walloniac (Liège BE)
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Post by: Ri on May 06, 2019, 01:04:45 pm
Beautiful - thanks. I wouldn't want to ride those muddy-looking tracks but they are very scenic
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: eberhard on May 06, 2019, 07:33:46 pm
Is that snow or hail or wool?

Beautiful countryside. Must be a pleasure to ride there. To quote Byron: There is a pleasure in the pathless woods
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on May 06, 2019, 08:12:16 pm
Is that snow or hail or wool?

Beautiful countryside. Must be a pleasure to ride there. To quote Byron: There is a pleasure in the pathless woods
That is snow, in May. What is going on. Would summer just hurry up.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on May 06, 2019, 08:13:46 pm
Beautiful - thanks. I wouldn't want to ride those muddy-looking tracks but they are very scenic
Mud is not that bad to ride in. Like it better than deep sand. Does make a mess of everything. Wonder what my fork seals are looking like!
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Ri on May 07, 2019, 10:42:53 am
Beautiful - thanks. I wouldn't want to ride those muddy-looking tracks but they are very scenic
Mud is not that bad to ride in. Like it better than deep sand. Does make a mess of everything. Wonder what my fork seals are looking like!

Deep mud is the worst. On both, one has no control, but mud is slippery on top of that! I've seen bikes speeding along in mud, and suddenly the back wheel steps out for no discernible reason.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on May 12, 2019, 04:47:29 pm
MCLB Oostrozebeke (BE)
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: eberhard on May 12, 2019, 08:15:27 pm
Yours? Beautiful. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on May 12, 2019, 09:58:48 pm
Yours? Beautiful. :thumleft:
Unfortunately, no. Just went for a ride. Very enjoyable. Not really for me though.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on May 26, 2019, 04:52:55 pm
National Belgium Enduro - Rocroi (FR)
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on May 26, 2019, 04:54:38 pm
National Belgium Enduro - Rocroi (FR)
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: eberhard on May 26, 2019, 06:41:05 pm
Respect!
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: eberhard on May 26, 2019, 06:41:57 pm
Very well taken  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: eberhard on May 26, 2019, 06:43:26 pm
Which one of those mud riders is you?
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on May 26, 2019, 10:03:54 pm
Which one of those mud riders is you?
The one deeper in trouble!
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: eberhard on May 27, 2019, 05:51:34 am
Which one of those mud riders is you?
The one deeper in trouble!

 :imaposer: :imaposer: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Ri on May 27, 2019, 05:52:32 am
Which one of those mud riders is you?
The one deeper in trouble!

:laughing4: Well done  :ricky:
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on May 30, 2019, 03:09:07 pm
Mountainbike ride - Everberg (BE)
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: eberhard on May 30, 2019, 05:46:59 pm
Besides the beauty that you have capture, I so wish I could smell those scenes.

Is it quiet where you had taken those pictures, meaning tranquillity and lack of noises as in high ways and hustle and bustle of nearby towns / cities?
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Ri on May 30, 2019, 05:48:57 pm
I could move there just for the forests - so serene and beautiful!!

Thanks for the lovely pics
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: BMWPE on May 30, 2019, 06:05:26 pm
that pic of the row of trees stunning
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on May 31, 2019, 10:33:48 am
Besides the beauty that you have capture, I so wish I could smell those scenes.

Is it quiet where you had taken those pictures, meaning tranquillity and lack of noises as in high ways and hustle and bustle of nearby towns / cities?
The forests are normally dead quiet except for the sound of birds. Do find lots of people walking as well. Nature is appreciated and cherished. Was a national holiday so all the shops / business were closed. The best thing to do on a day like that.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Omninorm on May 31, 2019, 10:49:54 am
Mountainbike ride - Everberg (BE)

I can hear the stillness and the leaves rustle.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on June 01, 2019, 07:34:39 pm
Blankenberge (BE) beach walk
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on June 01, 2019, 07:35:34 pm
Blankenberge (BE) beach walk
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: eberhard on June 01, 2019, 09:05:41 pm
A very relaxed life guard. Phone in hand, no life jacket, shades on – I suppose drownings are very uncommon. Or the beach goers are very well behaved.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: eberhard on June 01, 2019, 09:14:28 pm
A beautiful wooden ship up there. That is something I miss very much here in SA, the presence of some grand old (and sometimes not so old) graceful multi-masted sailing ships. Thanks for that one. Please put up some more.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on June 01, 2019, 09:38:57 pm
A very relaxed life guard. Phone in hand, no life jacket, shades on – I suppose drownings are very uncommon. Or the beach goers are very well behaved.
One also cruised passed on the ocean. Very cool.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on June 02, 2019, 08:35:56 pm
Hobby Class - St Hubert (BE) Enduro
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on June 02, 2019, 08:36:49 pm
Hobby Class - St Hubert (BE) Enduro
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: eberhard on June 03, 2019, 05:54:21 am
From the first picture you posted, I get the impression that there are many, many participants. Hundreds? I am ignorant here, but I am “surprised” at how many bikes there are. It appears that these events are BIG in Belgium.

