Sketches of Europe Brigade (eight) -, geo-Belgium

Sketches of Europe Brigade (eight) -, geo-Belgium

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A summer afternoon in the St. Pancras train station take the “Eurostar”, from across the English Channel tunnel, after two and a half hours to reach Brussels.    Although the train was crossing the surging Atlantic Ocean, but the ordinary train no difference, just let me some old memories.I remember the Second World War, the English Channel this natural barrier, thwarted landing Nazi Germany attack Britain, the United Kingdom from disaster.The largest in the history of Normandy battle also occurred here.AD June 6, 1944 occurred in the Allied landing beaches of Normandy where the fame.Battle of Normandy is the history of the world’s largest amphibious landing operations, strategic battles, laid the foundation for opening up a second front in Europe, France and Germany to speed up the collapse of the post-war situation in Europe as well, they have played an important role.Today, the opening of the Straits train tunnel, “Eurostar” train constantly shuttling between Britain, France, Belgium and other countries, become the friendly countries and from the convenience thoroughfare, stimulating the economic development of the entire European construction..    Platform came cooked in Mandarin “Chinese Mother, Chinese mother” shouts, blocked my way of thinking.Far to see a tall, white skin, blue eyes, blonde curls European Han waved to us, he is the 15th generation disciple of Wudang tour manager south, we have a long wait at the train station.    South tour manager, this Mingge Lei Gree.Thirteen years ago, twenty years old, he obsession with Chinese martial arts, the Wudang Mountain tour Xuande find a man alone on a long road to learn Wudang kung fu.Master built in 2003 to the Dabie Mountains south Wudang, he was very happy, like mountains and rivers here, so she took his mother came to the South Wudang, formal worship Xuande long road trips as a teacher, vowed to carry forward the Wudang culture in Belgium.He was the first disciple long road trip in the South Wudang received, give him the name of the road with a South Wudang “South”, which is due to “reason” Generation name, called Li Nan, the master very much like the love of China foreigners culture, hard work and practice, they give the same surname with Master tour.    Remember mid-2004, to tour South Wudang kung fu school science south, sprained his back in a practice, sleep in bed unable to move, I know, immediately took up the mountain medicine and pastries from the county to see him when I came to his bedside he tears in his eyes, with blunt Chinese shouted mom.Since then, each week from the mountain he came to my house to see us.He is now the Belgian special forces, martial, Wudang Tai Chi, eighteen versed in martial arts.To go to Afghanistan and other front-line battlefield participate in the annual battle last year, risking death to save a little girl in the battlefield by the King awards.    That afternoon, he took us to watch the first appearance of the city of Brussels, and then served us dinner in Brussels Grand Place.    The full name of the Kingdom of Belgium Belgium.Both geographically and culturally, Belgium are at the crossroads of Europe.Located in northwestern Europe, the East border with Germany, the Netherlands and the north near the south border with France, Luxembourg and adjoining southeast, west of the North Sea and the United Kingdom across the sea.European Union headquartered in Brussels, Belgium (Brussels), from the train station first saw the flag hanging from a building lot, and that is the headquarters of the European Union.    Belgium is like an expanded picture: the ancient castle, a modern city, scenery.Everything.Brussels is a modern city, but also a beautiful ancient city.    Brussels Grand Place, the center of Brussels, Belgium, is a business card and a symbol, the main square in mid-1998 the United Nations as “World Heritage”.Place very rich flavor of life, all kinds of bars, chocolate shops, restaurants dotted around you; people sit leisurely and carefree ease in the square.The square is surrounded by several venerable building, golden yellow, gray classical European-style high-rise, high post, gatehouse round, square round on the windowsill, on the walls, the roof is full of beautiful and mysterious statues and pattern, the setting sun shine.    This squares and streets has retained a few hundred years ago multicolored stone bricks paved ground, though not very smooth, but over the centuries has been a wagon wheel and sharpen people’s soles have smooth as a mirror.Now the foot is still rounded up silky texture.Li suggested that we travel south on the old square drill Wudang tai chi, as we magnificent, hardness and softness, moving like a snake, quiet as Mount Tai ancient boxing show, he won thunderous applause wonderful visitors.    There is also a famous sculpture in Brussels’ Manneken Pis pee “.It carries a historical legend.The legend that the Spanish occupiers in the evacuation Brussels, intends to use the explosives to blow up the city, thanks to the little boy out at night to urinate, extinguished the fuse to save the city.To commemorate the little hero, this 1619 engraving by the Belgian sculptor Jie Luomu like Duke Sinuo.Square statue is located in the center of the corner, about half a meter high, is a bare hips pee boy.Naked statue is less than honest, bright belly hips, in front of people freely sprinkled with “urine”, attitude vivid, lifelike image.Slightly curled hair, tilted nose small, mischievous smile, is very naive, lively, lovely.This figure statue-year-old child was not much (about 53 cm tall), but has a history of nearly 400 years of.    In this beautiful and elegant open-air plaza restaurant, a real treat.Our side taste authentic Belgian food, while enjoying the medieval square in the evening, the wine does not intoxicate intoxicating King.Here you can saw the French writer Victor Hugo lived in exile in Belgium red glass room of the main square, Hugo in “The French and Belgian travel in mind,” a book, expressed the feelings of Brussels, he said, Brussels Grand Place is the world’s most beautiful square, as beautiful Church of San Michele and Notre Dame, his heart on “Brussels is full of admiration.”