Happy 2014!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

This postcard comes from Mieke in Belgium. I love this countdown to the new year postcard a lot but I am blogging about it a tad late, as one cannot always count on the South African Post Office to deliver mail on time. But anyway, this is a jolly postcard, so, Happy New Year to you too Mieke!

Hello from Yellow

Geel, Belgium

Geel, Belgium

This postcard comes from Ilse, who lives in the city of Geel, Belgium. I have to say that the name of the town is slightly odd and amusing, since “Geel” is Dutch for yellow. The city is located in the North of the country, in the Flemish province of Antwerp. The town of 340 square kilometers is home to about 38 000 people. The location in which the city is situated has been inhabited since the iron age. The town has enjoyed a form of municipal governance since the first half of the 13th Century. The patron saint of the city is Saint Dymphna of Ireland, who is the patron saint of the mentally-ill. An interesting history between this town and the mentally-ill exists in that the town has practiced the deinstitutionalisation of the mentally-ill since the 13th Century, whereas the practice only started developing elsewhere in the 20th Century. Pretty interesting, isn’t it?

Timeless Masterpiece

Atomium, Brussels, Belgium

Atomium, Brussels, Belgium

Mieke from Belgium sent me this awesome panorama postcard of the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium. It was originally built for the Brussels World Fair in 1958 and when one looks at it today, it’s still looks futuristic. This World Fair thing is pretty awesome, it not only gave us this magnificent monument reaching 108 meters high, but also that other famous tower thing in Paris. You know the one I’m talking about, right? Anyway, the spheres of the Atomium contain habitable spaces with exhibit halls and public spaces, while the tubes contain escalators and a lift. The top sphere provides a panoramic view of Brussels and boy it must be a sight from there. What a brilliant place! Dank je Mieke!

Belgifrux

Talaris Vacances, France

Talaris Vacances, France

I called this post Belgifrux due to the 3 countries the sender, Philippe, calls home. I find it rather amusing as I don’t believe that it’s common for a person in Africa to be from one country, live in another country and then work in yet another country. Philippe tells me that he is from France, he lives in Belgium and he works in Luxembourg. He says that he bought this postcard on holiday in France, at the Talaris Vacances Camping site in Lacanau in 2012 but then sent it from his new home in Belgium. So this postcard has also done its fair share of travelling before eventually making its way to South Africa. Anyway, thank you Philippe! Do you know of any situations similar to that of Philippe? Leave me a comment!

A Grand Palace Indeed

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La Grand Palace

From Raquel in Brussels, Belgium sent me this postcard of the Grand Palace in Brussels which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was constructed during the late 11th century and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. The plains served as the Grote Markt, as it is called in Dutch until 1959. A stunning place that I will definitely have to see up close and personal!