Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Petty's visit

Last week we had a wonderful surprise visit from the Pettys. Robin had called about a week before and we were able to make arrangements to spend some time with them. We had sooooo much fun. We started out by going to Grand Place where we walked around lots of little shops. Unfortunately is was so dark that they didn't get to see the magnificence of the buildings.
Nevertheless we really enjoyed ourselves. Rick is so funny that he had us laughing much of the time. We had a yummy dinner of steak, salad, and fries. We also stopped for hot cocoa, belgian waffles, and belgian frites. Robin and Rick had a waffle with chocolate and strawberries and Dh and I had one with chocolate. The fries are double fried here; first in one oil and then in another one. Both the waffles and the fries are a regional specialty not to be missed.

The next day we met up with the Phairs and visited the Cinquantenaire. This is a huge museum complex and park. The arc with the huge statue can be seen from many parts of the city and is one of the great landmarks of Brussels.

Inside the museum are several exhibits. We saw the African, American Indian, Greek and Egyptian ones. They were all very interesting.

They had lot of ancient writings on tablets, plates, scrolls, and stones. Some of them were very large while some were very, very small.

There were lots of interesting tapestries.

Carvings on stone and wood were so interesting.
We also saw lots of statues, sculptures, paintings, and other various objects of art as well as ancient household objects, dishes, pottery, vases etc.

There were several representations of the tower of babel.

The Phairs and Dh.

Robin admiring some of the jewelry.

An ancient burial casket.

One room was dedicated to mummies. We saw old bones, skulls, hands and feet and toes.

Lots of the mummies had doubles enclosures like our casket and then cement tomb.

Not sure how this picture snuck in here, but we went to visit the Atomium at night. It is the representation of a molecule of iron magnified 105million times. It was a lot of fun to go into several of the balls. First we took an elevator clear to the top and could walk around up there and look down at the city. Then we came back down and then up escalators and stairs. There was a 50's exhibit in one ball and an African exhibit in another. One of the balls was empty because they use if for school kids to have overnighters. We then took stairs and escalators and finally an elevator down. It was so pretty all lit up.

More mummies.

The American Indian exhibit was fun, but most of the things on display were very familiar to us.

This is from the top of the museum. The view of the city is beautiful.

In one of the opposite buildings there is a section of medievil things and also a WWII musuem with tanks, tons of weapons, etc. The men really, really enjoyed this part.

Saturday we drove down to Brugge, a lovely old city. We took a boat ride in the canals. As you can see, it was really, really cold. We are bundled up in 4 or 5 layers of clothes. We had fun looking at the shops, the belgian lace, and lots of fun things. In the evening we went to our church building and listened to the Stake Christmas Musical Program which we all enjoyed.

Robin and Rick spent the night in our missionary apartment and Sunday we went to church. We had fun introducing them to our friends and ward members. The U.S. missionaries were super excited to have them there.

After church, we had a nice turkey dinner and then we drove them back to Brussels. What a great surprise and what a great visit we had.

The Pettys have been our friends since we moved to Texas. We were their neighbors down the street and then Rick became our Bishop. In fact he is the one who helped us fill out all of our missionary papers. There were many a time we would run up to his house for help with one question or another. We were his first missionaries too. Interestingly enough, our daughter Andrea and their daughter Meridith were great friends before we ever met them. It was a super coincidence and wonderful surprise that we moved so close to them and became such good friends. Hurray for friends!


** Dre and Yoho ** said...

soo fun! i am happy you guys had fun!

nikko said...

What a fun surprise!

The Wendler Family said...

visits are the best! especially when its from those you love. :) Love all of the pictures. Museums were one of my most favorite things about Europe. who would go all of that way and NOT eat a belgan waffle?!?! they are mighty delicious!!
Glad you are doing well! Love the picture of you and your DH.
love you!

Yvonne said...

Visits with friends are always so wonderful.

You look great.

Love all the pictures.

The Texas Bakers said...

How fun to have a visit from friends! Those mummies were kinda creepy, though.