Monday, 22 December 2008
We did set off at a good pace with Janet in the lead as we made our way around the scenic, historical sites of downtown Brussels. With our Christmas hats we set off a much needed burst of color amid the drab ... very common here this time of year.
Saturday, 20 December 2008
Nine of us posed for this group shot though several others are not accounted for in it and a few more walkers joined us later at Christa's home. Christa (right) led us around her neighborhood and we were able to anticipate what it will be like for her in the months to come when a new golden retriever puppy joins her family and this may well be the route they follow, too! We will wait to see this happen in the New Year ... something to look forward to. We were also happy to have our friend, Maija, (2nd right) join us today. She is back for a visit from her home in Finland.
Friday, 19 December 2008
What a beautiful holiday table was set for us. Christa served us on colorful plates with matching cups and napkins and then there were her holiday cookies and cakes to select from. It was our great delight to partake in this festive atmosphere this afternoon.
Our hostess, Christa (left), paused briefly to check one of the delicious cakes she provided for us this afternoon. We thank her so much for the delightful Christmasy refreshments and the hot mulled wine to go with them! It was a great start to our holiday week ...
It was great to have additional walkers join us even later at Christa's to share her wonderful, warm hospitality of the Holiday Season! Because we were so royally treated and enjoyed our time with Christa so much we stayed on longer than we ordinarily would have ... but what a wonderful afternoon we had! Christa even sent us home with "goodie bags" after the event.
Monday, 15 December 2008
This was some of the dryer area we passed through and with fog and a temperature of 3C we felt the chill of the damp weather inspite of our walking pace. Of course we eventually warmed up as we always do but sometimes at the beginning one wonders if it will happen.
Anne and Joan consult on the map to decide on the final return route after we were about an hour and a half into the walk. We did make it back almost to the cars within the next half an hour where we stopped at a cafe/bar for our refreshments.
"Thanks to Jennifer for this photo" .. as the group paused for a few moments for everyone to catch up. Most of the afternoon we were all strung out in small groupings of 2 or 3 setting our own pace as we followed Joan's lead around Vossem and Sterrebeek.
With 15 of us today we split up into 2 tables when we stopped for our refreshments. Unfortunately, the mirror caught the flash on this photo when everyone was actually looking at the camera. Sorry about that ... We were all ready for the break though when it happened this afternoon after walking for almost 2 hours in 3C, overcast weather.
The rest of us sat around table #2 where we enjoyed our drinks and shared our continued conversations. Although this was a cafe/bar and there were a few smoking at the other side of the room at the bar it was not too noticable or obnoxious. The tea room that Joan had picked out for us close by was apparently not open on Mondays.
Friday, 12 December 2008
Denise (left) was a guest leader today and kind enough to show us through the area of the Foret de Soignes (her neighborhood) that she knows so well. "Thanks, Denise"... It was a bit of a challenge because we found workmen cutting trees and parking their large vehicles in the area where we normally park for this walk. Denise was able to route us around these inconveniences and gave us a very nice work out at the same time!