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April 18, 2020

Restaurant II, Trier!

So back to my fav Trier, our favorite city in Germany which we have been coming down since the early 1990’s. Plenty written on Trier in my blog , many posts and the city is worth a detour. However, other than the previous restaurant post which we have come back several times, there is another one that need to tell you about.

We were walking the old town area and hungry as usual, look for a place to eat. Trying to eat at other locations we stumbled upon Restaurant Fornelli. 

We came by the B51 road and park on the first parking available that was the Europahalle at the other end of the famous Porta Nigra. This is near the pedestrians street but still a bit away to see the real town.  This is a congress hall but has underground parking very nice ;webpage here: Tourist office Trier on parking see Europahalle

Trier

And we had our lunch at restaurant Fornelli at Jakobstr 34 city center Trier. The real thing witnh 17,90€ per person and pizzas from romana , piedmonte,lombardia, and spa Bolognese all with lots of cold beers trierer lowenbrau and paid bottle water panna. The prices were very fair, the waiters friendly; I have nothing to complain about.

Trier

The restaurant Fornelli has been in the historic main market in the heart of Trier since 1983! It It will spoil you in a cozy atmosphere with classic Italian cuisine, with crispy pizza, refined pasta variations, as well as with selected Italian specialties from all regions of Italy. The popular fish and meat specialties in particular will conjure up a piece of original, authentic Italian cuisine for you and the Mediterranean delicacies will enchant you!

Trier

Of course, the Hauptmarkt or central square is gorgeous with many fountains and statues of great architecture beauty not ready to try to explain it, you just need to come and see it. Here you can see the market of Trier, our favorite too; the city of Trier webpage on the market in German: City of Trier on the markets see Hauptmarkt

Trier

The official page of Restaurant Fornelli is here in German : Restaurant Fornelli at Trier

Trier is a nice experience each time in town, the official tourist office with plenty of info in English is here: Tourist office of Trier on things to see

Another pleasant trip to Trier and great mediterranean and Italian food to boot. Hope you enjoy it as we always do. And remember ,happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

April 18, 2020

The land of Sarre, Mettlach , Germany!

Here I am back in Germany, and even thus written on plenty there in my blog there is always something that needs a little bit of attention. I think the; town of Mettlach in the Sarre region is one of them. I will just touch base here on the wonderful lunch we had there which the family love for its simplicity, good food/great prices and a nice street view in an old quant town: Mettlach.

Well this was a nice surprise unintended. I was going to Sarrebrucken to see the Ford factory as my car is a Ford all my life. And while getting there met a nice city and a pretty town on the way;the town is Mettlach.  Going all the way on the road B51 from my base south to Mettlach was easy, passing many interesting towns and enjoying the car ride.

Mettlach

Mettlach is a nice town, with a history of Saint Luitwinius in a very nice Church.(see post) Great river cruising on the Sarre river up river and most of all the home of ceramics wonderland in Villeroy & Boch (see post),with its many outlet stores and also many others like Land’s End.

So it is really a shopper’s paradise with a nice river cruise and picking up some bargain the day trip to Mettlach should be great. However, for me, not my wife, the best was the simple nice lunch we had at Eis Cafe La Taormina at Freiherr-vom-Stein-Straße 32 (street). No webpage but a Facebook page in German: Facebook page of Eis Cafe La Taormina

Mettlach

We had a snack there at Eis cafe La Taormina, Sicilian folks and great beers with gelato, Italian ice cream just wonderful like been there,and on the main street just down from the Church on the main street to the river boat terminals and five minutes from the Villeroy & Boch abbey/outlet stores.

Mettlach

This is the tourist office of Mettlach in German: history of the town section. City of Mettlach and its heritage

Tourist office of Germany on the shopping in English: Tourist office of Germany on Mettlach’ shopping

And the regional Saarland tourist board on Mettlach in English: Saarland tourist office on Mettlach

And there you a nice ride into the hinterland of Germany not far from the French border and wonderful shopping for the wife and cold nice beer for me and great ice cream for the boys. A memorable summer vacation for the whole family, and i will look forward to be back. Hope you enjoy the tour and do visit Mettlach

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

April 18, 2020

The Cinquentenaire park ,Brussels!