.It is said that his masterpiece “Les Miserables” is also here finalization of.    Large corner of the square there is a “Swan House”.Founded in 1523, this year is the appearance of wood, surrounded by a building with a garden, outdoor decorative sculpture of a swan cafe, a restaurant upstairs.That this as “a ghost, a specter of communism haunts Europe” opens, the impact of the world’s one hundred years of the “Communist Manifesto” Marx was during the exile in Belgium where the idea of writing done.Now, still hanging above the main entrance of the building there is a white swan, it is a multi-layered upscale restaurants up and down, the first floor is the year Marx often drink coffee place.We also went to “Swan House” pictures taken in the year Marx often sit seat.The seat that says “KarlMarx (Karl Marx)”.    In the evening, tour manager took us to visit the South to experience the specter of a bar next to the Grand Place.Bar lights dim, glowing white and blue phosphor, like the legendary wildfire Hushanhushan, good horror.Each coffee bars are made of a coffin, which lay a dead skeleton (of course, is false).People here while drinking beer, listening to music while chatting.The Western Bar, we are unable to enjoy, looked at immediately left.    Nine at night, travel south to take us reason they stay home to take the subway.Exit from the subway station, look up and see the stars shone in the sky, with earth, grass scented breeze caressing my face.I thought to remote villages.In fact, here to drive to the center of Brussels only twenty minutes’ drive.Walking through a vegetable garden, see the front of a vague light, and soon went into a garden villa, south tour manager, said:’ll be home.    Li Nan’s house tour is a three-tier small building, the door is a small garden with flowers woven door, the door is a garden were filled with tables, deck chairs for sunbathing, Volleyball.Paved path from a pebble into the living room from the garden entrance to the house door, no one locked door is so open day and night, do not worry about thieves, they steal the locals think ugly, no one will come home stealing.What a happy comfortable life!Tour manager south mom is a capable, smart, cheerful, enthusiastic woman, come see us particularly pleased embraced us, let us hold self-study Chinese textbooks teach her to recognize Chinese characters.She said: I like Chinese culture, like Tai Chi, like a trip to China, I want to learn Chinese, then the organizations Belgian friends travel to China.    The next morning, we went to the park to practice tai chi suburbs.Park towering trees, verdant lawn, clear through the end of the lake, flocks of ducks in the lake rest Sai sun, very beautiful.We also went to a nearby forests, an area thousands of hectares of forest in the quiet roads criss-cross, people unfamiliar road to go get lost.Dense jungle, you can see hundreds of years old trees.Listen to presentations and look at the map, Belgium forest lot, a lot of grass, very green.I think Belgium is a small country, small land area, and why she left so much forest does, how it does not develop real estate or farmland?    Brussels has a very famous landmark – the Atomium.Built near the royal palace on the outskirts of Brussels.1958 is the year of the Brussels World’s Fair design, and the Crystal Palace in London, the Eiffel Tower in Paris with a timeless memorial Expo left.The ball 9 atoms of aluminum metal ball huge structure composed of a tower, each symbol of a sphere atom, ball and the rough steel ball constituting a cube connection pattern.The building is novel and unique style, called unconventional science of art.It is known as “the world’s most astonishing building”.From a distance, like a spaceship, he felt close look at it very tall.In the sunshine, glass-like atomic flashing silver ball.More astonishing that is, people can enter the tower sightseeing tower vertical elevators and escalators, respectively, leading to an overhead belt and each ball atom, a large space inside the ball, which is a transparent glass circular observation deck, where Brussels is also the city’s highest point, overlooking the scenery from different angles Brussels.Daughter of Mr. and take the elevator into the tourism sphere, traveled each sphere.They said: Ball and the connecting passage inside colorful fluorescent flashing, people on the elevator ride is a bit like a spaceship flying in the sky.My fear of heights, afraid to go up naturally.The Atomium more expensive tickets, European correspondent daughter card holders are free of charge in many European attractions.    Belgium ancient architecture is focused on carving decorative appearance, in addition to the gorgeous Grand Place building fine, there is a medieval church exterior decoration and exquisite carving called, a huge church, was dressed as a building of brick and stone sculptures perfect fusion of design and builders in her heart as a work of art is to create the.Inside and outside walls, towers pillars, door beams windowsill, roof tower everywhere many carved statues, figures, animals, and various strange patterns, lines.This artistic building, both show great craftsman creativity and skill, but also reflects the tireless pursuit of art ancients of.    Belgium ancient castle are many, are tall walls, towers, surrounded by a moat, solid iron Shimen, a small window.Castle rooms are connected within the corridor, delicate ornate, huge room wall bookcase, there are illegal channels.    Fun in Belgium, like home, like.Tour manager Southern hospitality like long-lost family relatives, his sister, his father invited us to a guest house, changing the pattern to give us good food.We have the opportunity to integrate into the daily life of ordinary people in Belgium, as we do every day, tasting the owner of the Belgian family style meal, an after-dinner dessert (ice cream or fruit juice) and fruit.Belgians living feel very relaxed, very happy, there is little pressure.    Because we in Britain booked a plane ticket to Switzerland, they only reluctantly leave, leave Belgium to the next stop in Basel.    August 2013 Belgium grass in the first month of 2016, as amended in the mountain cock