Sunday, October 26, 2014

Weekend Ardennen

DH and I met some friends of our in Liège, we had  boulet frites à la liégeoise , very nice, they are meatballs in pear sirop. We had a stroll through the city until it started raining. We then drove to Lernieux, where we stayed at La Maison de Maître, a small hotel with rooms decorated in different styles. We also had dinner at the hotel.
 
Today we came back home and the boys asked if I could carve the pumpking, so here is the result:
 
 


And this is the result when it was placed outside our front door:


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Opera at the movies


We went to see Macbeth Live at the Met. It is a live production you can see around the worl live as it is played in NYC.
It was the opening play of the new Opera season and we were welcomed with champagne. Great opera, great cast, we had a wonderful evening.

 
Anna Netrebko whoplays Lady Macbeth was fenomenal. What a performance. You can see more at the website of the Met, click here.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Red Velvet Cake

An online friend send me an european adaptation fro Red Velvet Cake. I had a go today together with son #3.

 
Coloring: check

 
Taste: check

 
How true...

 
And this is the result. It is delicious, like the real thing...
I told my friend, this will go into the Great Recipies from Family and Friends book.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Antwerp 1914 - 1918

 
A highlight of this commemorative programme is the contemporary reconstruction of the 1914 pontoon bridge, symbolising the connection between the past, present and future. The temporary pontoon bridge across the River Scheldt near Steen Fortress will be built by Belgian and Dutch engineer battalions. The bridge allowed a lot of people of the city to flee to the UK or Holland on the 7th of Octobre 1914.
 
 
So, as my dad and I are from Antwerp, we had to corss the bridge as our forefathers. We managed to get some of the 100,000 tickets that were available, but not together, so my parents, kids and au pair crossed the bridge in the morning.
 

The bridge while people are crossing it in the morning.
 


Waiting for the crossing, I guess 100 years ago, people were not laughing as there was panic as the Germans were advancing on the city...

All th eboats that have to push the bridge against the very strong current of the River Scheldt.

Once crossed, there were a lot of activities.
 


Every now and then the bridge has to be broken up to change boat positions as the River Scheldt has tides or if the boats needs to be fueled or if schips have to pass...

 
The city showed herself at her best for the tourists I guess. All these pictures were not taken by me, but by our au pair or my dad.



The boys and Mum as they are crossing the bridge.



Son #1 and our au pair.
 
Allmost at the other side.

 
One of the activities.


 
In the evening, DH and I went to the city to cross the bridge, but we first went out to diner.
 
 
Had a bite to eat at comocomo, great tapas.

 
But when we left the restaurant it started raining, luckily we got one of the last umbrellas at one of the tourist shops... as this was the line at 22.00.


At 22.30, we crossed the bridge, in a full blown storm, it added to teh atmosphere, as it rained,was cold and windy and everybody wanted to cross the bridge as fast as possible.


 
On the other side, the view was spectacular.


And yes, we did it, it has a strange feeling to know that this was the way many people were able to get away from the city you were born... But I am glad we had the opportunity.

 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

MAS


Son #2 and 3 had a birthday party in the city of Antwerp, so we decided to visit the MAS, a museaum where they have brought several collections together. I must say it was spectacular to go to the roof and see the city from another angle. There was also a stand where you could write a message and place it in a glass bottle and if you left one, you take another onwe with you, so we are anxious to see what someone else wrote...
We finished our visit with some mussels with french fries which we bought from a local charity that was having a fundraiser.  Great idea, great mussels.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Today - one year ago



 
Today, one year ago, I was standing on top of the Empire State Building. Wish I was there again... Sigh...

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Hospital


Oh yeah, on wednesday son #2 had his cast taken off and on Friday night we are back in the ER...
Playing soccer, he kicked against a concrete border instead of the ball and his toe was black and blue and he had three lacerations on his foot...
So, we spent the whole friday evening in the ER waiting rooms, waiting to been seen by a nurse, waiting for X-rays, waiting to be seen by a doctor...
= a bad sprain of his toe and foot, the three lacerations and two weeks no sports...