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May holidays

Monday, May 06, 2013

One of the pleasures of living here in Belgium is that they have more National Holidays than most of the other countries in Europe - 11 to be precise! If the holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, often a Bridge Day is added to make a long weekend. 3 of these holidays fall in May, the kids love it as they rarely do a full week at school this month!

Today has been an odd one for me though. It is a Bank Holiday in the UK, so I have been reading facebook posts about friends and relatives enjoying the sun in the garden or at the beach. However, it isn't a holiday here, so I have spent the day in a hot, sweaty gym, not working out but supervising the Grade 12 kids battling through their IB exams. Our next day off isn't until Thursday (Ascension Day) - they've thrown in Friday as well for good measure.

Last week, my parents were over from England. Wednesday was a National Holiday (Labour Day) so we travelled over to the beautiful city of Ghent. As well as admiring many fantastic buildings and sampling the local beer (well this is Belgium!) we were surprised to be entertained by a huge Labour Day parade. This marching band made me smile!





Some of the buildings













We plan to spend this week's days off touring the tulip fields - we are just a few miles from Holland and we don't have to go far to find them!

In other news, Day 2 of the healthy eating plan has gone well...... emoticon

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LIS193 5/7/2013 4:49PM

    Great pictures! Have fun at the tulips fields (Keukenhof?)
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LEASIM1231 5/7/2013 4:35PM

    Yes, I am loving these holidays! It was lovely that the 1st was such good weather! Unfortunately they are predicting not so nice for this weekend. I wanted to go away, but it looks like we started planning too late. Everything is booked!

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WILSONWR 5/6/2013 9:22PM

    Thanks for sharing the great pictures! Glad you're getting back to healthy eating.

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KPACE7 5/6/2013 8:37PM

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures! emoticon

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FANGFACEKITTY 5/6/2013 4:58PM

    Beautiful pictures!
Yes, the holidays here in France are something I really enjoy! This week we have Wednesday & Thursday and most of my coworkers have taken Friday as well (unfortunately I have meetings scheduled with Asia & the US so I am working). My daughter is also loving the time out of school.

In the US the first holiday of the year is not until the end of May, for Memorial Day, and it is only 1 day. Almost 6 months is a long time to wait for the first holiday!

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JACKIE542 5/6/2013 4:32PM

    What fun, thank you for taking the beautiful pictures of the buildings, spectacular.
I sure can't wait to see those tulip fields. emoticon
Congrats on staying with your healthy eating plan. emoticon

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DR1939 5/6/2013 3:56PM

    We were in a spa town in The Czech Republic when a men's chorus was singing. We sat and listened and really enjoyed it. Afterwards we learned it was a political event for a conservative party--not our cup of tea.

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1BEACHWALKER 5/6/2013 2:43PM

    I love marching bands too!! That looks like a castle in that 3rd photo! I love castles!!! I love tulips too! Love the background photo! Love all your photos! Hope to see more as you go on your holidays! Have fun!
emoticon on the healthy eating! I need to get back on track after my vacation last week-ate too many bad foods and too many calories!
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UNSWEETMAMA 5/6/2013 2:23PM

    emoticon for sharing those lovely photos.
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