Manneken Pis shocks British woman

11 05 2010

A British woman was shocked when she saw a winegum from Manneken Pis. It is a statue in Brussels from a kid taking a piss (when I find out how to get my pictures from camera to computer I will post it here.) The 23-year-old thought it was a prank and started screaming and yelling and later called the candy company to complain.Supermarket chain Tesco and the candy company did not understand how this got into their assortment and said they expected better behavior from their candy!!??. I think they should all take a deep breath and see how retarded this is to make a fuss over.





Brussels

3 05 2010

Last weekend me and my boyfriend made a trip to the beautiful capital of Belgium. Even though it is my neighboring country and I have been all over Europe, strangely enough I had only visited Brussels twice before at night, to party. From Amsterdam it is only 1.5 hours with the Thalys and it really feels very different from Holland. The first night I was alone because my hubby was still on his way through Europe to get to Brussels(it was the week after the start of the volcano trouble).I walked over the magnificent Grand Place with numerous intriguing century old buildings. Lots of gold and amazing details. Then a quick bite to eat at a brasserie, duck in a beer broth and later on some of the best ice-cream I ever had, with a gingerbread flavor. After that I had a quick walk though the gay area of Brussels, which was fun. Lots of flirting going on, always good for the ego. I definitely miss that from NY, here where I live in the Netherlands I go weeks without seeing many gays(or none at all) sometimes. Our hotel was the luxurious Rocco Forte Amigo where the beds were very comfortable. Next morning I finally saw my boyfriend and it always feels extra great to see each other after a longer absence. We got some coffee, soft-drinks and sandwiches at a nice little bakery in the sun and planned the rest of our day. First we did some shopping and bought a cool retro orange/black messenger bag for myself and a new digital camera. We had lots of pictures so shoot and nothing to do it with at the time(2 of them are in NY) so it was a necessity. Then it was time for lunch already and we went to a small place recommended by the concierge of the hotel and it was phenomenal. My boyfriend had the best casserole with lots of meat and beans he ever had( and he had a lot) For myself there was rabbit rillette as a starter and sole in a creamy sauce for my main. After that it was off for a long walk to burn some calories, through the picturesque city center. Beautiful churches, pedigreed lawns/parks and the palace of the Belgian royal family. Not as pretty as the British one but still worth seeing. At night we had reservations at a 2-star Michelin restaurant. That means in general for foodies like us a good time but this was one of the most mediocre Michelin star restaurants we ever ate. The amuses were uninspiring, the fish-sauce too fat and the sweetbreads a bit bland. The silverware was very chic as was the interior but the service was not up to par while they were pretending to be very formal. Empty glasses were not filled on time and the bottles were out of reach for us, napkins were not refolded after toilet visits nor did people get any assistance sitting down. Don’t get me wrong the food was ok and some of the formalities are not important to me at all, but expectations from a 2 star are pretty big. We had a great night together nonetheless The next day the weather was again very nice (sunny and 70’s) and after a nice breakfast at one of the many outside cafe’s surrounding the Grand Place we thought it was time for some culture and went to 2 museums. The first one was a beer museum, perfect for my beer-loving boyfriend. The showed how some of the famous Belgian beer was brewed in the past and present and it ended with a tasty local beer. Not too shabby huh? Belgium is famous for his comic books and I read many of them as a kid. The cartoon-museum featured some of my favs like Suske and Wiske and Tintin but I expected a bit more. It is worthwhile for families but I would not recommend it for only adults. Then we walked fo another hour or so, bought some of the famous Belgian chocolate for family and had a farewell lunch at out spot from saturday afternoon. Another hearty feast was served and eaten to the last little crumb. All in all I would totally recommend people to visit Brussels, maybe in combination with the medieval beauty Brugge for a long weekend.





Clijsters and Henin try to break record

23 04 2010

On July 8 the 2 Belgian stars will compete in the King Boudewijn-stadium in Brussels against one another and try to break the world record for most visitors at a tennis match. The record is now 30.472 visitors when Billie Jean King played Bobby Riggs in the battle of the sexes back in 1973 in the U.S. Billie will be the referee. Sounds super cool





Iceland volcano ash plume causes huge travel problems

16 04 2010

The volcano is still giving off ash and archeological researchers think it can be days or weeks until it is done. Whether it causes airplane delays for that long depends on the wind. The 3 biggest airports in Europe are closed, London Heathrow, Charles de Gaulle in Paris and Frankfurt, Germany.(Amsterdam’s Schiphol as well). My boyfriend is marketing in europe this week and already had huge problems. Yesterday he was supposed to fly to London from Frankfurt but now he has to go with the train to Brussels today(yesterday all was booked)and then take the Eurostar train to London. And my brother-in-law is stuck in Tokyo. Lots of people are stranded on the airport or have to find expensive hotels. Most hotels around the airports are already fully booked. Volcanic ash in a plane’s engine becomes molten glass and clogs the, causing complete shutdown.





British Airways strike

27 03 2010

The losers of BA have to fuck up everyone’s travel for yet another time. At midnight they will start their strike for another 4 days, after already having been on strike last week for 3 days. The personnel wants more money even though I read they already got more than any other company. My experiences with BA have been so bad, twice I had to wait at Heathrow for a full day to get from London to Amsterdam(40 min). Last year my luggage was lost for 2 weeks. The service is horrible, even in the business class lounge the people(especially the women) are rude and fugly. I try to avoid them like the plague and recommend others the same thing. If you fly from the U.S to Amsterdam on American just go to Brussels instead and then take the train. It is quicker, much cheaper and a lot less hassle.





Kim Clijsters barbie doll

4 02 2010

Tennis star Kim Clijsters has been reinvented as a barbie doll. On Wednesday both Kim and daughter Jada were immortalized in Brussels. Kim was obviously thrilled because she loved barbies as a little girl. Pretty cool!!