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July-August 2006. 3 weeks in Europe.

July-August 2006. 3 weeks in Europe.

This year 2006 we were waiting impatiently for the summer holidays because we were invited by my friends to visit Europe for one month. My friends - Jean-Claude Legros and Evelyne Felix, his wife - are from Belgium and we know each other many years already. In 2004 they were invited by me to visit Russia and we had a beatiful trip to Altai mountains, where we had a climbing to the highest peak of that region - Belukha (Beluha) Mt. 4506 m. After that travel I was invited to visit their country - Belgium. In 2005 this plan was skipped, but in 2006 we could find the needed time and some money for this dream of childhood.
To get a visa to Belgium (we were asking for Shengen visa) in Novosibirsk was not too easy. First of all we were obliged to use Belgium general consulate in Moscow because there are no any other departments in Russia. But we were lucky to have an agreement with their staff to send all needed documents via post not visiting them personally. In total we spent half a year to gather all recuired documents and papers and al last we got this travel visa for me and my wife, Zhanna (Jane).
So, in July we packed up our rucksacks and took a train from Novosibirsk (Russia) to Almaty (Kazakhstan). From Almaty we had a car to Karakol (the eastern part of Issyk-Kul Lake, Kyrgyzstan) via Kegen town on the Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan border. We went to Kyrgyzstan first, because we decided to leave our daughter Lyuba with our parents while we have a trip to Europe. This choice was the best for that time - Issyk-Kul region has a perfect climate for the health of our daughter.
In 19th of July we had a flight from Kyrgyzstan's main airport "Manas" (Bishkek) to Moscow, Sheremetyevo-2 (Russia), where we had a next flight to Brussels. Upon landing in Brussels' airport we were met by Jean-Claude and were brought by his car (Renault Megane - good medium car) to his house in Awan - a settlement near Aywaille city.
From the landing in Brussels in the first day and to the last day we had there we tried to see as much as it possible. Those three weeks we actually spent there we had no any rest, because it was pity to have that - we were walking around and kkeping an eye on all what was happening around - the style of European life was really interesting for us.
During this travel we had time to visit Belgium, Germany, France, Switzerland and Holland (Netherlands). And the general effect of this trip is very positive and that's clear for us now why so many people try to move to Europe leaving the countries where they live now. In our opinion now - Russia is behind the current economical and social situation of Europe on 50 years, not to mention Central Asian republics like Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan...
That's all in short above. We have so many emotions after European holidays so there is no enough time and paper to describe it. We had a camera with us and it was working all the time so we have a lot of pictures. The best photographs of Europe and our holidays I post here. I have added descriptions to every picture, so you can understand what every picture is about and where it was taken. Click on the photo and the new window with larger picture and full description will be opened...


Having an excursion in the castle and around we walked down to the town where bought some food and had a rest on the town square.
Germany. Heidelberg Castle. Castle view.
We met a lot of different cars and motobikes during our trip in Europe. We met such a designer idea in Heidelberg.
Germany. Heidelberg Castle. Parking.
One more castle is not far from Pirmasens. It's a Burg Grafenstein Castle on the top of the hill. Mostly ruins but anyway a great view...
Germany. Burg Grafenstein Castle.
I have set a camera in the auto mode and stood up apart for 2 meters to have a castle as a background.
Germany. Burg Grafenstein Castle and me.
At the top tower of the Burg Grafenstein Castle. The view around.
Germany. Burg Grafenstein Castle. The top.
The view of the hills, forests and meadows around the Burg Grafenstein Castle.
Germany. Burg Grafenstein Castle. View around.
These walls are standing here from 1237.
Germany. Burg Grafenstein Castle. Walls.
Germany doesn't accept nuclear power stations. So there are wind turbines along with solar batteries everywhere there.
Germany. Wind turbines.
After the Germany trip we had a drive to France. This drive took us about 5-6 hours from Belgium to Paris where we had a few overnigts in the flat of our old friends - Isabelle & Frederic.
In the first evening we had a first small excursion to Montmartre cathedral where from we had a beatiful view to the city and had a first look at Eifel Tower.
France. Paris. Evening.
There are a lot of tourists in Paris - in every moment of time, in every street, in every corner - there are tourists, tourists and tourists. From whole of the world.
France. Paris. Tourists.
On the next day we had a trip into the downtown of Paris. And here we saw a dream of the chidhood - the Eifel Tower - this huge, beatiful and fascinating cunstruction.
France. Paris. Eifel Tower.
Under the Eifel Tower.
France. Paris. Near the Eifel Tower.
We were offered to have an excursion on the boat along the Siena river.
Paris. Excursion on boats.
Not only usual boats were there - cars can be met among the boats too...
Paris. Excursion on cars.
Our boat is near this famous beautiful cathedral - Notre Dam de Pari.
Paris. Near Notre Dam de Pari
I am with Top-Kniga T-Shirt against the background of Eifel Tower.
Paris. Collage.
After the boat trip we visited the main square of Louvre museum. We were unlucky because musems were closed for some kind of restoration (that was strange for us to hear that in the peak of tourist season)
Paris. Louvre.
Those days we had very hot weather there. About 30 centigrades above zero. The people used water from fountains to cool themselves. I did it too :-)
Paris. Louvre. Heat.
We walked downstairs to the entry of museums to read it's closed for restorations.
Paris. Louvre. Museums entry.
We had some time to walk around the Louvre buildings and square.
Paris. Louvre. Walking.
That was too hot to walk much there. We decided to go to the flat to have some rest and prepare ourselves for the evening walking.
Paris. Louvre. Going to exit.

Paris. Louvre. View of Triumph Arc from Champs-Élysées.
As usual there were a lot of tourists around. From this place you should go downstairs and under the street go to the entry under the Arc.
Paris. Zhanna and Triumph Arc.
Triumph Arc is a huge monument. A lot of tourists where in the shadow of the Arc.
Paris. Under Triumph Arc.
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