Town festival day

Today was the town shooting festival! We woke up to fresh bread rolls and honey, kindly left by the tent by Iris – delicious! Then we had a lazy morning around the hotel enjoying a cup of tea and skyping our families.

Then it was time to head into the village. We had heard that things kicked off in town around midday, but when we got there at 12:30, there was nothing really going on. We asked someone what was happening and he said it’s all over already! Such German efficiency! But the festivities continue in the hall up the road, so off we went to the hall.

When we got there, there was a large group of people in uniform standing in rows listening to someone talking. Then the band among them played whilst the people in their fine regalia marched down towards the hall past us.

Parade of fancy dresses and uniform

Parade of fancy dresses and uniform

More parading - with flags!

More parading – with flags!

The highlight of the festival is that there’s a carved wooden eagle wearing a crown and holding a sceptre. The eagle gets shot down over the course of the evening – anyone can buy a shooting ticket and take a shot at it. When it eventually comes down (after hundreds and hundreds of tiny shots into the dense wood!), the person who took the last shot is the king of the hunters!

Wooden eagle with crown and sceptre

Wooden eagle with crown and sceptre

We chatted and drank beers in the sun for a few hours whilst the shooting got started. It was a lovely atmosphere with everyone milling around in their fancy outfits catching up with their village friends. There were bands playing and the beer was flowing!

4 Party atmosphere

In the late afternoon we decided to head off and get some chores done before we have to leave tomorrow morning. After shopping and laundry, we had a tasty dinner and headed for an early night with the sound of a nearby party going on in the background.

– Anna

Holidays in Belgium

The last five days have been a bit of a whirlwind without much cycling!  We rode to Blankenberge and met up with Dave’s siblings, their partners and baby Casey.  We had two days by the concrete coast, enjoying each other’s company and Belgian beers.

Dave and I stopped for pancakes when we arrived in Belgium

Dave and I stopped for pancakes when we arrived in Belgium

It was a bit soggy on the way into Blankenberge

It was a bit soggy on the way into Blankenberge

It brightened up for the Renner reunion

It brightened up for the Renner reunion

Kathleen and Casey in the swimming pool on a rainy day

Kathleen and Casey in the swimming pool on a rainy day

At the Sea Life centre

At the Sea Life centre

Then Dave and I rode to Bruges to enjoy a two day B&B stay for our birthdays whilst the others took their camper van to the Ardenne.

In Bruges

In Bruges

The Belfry of Bruges - on Belgium Day!

The Belfry of Bruges – on Belgium Day!

Enjoying the old town

Enjoying the old town

From tourers to tourists!

From tourers to tourists!

Now we’re meeting up in Gent for a beer festival and joining some of my friends tomorrow.  It’s exhausting being on holiday!  Might be glad to get riding again at the end of it all 🙂

Riding to Gent

Riding to Gent

– Anna