Monday, 28 November 2011

Anne's walk around the lakes in Tervuren Park

Twenty ladies and two dogs joined our walk in the sunshine today through the autumn colours around the Tervuren lakes. We were especially pleased to welcome some new walkers and hope they will join us again. The geese were enjoying the sunshine too!

We had to stop for our traditional "WIC on the Rocks" picture.

Towards the end some of us seemed to forget we were supposed to be walking, and it took several minutes to get everyone into formation for our last picture in the park.

"Mont Blanc" looked full when we arrived, but we all managed to squeeze in somehow, and we enjoyed our coffee with Sheila and Denise.

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Saturday, 26 November 2011

Paulette's walk in Ittre on November 25th 2011

13 brave ladies joined me for a very brisk walk (we had to keep warm) in the bucolic area of Ittre. It turned out to be a real cold , misty and windy autumn day. The temperature never got above 6C. No complaints though, we have been lucky so far with the late autumn weather.

But I must admit we were very glad to reach the Delhaize Deli cafe to drink something hot

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Paulette's walk at the Abbaye de la Cambre on 18th November 2011

We were very happy to meet up again with a former walker and friend, Kathleen from California, who took advantage of a trip to Paris to come and walk with us in the lovely surroundings of the Abbaye de la Cambre, the Ixelles ponds and the Bois de la Cambre. Who could imagine there is such a peaceful and romantic place right in the middle of busy Brussels!

The walk around Ixelles ponds offered some beautiful views.

Even the birds posed for us to take their picture.

Deborah decided the view of our group climbing towards the blue sky was worth capturing.

And the end of the walk we felt a little bit frustrated as the Chalet Robinson was closed again for some unknown event. But 6 of us were determined to have a cup of coffee together which we really enjoyed at the Cafe Presse, a great and comfy place for socialising.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Deborah's walk in Lier on 14th November 2011

On a cold foggy autumn day 12 walkers ventured out to the picturesque town of Lier. We began the day with a beautiful brisk circular walk around the town. In the past this area was the original wall now it is a continuous walk of paths and lovely trees The walk continued through the town stopping at various interesting sites: The gorgeous Grote Markt which at present is an archaeological dig, the medieval Zimmer tower with its wonderful animated centenary clock, the delightful bronze sheep sculpture ( a humorous reference to the people of Lier known as sheep heads) which everyone had fun riding. We wandered through the cobbled streets to the Beguinage now a UNESCO world heritage site, a wonderful area of 11 cobblestoned streets and over a hundred tiny houses, one of which was open is now a lace maker's atelier. We were greeted by the only male lace maker in town who explained the techniques and the importance of the lace industry in Lier. Lunch was sumptuous and some also tried the famous little cake "liers vlakie" with a warming coffee. Thank you Deborah for leading and organising this delightful walk!

Thank you Anna for these very nice photographs and interesting report

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Paulette's walk in Overijse on 4th November 2011

The sun accompanied us again for the third consecutively walk, a novelty for many of us. Overijse with its charming hilly countryside is certainly worth visiting. A lot of climbing but luckily equal amounts of downhill on little paths carpeted with autumnal leaves.

We ended up in het Koffiehuis, a nice and cosy place where we were spoiled with good coffee, cookies and an extra mini glass of advokaat.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Paulette's walk in Ohain/Lasne on October 31st 2011

Another beautiful day! Is it really the 31st October? It felt more like spring to us in spite of the autumn colours. A walk in Ohain/Lasne with its little hills, its pastoral vistas and its charming woods is always a pleasure.

In front of a mountain of sugar beets...

The cute main square of Ransbeck village.

Back to the car park (after two full hours) next to our favourite restaurant "L'Auberge de la Roseraie".