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VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

by Djinn76 Online Now Apr 1, 2004 at 10:36 PM

Nowadays Tournai is just a small provincial town and that's probably why too many people are overlooking it. However, this is the oldest town in Belgium and its past is extremely glorious (root of the French kingdom) !! The Cathedral and the Belfry are both on the World Heritage list. Not that I want to advertise it (just a little bit ;-), but have a look to my VT page to make your idea by yourself... Norali wish to vist it, Myriam suggested to organise a meeting and Mique agreed... well, who else is interested ? Waw, that would be my first VT meeting and I'd organise it ;-) Next question is when? May-June timeframe sounds ok to me: more chance to have some nice weather but well, we are in Belgium so we can never tell... Anyway even if it is raining like hell, with 8 museums, we could still easily find sth to do... "Les 4 corteges" takes place the second WE of june, this is a folkloric parade but, shame on me, I don't know much more, since this always falled during my exams time, I've never seen it... This year could be a nice opportunity ;-) Let me know your ideas, suggestions... JF

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    Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by cadzand Online Now Apr 1, 2004 at 11:36 PM

    Count me in !

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    Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by Helga67 Online Now Apr 1, 2004 at 11:59 PM

    I'm interested, but it depends on the date. Keep me informed. Helga

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    Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by Sjalen Online Now Apr 2, 2004 at 12:49 AM

    I've always been told Tongeren is the oldest town in Belgium...???

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    Re: Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by Mahieu Online Now Apr 2, 2004 at 1:09 AM

    Great idea, count me in! May-June seems the best thing, because lots of people will be away for holidays during the summer I suppose. Let me know when you have the exact date!

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    Re: Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by Mique Online Now Apr 2, 2004 at 2:47 AM

    as said before, i'm very interested. But it depends a bit on the date. Since Tournai is a bit far for a day trip (around 4 hours one way).. what are the options of securing myself a sleeping place in Tournai or surroundings?

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    Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by B_Caro Online Now Apr 2, 2004 at 1:01 PM

    I'm interested as well. I've never been to Tournay before. If I'm in the country I will certainly come. Caroline

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    Re: Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by myriam_c Online Now Apr 2, 2004 at 1:13 PM

    Count me in as well !!

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    Re: Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by Djinn76 Online Now Apr 3, 2004 at 11:55 PM

    Since nobody mentionned any preference, let set the date to the Sunday 13th june, this should be the WE of these "4 corteges". I will add the event into the VT calendar... > Sjalen, what I have learned at school is that both Tournai and Tongeren were the oldest town of Belgium. Both of them have been founded by the Romans. Now only www.tongeren.be claim to be "De oudste stad van Belgie"... Not too sure about the details ;-) >Mique, about accomodation, you have choice, it mainly depends on your budget: in Tournai itself, there is a camping, a youth hostel and a few hotels... About the hotels, the major options are : * Hôtel Cathédrale : in the center but have heard some bad comments about it.... * Hôtel d'Alcantara : a new hotel in the center, probably the most expensive option but could really be nice. There was an article on the news about it. If you can understand French : couleurbrique.be/renover/A_0... * Panoramique : 10 min drive from the center, on the St Aubert Mount, the view there should be wonderful. More options/details from tournai.be/fr/commerces/inde... Hower as previously mentionned, tournai is just a small town, if you prefer the "big cities", you could eventually stay in Lille, a 20 minutes drive from Ty... JF

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    Re: Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by Mahieu Online Now Apr 3, 2004 at 11:57 PM

    Hi, Euh, the 13th of June is Election Day, so I don't know if this is really the ideal day?

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    Re: Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by Djinn76 Online Now Apr 4, 2004 at 12:04 AM

    Mmmh too bad, completely forgot (ignored ;-) that one, too bad for the "4 corteges", let's postpone to the next WE... Saturday or Sunday ? I'll already insert the 20th June in the calendar... Thanks for the notice ;-))

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    by Mahieu Online Now Apr 4, 2004 at 12:10 AM

    Count me in! I just added my name to the meetings calendar!

