On Sunday, February 11th, 2018, the 90th carnival parade walked through the streets of Aalst, Belgium. The sun was shining (occasionally) and we, together with about 90000 other people, enjoyed the colorful costumes, beautiful floats, and the inventive songs. It is a special day for everybody who lives in Aalst and something special to experience for tourists. Here are some pictures and a short movie to enjoy the atmosphere.
If you like beer and aren’t afraid of a challenge, you have to participate in the Great Breweries Marathon. Don’t let you scare you with the word marathon because there are also other options; you can run 25 km or walk 25km or 42km. The first edition in 2016 was a success and was completely sold out with 1500 runners and 4000 walkers.
Being born and raised in Aalst (Belgium), I really have to promote its ´world-famous’ carnival. Although not as famous as the carnival in Rio or Venice it still attracts around 90000 people to the parade on Sunday each year. If you are in Belgium around that time, you must come and celebrate carnival in Aalst. It is a special and fantastic experience.
Starting in Achouffe, you can do a beautiful 8km hike. It is a round trip that can be extended to around 12k.
In the beginning, you have to cross a little river but because it is not deep, this is fairly easy to do: take off your shoes and socks, roll up your pants and just go.
You follow the river constantly while walking in between the trees. At the end, there are some ups and downs but the most part is flat.
Belgium is famous for its beers. I am not a big fan of beers but my boyfriend is a real beer lover. Although I don’t drink a lot of beer, I find the whole brewing process very interesting, so visiting a brewery is something I really like. In the past, I already visited a few breweries, often as part of a brewery class during my education. But in Belgium, there is no shortage of breweries that you can visit.