Follow-up: Oh those Belgians!


Belgian 2 Euro coin

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In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human rights, Belgium minted a special €2 in 2008, as pictured above.

On the obverse of the coin, the country name is written in its three national languages, Dutch, French, and German. However, so as to not offend anyone’s language choice, and thus not impede on anyone’s human rights, the coin designer decided to include a single logo commemorating the anniversary with the English phrase “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.

How apropos!

Snow blocks thousands in Vannes!


Snowy Vannes

Ah, yes it’s that time again, when snow falls and nobody is prepared. Take Vannes for example: we’ve had an impressive inch-and-a-half of snow since Sunday and streets and sidewalks are still covered. I even got a cancellation email today because someone is “blocked” by the snow. Seriously?

All this because someone forgot that you put salt down before it snows, rather than gravel down after it snows. Oh well!

Bastille Day


Flag of Vannes in Bastille Day Parade

It’s Bastille Day (14 July) here in France, and the town is abuzz with national spirit.

This morning, I was awakened by the sound of a band playing La Marseillaise, the French national anthem.  And yesterday, a parade went by on the street outside my window, featuring costumes traditional of French royalty and Breton customs; there was even a bagpipe band.