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    Re: Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by Mique Online Now Apr 4, 2004 at 1:05 AM

    That weekend i'm in Budapest... Is it possible to have it a bit later...? If not i'll just have to drop by another time..

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    Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by Norali Online Now Apr 4, 2004 at 1:18 AM

    bookmarking...

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    Re: Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by Djinn76 Online Now Apr 4, 2004 at 3:05 AM

    mique> well, ok lets postpone to 27th then... Anyone against this date, 27th, one time, two times,...

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    Re: Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by Mique Online Now Apr 4, 2004 at 3:12 AM

    i hope i'll be back around that time but i will do my utmost best.. Thanks !

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    Re: Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by myriam_c Online Now Apr 4, 2004 at 4:14 AM

    JF, I just read on the Tournai website that "Les 4 cortèges" will take place on June 6th. I won't be available on that weekend, though so June 27th would be perfect for me!!

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    Re: Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by Peter_P Online Now Apr 4, 2004 at 5:02 AM

    Count me in, if I don't have to work... On the 27th maybe I'll be able to come in the afternoon. 12-13 June I'm at home, so no problem, except the elections 19-20 working time...:( I'm sure we can arrange something...:) P

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    Re: Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by cadzand Online Now Apr 4, 2004 at 7:27 AM

    If 27 th of June is maintained, don't count me in anymore :-(( I'm not free that WE snif snif !

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    Re: Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by Norali Online Now Apr 4, 2004 at 7:29 AM

    What ? Gini, I hope you have a good excuse... A travel to Madagascar is a good excuse, for instance... Other than that I can't see any. ;-)

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    Re: Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by Peter_P Online Now Apr 4, 2004 at 7:34 AM

    What about a Post-Election Meeting on the 13th...?

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    Re: Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by cadzand Online Now Apr 4, 2004 at 7:40 AM

    I'm involved in a WE with the tamalous...... but not in Madagascar.... an other snif snif....

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    Re: Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by Norali Online Now Apr 4, 2004 at 7:53 AM

    **Post-election meeting** is that a safe time for meeting ? LoL **With the tamalous** I din't recall it was during that time. Meeting tamalous in Madagascar, interesting but time-consuming (their chatting :))), I guess. The youngs are much more interesting.

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    Re: Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by B_Caro Online Now Apr 4, 2004 at 9:25 AM

    June 27th is fine for me. Count me in. Caroline

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    Re: Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by Mahieu Online Now Apr 4, 2004 at 12:18 PM

    June 27th ok for me! 20th ok for me too! 13th not possible unfortunately

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    Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by benidormone Online Now Apr 5, 2004 at 8:56 PM

    Hi, would like to come to the meeting to the 20 or 27 June is ok. So count me in.

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    Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by Helga67 Online Now Apr 6, 2004 at 3:33 AM

    I'm sorry, but in the weekend of 27 June I'm not available. Helga.

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    Re: Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by irisbe Online Now Apr 6, 2004 at 10:59 PM

    I add me here on the forum to be kept informed. If I have no plans I might join, but it is early to tell.

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    Re: Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by myriam_c Online Now Apr 7, 2004 at 12:25 AM

    For all of us coming from around Antwerp (that includes you, Caroline!!), could we make arrangements to drive together? I've seen that by train it will take over 2 hours on a Sunday. I will gladly drive but I prefer some company. Of course, if y'all prefer to go by train, I'll do that too.

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    Re: Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by B_Caro Online Now Apr 7, 2004 at 5:58 AM

    Hi Myriam, That's fine for me if we could make some arrangements to travel together. It seems that some of us will come from around Antwerp)

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    Re: Re: VT meeting - Discovering Tournai ?

    by benidormone Online Now Apr 7, 2004 at 7:47 AM

    Hi miriam, if possible we would like to go with you by car. That would be easier. We live in the center of Antwerp. Let me know what you think.

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