Namur avec amour

Copyright for all photos: © Roxana Mironescu April 2017

Located 160 km from Luxembourg-City, Namur (or Namen in Dutch) is the capital of the province of Namur, as well as of the French-speaking region Wallonia, home the Walloon Parliament.

One of the Namur’s highlights has to be its fortress, overlooking the old town and dating from the Roman era. Serving as a command centre of an important earldom in the Middle Ages, the citadel was then coveted and besieged by all the great powers of Europe between the 15th and 19th century. From 1891, it was transformed into a huge park, a real green lung overlooking the capital of Wallonia.

Today, the citadel is open to visitors all year-round, with guided tours on offer in French, English and Dutch. Don’t forget to greet the turtle master – a giant sculpture of a turtle standing on the Citadel. This work of art, ‘Searching for Utopia’, was designed by the Belgian artist Jan Fabre.

You can learn more about the fortress here and discover all of Namur’s hidden gems here.

If you are lucky, (highly recommended to plan your trip) when visiting Namur, you will get the chance to see the unique ‘stilt walkers of Namur’. They are one of the oldest stilt walker groups in the world. Several stilt fights take place during the year, notably around major celebrations such as Easter or Christmas, but also in September. One of the fights is between ”Avresses” – walkers from the New City with the red and white coloured stilts and the ”Melans” – walkers from the Old City with yellow and black stilts. During these fight, the walkers aim to get their competitors down to the ground with their stilts. The losing team has no walker standing on his stilt. On the day of my trip, it was the ”Melans” who won the fight, gathering the crowds of tourists around them, eager to take perfect snapshots of these walkers.

Ziua Iei 2016 sarbatorita in Luxembourg

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Pe 24 iunie 2016, “Ziua Internationala a Iei” a fost sarbatorita pentru al patrulea an de membrii comunitatii romanesti din Luxemburg si Marea Regiune – cuprinzand departamentul Lorena, regiunea belgiana Valonia si landurile Saar, respectiv Renania-Palatinat. De la mic la mare, ne-am pregatit cu nerabdare sa purtam straie populare romanesti pentru a marca “Sanzienele” si a ne bucura de inceputul verii luxemburgheze, iar pentru anul viitor ambitia mea personala e sa imi achizitionez o camasa populara din zona Maramuresului istoric, regiunea mea natala.

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Venezia e unica!

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Piazza San Marco

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Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

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Venetian masks

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The Venetian gondola was the primary form of transportation in Venice from the 12th century until speedboats roared into the canals in the late 20th.

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The island of Burano in the lagoon of Venice

bona giornataThis is just a small glimpse of how much Venice has to offer. Having spent 3 days in the Venetian lagoon, I didn’t have enough time to see everything in the area. I highly recommend it as a weekend get-away, nonetheless if you want to travel around the somewhat lesser known islands of Murano, Burano, Lido or Torcello, you need to spend at least 4 to 5 days in the region.

Great food, the central island of Venice is well-organised, while the timing couldn’t have been better – mid March, just before the tourist season kicks in and one week before the Easter break.

 

People @ 2016 Migration Festival in Luxembourg

This year I tried to cover the Migrations Festival in Luxembourg from a slightly different angle, hence why I only took photos of some of the people participating in the festival as either organisers or performers.

Young Woman from Ecuador at Migration Festival

National costume from Ecuador

Young Woman from Ecuador at Migration Festival 2

Bolivian woman at Migration Festival

National costume from Bolivia

Russian Woman from Ural at Migration Festival

National costume from Russia – the region of Ural

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Turkish Man at Migration Festival

This  young man was selling Turkish Simit bagels.

African dancing at Migration Festival

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African dancing 2 at Migration Festival