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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...


We have net a group of alpinists climing to the top of Aiguille-du-midi. That's what I like - 2-3 days climbing in the snow and ice. So cool!
Chamonix. Mountain climbers.
Here we are - at the top of cable-way route at altitude 3824m. The perfect view of Mont-Blanc and other mountains around.
Aiguille-du-midi. 3842m. View of Mont-Blanc.
Me and Mont-Blanc - the beautiful peak of Alps.
Aiguille-du-midi. Me and Mont-Blanc.
There is no place without tourists in Europe.
At photo: Zhana against a background of the entry to the tunnel which has a lift to the very top of Aiguille-du-midi peak.
Aiguille-du-midi. Tourists.
There is a special tower at the top of Aiguille-du-midi. To reach that tower you have to take a lift inside of this rock.
Aiguille-du-midi. Top tower.
We are at the altitude higher than clouds were at that day! There is a Chamonix somewhere below us.
Aiguille-du-midi. Above the clouds.
After one hour at altitude we wend down to the middle station where we had a small tea break in cafe.
Aiguille-du-midi. Tea break.
This is a view from the middle station of Aiguille-du-midi cable-way.
Aiguille-du-midi. 3000m. View of valley.
Before going down to the city we had a walk around the middle station. We shouldn't hurry to go down - what for? :-)
Aiguille-du-midi. Walking.
We have found some small glacier lake with crystal there.
Aiguille-du-midi. Lake.
On the way back.
Aiguille-du-midi. Flying down.
This is a scheme of Aiguille-du-midi top station. The huge work has been done to create this wonderful attraction. That's a good place to show what is mountains for children and urban population.
Chamonix. Aiguille-du-midi scheme.
This is a lower station of Aiguille-du-midi. This station is in the city, just among the streets and houses. Here you can see the cables to the middle station which is at altitude 3000m.
Aiguille-du-midi. The lower station.
In one of cloudy days in Chamonix we had a drive further into the mountains. And at some point we crossed the border between France and Switzerland. After that we drove up to the altitude 3000m by the good road. That was amazing to see what we saw - the huge dam was erected to keep the beautiful lake between the mountans.
Switzerland. Lake D'Emosson.
This a wall of the dam which keeps the billions of tons of water....
Switzerland. Lake D'Emosson dam.
The lake is changing the colour of water depending on current weather. Sun - emerald colour, clouds - grey colour...
Lake D'Emosson.
The dam from other side. The clouds are coming up from the valley below.
Lake D'Emosson. Clouds, dam.
It's not forbidden to walk by the dam and there is a road around the lake, but we didn't check it.
Lake D'Emosson. Walking by dam.
This is a view from the dam down to the valley were we come from. There is a railroad from this valley to the lake, very interesting idea to build it - and as I guess it's ecpecially for tourists.
Lake D'Emosson. View to the valley.
You can come here by car, by feet and by train - the special one but using railroad.
Lake D'Emosson. The railroad.
It's a parking of the Lake D'Emosson. As usual - tourists are here... Why not? The beautiful place!
Switzerland. Lake D'Emosson. Parking.
After Chamonix, Alps and Mont-Blanc we returned to Belgium. There are many interesting castles here too. One of them we have visited after one day rest. That was Castle Jehay.
Belgium. Jehay Castle.
Jehay Castle is surrounded with water, some kind of pool around there - full of big carps. I forgot my rod, unfortunately...
Belgium. Jehay Castle. Front view.
We came inside of yard, bought a tickets for the excursion and went to the garden where we found many different trees, old sculptures and monuments.
Belgium. Jehay Castle. Inside.
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