Very well taken pictures.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on June 03, 2019, 07:29:04 am
From the first picture you posted, I get the impression that there are many, many participants. Hundreds? I am ignorant here, but I am “surprised” at how many bikes there are. It appears that these events are BIG in Belgium.

Very well taken pictures.
This is only enduro. Lots of motocross as well. This was a joint event with the Netherlands. Lots of organisation.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on June 08, 2019, 07:54:31 pm
All-Road Mollenrit (Millegem BE)
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on June 10, 2019, 05:58:41 pm
Valenciennes and Cambrai (FR)

Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on June 10, 2019, 05:59:36 pm
Valenciennes and Cambrai (FR)
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on June 10, 2019, 06:00:39 pm
Valenciennes and Cambrai (FR)
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Ri on June 10, 2019, 06:09:39 pm
That's a cute bijoux castle :thumleft:
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: eberhard on June 10, 2019, 07:04:41 pm
Do I detect a sliver of voyeurism? Or is it simply a well captured opportune moment?
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: eberhard on June 10, 2019, 07:05:16 pm
“Travellers” from Romania per chance?   
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: eberhard on June 10, 2019, 07:08:24 pm
That's a cute bijoux castle :thumleft:

No man, it is Bronn's castle.




(..... what is a bijoux castle?)
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on June 10, 2019, 07:20:35 pm
“Travellers” from Romania per chance?   
;D
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on June 10, 2019, 07:21:05 pm
Do I detect a sliver of voyeurism? Or is it simply a well captured opportune moment?
Waiting for the fall  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: eberhard on June 10, 2019, 07:55:25 pm
Waiting for the fall  :peepwall:

 :imaposer: Always the time honoured question between ethics and that perfect money shot.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: immigrant on June 10, 2019, 08:36:28 pm
Splash, it looks like you are always on vacation. If you’re not riding bikes, you travel.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on June 10, 2019, 10:09:35 pm
Splash, it looks like you are always on vacation. If you’re not riding bikes, you travel.  :thumleft:
Social media - what can I say. Anyone want to trade? Everything though! Am happy summer has arrived.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Ri on June 11, 2019, 01:33:56 pm
That's a cute bijoux castle :thumleft:

No man, it is Bronn's castle.




(..... what is a bijoux castle?)

bijou (ˈbiːʒuː)
n, pl -joux (-ʒuːz)
1. something small and delicately worked, such as a trinket
2. (modifier) often ironic small but elegant and tasteful: a bijou residence.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on June 23, 2019, 08:52:35 pm
Chimay (BE) Enduro - Hobby Class
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on June 23, 2019, 08:53:22 pm
Chimay (BE) Enduro - Hobby Class
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: eberhard on June 23, 2019, 09:34:00 pm
From your pictures I get the idea that these sports / adventures are big business over there. They are well attended and organised. To be honest, I did not think that there would be that many people participating (I did not think them to be that dare devilish)  - seems like quite a misconception I had there.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: eberhard on June 23, 2019, 09:35:26 pm
Your bike?
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on June 24, 2019, 06:50:51 am
From your pictures I get the idea that these sports / adventures are big business over there. They are well attended and organised. To be honest, I did not think that there would be that many people participating (I did not think them to be that dare devilish)  - seems like quite a misconception I had there.
Unfortunately that also adds to the cost. Nothing is cheap. My Hobby class entry is €35 without any timing. This area is know for its enduro's. Around Lommel will be more motocross. They did confiscate 10 bikes around Antwerp's harbour nature area the other day.
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: Splash on June 24, 2019, 06:52:58 am
Your bike?
Slipper rocks and my gear lever did not hit it off well and the relationship fell apart!
Title: Re: Brussels Move
Post by: eberhard on June 24, 2019, 07:33:10 am
Your bike?
Slipper rocks and my gear lever did not hit it off well and the relationship fell apart!

Eish!