And here I am to show you a pretty part of Brussels that me and my family enjoyed very much. This is a huge park with lots to see enough for several days really. It is in near city center and known to the  world; let me tell you a bit about the Cinquentenaire park  of Brussels. We actually came looking for the Auto and Aviation museums and then the rest is awesome too!

The Cinquentenaire park (50th park) was built around a city gate with three arches that the people of Brussels call the Cinquantenaire Arcades. Several museums surround it: the Army Museums, the Aviation Museum, the Automobile Museum, and the Royal Museums of Art and History which present vast collections of objects and reconstructions of sites from all continents. You can reach it on metro stations: Merode and Schuman.   The esplanade which extends in front of the Palais du Cinquantenaire is regularly used for the organization of events of all kinds: departure and arrival of the 20 km from Brussels a pedestrian race, environmental festival, bicycle festival, concerts, festivals, events, drive-in movie with open-air cinema in July and August. I have several posts on many of the museums here but this one is on the park

Brussels

A bit of history I like

At the end of the 19C, newly independent Belgium was in full economic and industrial boom. King Leopold II, joined by the ruling bourgeoisie, has the will to equip Brussels with prestigious infrastructures, parks and monuments worthy of a capital. With the approach of the fiftieth anniversary of the 1830 revolution which led to Belgian independence, the choice of a site to organize the celebrations fell on the field of maneuvers of the Brussels garrison located on the territory of the town of Etterbeek in the axis of the rue de la Loi which rises in the historic district of Brussels. Annexed to the city of Brussels, the place is arranged for the jubilee of the fiftieth anniversary of Belgian independence in 1880.

Brussels

A second exhibition and a Great International Science and Industry Competition were organized in 1888. the project of concentrating in one place all the knowledge of the nation in a Palace of the Cinquantenaire. It was built two buildings connected to each other by semicircular colonnades with in the center a temporary arcade with a single arc. The set is oriented on an axis, facing the perspective of the royal palace and the center of the city, and behind which begins the avenue de Tervueren, 10 km long, which the king will trace to connect the city to the castle and royal domain. The layout of the park is designed to accommodate the exhibitors’ pavilions.

For the 1897 World Fair, additional buildings were added, including the monumental glass halls placed on either side of a large courtyard or esplanade located behind the arcade. It was inaugurated in 1905 on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Belgium. The three arches of the same width and height form a sort of triumphal arch surmounted by an imposing bronze quadriga representing Brabant standing on a chariot drawn by four horses and which brandishes a flag. At the foot of the columns, the other eight provinces are represented.

I have written on some in my blog but in general these are the building and institutions in or around the park.

The Palaces of the Cinquantenaire: The north wing is occupied by the Army Museum. The northeast hall, by the Aviation Museum. The south wing is occupied by the Royal Museums of Art and History and the molding workshop, which traditionally perpetuates the techniques of reproduction of ancient works. The southeast hall is occupied by the Autoworld, automobile museum. The arcades of the Cinquantenaire. The Royal Institute for Artistic Heritage, avenue de la Renaissance. The Great Mosque and the Islamic Center, inaugurated in 1978, northwest corner. The Pavilion of human passions, one of the first buildings of Victor Horta, built in 1899 in a classical style to house the monumental bas relief of the sculptor Jef Lambeaux Les passions humanes 1886, which evokes the pleasures and misfortunes of humanity.

Further statues and sculptures are : The Belgian pioneers in the Congo, this large monument erected in 1921 with a sign placed next to it bears an inscription inspired by the paternalistic mentality of the time. It represents several groups of characters.  The Memorial to fallen airmen, northeast side. The Tournai tower or Beyaert tower, a curious building designed for the national Jubilee exhibition of 1880 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Belgian independence. Built in 1880 in a pseudo-medieval style, it was intended to demonstrate the qualities of Tournai stone. The sculptures are many but my favorites are The mastiff of Ulm – bronze 1896 and Samson throwing foxes in the fields of the Philistines – stone 1878.

Indeed a wonderful park for walks and sightseeing galore you will have your hands full just in the Parc du Cinquentenaire park alone. It is recommended when in Brussels.

As usual from me some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Tourist office of Brussels on the Cinquantenaire park

Environmental section of the city of Belgium on the Cinquantenaire park: Environmental Brussels on the Cinquantenaire park

There you go folks , a nice visit to the city of Brussels, one of our favorites in Europe. Hope you enjoy the post and do visit the park. And I thank you for reading.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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