Today’s trip has a somewhat different reason behind it. For no particular reason I wanted to visit Belgium at least once this year. Summer passed, and I still hadn’t visited our neighbour country. To cross off this resolution, I headed for Belgium, and visited some municipalities along the way.
The day started with rain, and it was not going to stop raining for even a single moment.
The first town hall is Asten’s. From the outside it is not clear that it is the town hall, and people were in such a rush because of the rain (very poorly depicted in the photo, as it was coming down in bucketfuls) that they didn’t want to confirm my thought. This is the only clue they give you:
Asten… sounds like a bell! — Municipality Asten
Funny detail is that when I stood on the sign, the bells (from this church) would indeed sound. The sign also refers to the Royal Eijsbouts bell foundry located in Asten. In 2006, it manufactured the largest bell ever made in Europe: it weighs over 36000kilograms.
Earlier I reported that the Veluwe has nice heath, and forests. It was nice to learn that to the south we can find similar landscapes. Not as vast, but it still provides for a nice scenery.
The town square in Someren was being prepared for christmas activities. With just a little stable and some christmas trees, it still looked a bit meagre. But then again, the weather was really awful. My gloves were soaked to such an extent, I was hardly able to get them on again after drying my hands with a towel.
I have some pictures with me on it as well, but the rain covered the lens with some blurry spots. Not that you are missing out or anything 😉
Moving on to Budel, where it turned out to be an utter mess. Where last trip it was crowded because of Sinterklaas, now it was crowded because christmas was approaching. From this picture you cannot see the multitude of people and parked cars.
In the spirit of previous posts, a short etomological explanation of the suffix “-donck” or “-donk”. A donk is a inhabited hill that clearly stands out from its environment. In the province Noord-Brabant, where we are now in this trip, it particularly means a high sand hill or a ridge along a stream valley.
It was a strange experience to see all these Belgium license plates on cars. Since I live closer to the German border, I am used to see the white plates with black characters. I forgot that I headed for the Belgium border, and, for a moment, was absolutely clueless about what was causing this overload of tiny white plates with red characters.
The town hall looks nice with the stained glass, I think it might well be one of my favourite contemporary town halls. It looks a bit futuristic with the blue lights inside and overall architecture, but still it has “that” old feel.
Belgium, at last! According to my GPS I was atleast 10ft across the border. As far as I was planned to go anyway 😉 since it would be turning dark any moment.
km total: 2012
done: 4 (44)
to to: 371