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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...


Brass sculpture of girl sitting on mantis.
Jehay Castle. Girl on mantis.
Jehay Castle is famous with its garden - more than 400 kinds of plants and trees from all over the world are collected there.
Jehay Castle. Garden
There were gutters with sculptures of naked girls from the beginning of alley to the end. Girls were made so it was difficult to find any deflections - 100% human anatomy compliance. :-)
Jehay Castle. Alley with girls.
This tree is considered to be from Patagonia. Looking like pine but leaves are very hard and sharp.
Jehay Castle. Patagonian tree.
One girl was so friendly.
Jehay Castle. Girl and me.
This is a view of the castle from the garden.
Jehay Castle. View from the garden.
It was a beautiful place. Of course we had no time to count all 400 kinds of plants and flowers, but indeed they are there...
Jehay Castle. Flowers.
We were allowed to come inside of the rooms. That was interesting to see how people were living in those old times.
Jehay Castle. Room of the castle.
There are many showcases and we liked a book - it was with unusual design and was old...
Jehay Castle. Old book.
The entry arc of the castle.
Jehay Castle. Entry arc.
We met a group of peope exiting from the castle yard. That was a wedding. I think it's a good place to visit for the wedding day.
Jehay Castle. Wedding.
So many carps are there. They are looking like a pigeons in the big cities. When they see a man they are oing to him to ask smth to eat :-)
Jehay Castle. Carps.
When we were going to Jehay Castle we found a pointer to the town where nuclear station is situated. We wanted to visit it.
Belgium. Huy pointer.
There is one of two nuclear stations of Belgium in Huy town. The town was small and beautiful...
Belgium. Nuclear Station in Huy.
We have limbed up to some hill near the old fortress there and had a good view of Huy town and nuclear power station.
Belgium. Huy view.
Yes, many russians can see now where is Huy. I have been there!
Belgium. Huy is here.
That was interesting town to visit though some strange feeling was with us near this huge nuclear power station.
Belgium. Huy end.
Next in our trip should be Amsterdam, Holland. We planned to go with Zhanna, but I went alone there.
I have met my good friend Adrian. He planned to come with his wife too, but came alone :-) Such a concourse of circumstances.
So, we have found the hotel we booked in advance and went to the city - to see the sights of this  famous city.
Holland. Amsterdam. Me and Adrian.
This is a hotel we booked our rooms. NL Hotel. There are many such a hotels in this part of the city - many tourists need them. Not far from Red Lights disctrict and downtown.
Amsterdam. NL Hotel
The central square of Amsterdam. As usual full of tourists and very crowdy.
Amsterdam. Main square.
It;s me - Sergey. Doing some photographing.
Amsterdam. I am taking a picture.
It's considered to be the most famous area of Amsterdam - Red Lights Disctrict. Of course it's forbidden to take photographs there but anyway I took a picture of the most 'beautiful' prostitutes of that area.
Holland. Amsterdam. Red Lights Street.
What I liked very much - it's a plenty of people on bicycles. And what is more attractive - women on bicycles. My head was turning left to right all the time I was walking along the streets.
Amsterdam. The city of bicycles.
Beuatiful girl, isn't she? You never meet such a girl on the bicycle in Russia - never...
Amsterdam. Bicycle and girl.
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