Eliters Karnaval in Europe
Contributed by cajrn57
I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Karnaval in Lanaken, Belgium in February. I went there with my husband and 2 fellow Eliters; Martyparty_flyingzoo (Marty from hearts) and Anfrea0o0 (Eva from Bgy). Marty is from England, and Eva is from Vancouver. (We are from Massachusetts) Our hosts in Belgium are also Eliters, Kingbelgiumrobbie and his wife, Snoepietje (Josie).
Robbie owns an enormous costume shop, and he and his wife also do fireworks displays for a living. We joined them every night, dressing in costume, and going out as a group of 12-16 to various bars for dancing and singing traditional Karnaval songs. It was really marvelous to join in a cultural event such as this in another country! Robbie and Josie were extremely nice to us and treated us like family. Marty and Eva were great fun to hang around and party with!
After Lanaken, the 4 of us took the train to the mideviel Brugge, Belgium. This is a most beautiful place. We rode the canals by boat, walked the cobblestoned streets and visited many quaint pubs. Belgium has hundreds of delicious beers and we really tried to sample them all!
We went to Amsterdam as well and met up with Eva's sister and brother-in-law who had driven there from Italy. Everyone should go to Amsterdam sometime in their lives, there are people from all over the world there and it is exactly like everyone says it is. The 6 of us visited one of the famous "coffee shops" while there......
My husband and I followed Marty back to his home in England and stayed with him for 3 days. He graciously took us to London one day. A good time was had by all!........cajrn57 (CarolAnn from Criby)