Details for tomorrow: Weather 7°, cloudy, mostly dry
Upon arrival at Gare SNCB we will walk down Rue Royale towards the centre. Parades start at 14:30 at different places. Anyhow, the main events will be around the canal and the Grand Place.
We will keep moving but also have a drink / light lunch / snack somewhere on the way. It will be highly dependent on the weather how often we need to warm up….
We should not miss the release of the large number of Ballons at 17:00 and the events taking place at the Grand Place.
Exchange some phone numbers, the group may separate… Suggested meeting point: In front of Hotel Europe near the Grand Place.
The programme (in french): http://www.carnavaldetournai.be/carnaval-2016/le-programme/ ;
History and Carnival: Photoresk - the Brussels Photography going Tournay
Tournay, the 2nd oldest Town of Belgium (after Tongeren). The picturesque medieval city center. The beautiful market place, the the river Escaut ("Schelde" in Dutch), some UNESCO world heritage sites and -
Carnival? Yes, Carnival!
When nearly everywhere in the rest of the world the carnival season is over, the inner part of Tournai is closed for traffic to celebrate carnival. Probably a good idea to wait 'till spring and definitely something not to miss while in Belgium. Details about the carnival in Tournai can be found here (in french) http://www.carnavaldetournai.be/
There will be an parade starting at 14:30 at four different places heading towards the centre. This will be a fantastic opportunity to take great picture of Belgium habits ;) and the city.
We will take the train from Brussels central at 13:05 and return to Brussels at around 20:00. Meeting point is in front of Starbucks inside Gare Central.
Trains are leaving Brussels Gare Central hourly at x:16.
Return is also hourly at x:41 the last train from Tournai to Brussels is at 22:41.
The ride takes in either direction 1:03 hours, the SNCB return ticket (week-end) is around 14€