Trip to Antwerp and Ghent

                  This time I travelled to the northern region of Belgium, where people mainly speak Dutch.

From Luxembourg it took me about 4 hours by train. I arrived to the beautiful Antwerpen Central, or I would rather say a magnificent train station.
I stayed in Antwerp for two nights (Boomerang Hostel Anverres) and visited Ghent for a day.
I bought a De Lijn pass for ten trips (€15), valid for both cities.
Tip: buy your tram or bus ticket in a point of pre-sale (newsagent’s, supermarket, the vending machines at the various stops or in the visitor centres of Visit Antwerp), where tickets are cheaper.
Of course, if you want to know specific details about Antwerp or Ghent, you can Google it all. Here I write some of my impressions and include some pics. 
One thing I really liked about Antwerp is that you can find brick constructions everywhere. Bershem, a southern district of Antwerp, was my favourite spot. As an architecture-minded traveller, I got to Cogels-Osylei street by following the recommendation of Alessandro, a staff member from the hostel. I was really glad I did. Bershem hosts a high concentration of Art Nouveau and other fin-de-siècle style townhouses, many built between 1894 and 1906. Other streets of interest are Transvaalstraat, and Waterloostraat.  
Añadir leyenda
The port of Antwerp saw thousands of people leaving Europe in order to migrate to the continent of America (either US, Brazil or Argentina). It was a gateway to the New World...

Antwerp people love eating and drinking and like to take the time to do so. Of course, Flemish cuisine has a strong Dutch influence. 
The first night, as I was exhausted of wandering around, I just had the typical “friture” from Belgium, but even the small portion was too big for me. I could not finish it. 
Belgian beers are world-famous, and Antwerp is an excellent place to improve your acquaintance with them. Although I prefer wine, I had one brewed beer. 
Green spaces here and there.
Antwerp is the capital of diamonds. The Antwerp diamond district is located near the Central Railway Station.  Some people travel there just to buy these precious stones.  

Before leaving Antwerp, we visited Sint Anna Tunnel, another suggestion from Alessandro (B. H. A.). “A piece of living history in the heart of Antwerp”, you can still access the tunnel using the authentic wooden escalators which were unique at the opening, back in 1933. Even today, the entrance buildings are still pretty much intact, from the warning signs through to the fences.
Photographers and directors come to shoot video clips.
It takes 55´ to get from Antwerp C. Station to Ghent Sint Pieters (5 stations). There I took Tram 1 and got off at Gravensteen. Actually, there are 2 train stations in Ghent: Gent-Sint-Pieters is “the big” station. The other one is Gent-Dampoort. For you to have an idea of distances, these are some train rides from Ghent: Brugges - 30´, Brussels - 35´, Mechelen - 45´, Antwerp - 55´ (I did this one), Leuven - 1 h, Lille - 1h 15´, Charleroi - 1h 35´, Namur- 1h 50´, The Hague - 3h, Utrecht 3h 15´, Nijmegen 3h 25´. 
Medieval streets: I have read that until the 1980´s, the area of town called Patershol was well known for the hookers, thieves and other outcasts living there. 
Nowadays it is a very charming and peaceful area in town, with protected 16th century monuments and fancy restaurants. 
Tip: In Ghent you have to pay attention to cyclists and to trams. Locals are called Gentenaars

In the historic centre of Ghent I had lunch at “Le Petit Botanique”. This restaurant prepares one dish everyday (both veggie and meat option) which is made from locally sourced agriculture. They have a commitment to supporting fair labor practices. The food is fresh and very tasty. 

Corina Moscovich

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Receta de dulce de leche con leche condensada

Cómo hacer dulce de leche con leche condensada
Se necesita:
1 lata de leche condensada azucarada (Lait concentré sucré)
1 olla

1-Retirar papel de alrededor de la lata.
2-Colocar en la olla agua suficiente como para que la lata esté cubierta casi hasta el tope. Ojo, la parte superior de la lata no debe estar cubierta por el agua.
3-Dejar hervir por al menos 2 horas. Controlar y agregar agua para que la lata esté siempre cubierta casi hasta el tope.

4-Antes de abrir, dejar enfriar.
Corina Moscovich


Wine Tasting (dégustation de vins) Foire aux Vins D´Automne 2017

Being a member of Blogger_LU allows me to participate in some cool events related to Luxembourgish culture. This time, thanks to an invitation of C. Baustert and S. Morle (both working at Auchan Retail Luxembourg) I went to a Wine Tasting (dégustation de vins)

Le dossier de presse pour la Foire aux Vins D´Automne 2017 montrait «un assortiment de vins français qui répond aux attentes des clients passionnés et amateurs au meilleur rapport qualité/prix». 
Sur la photo l´équipe Cave Y. Wolff, M. Menoncin, O.r Pêcheux, P. Chamel en compagnie de C. Mazard.
Remember: La Foire aux Vins D´Automne 2017 takes place from September 20th until October, 3rd.
Bee Famous is a common brand of organic wines. This brand is “convinced of the importance of terroir, vineyards and environment protection and aware of growing demand from consumers for organic wines.” Their goal is to rise awareness of the essential role of bees as well as the fragile balance of their existence which need the preservation of an environment in favour of their development. Within the French geography: AOP Côtes du Rhône Villages Sablet & Plan de Dieu, Costières de Nimes and Languedoc and in IGP Coteaux du Pont du Gard & Cévennes.

Corina Moscovich

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French regular verbs conjugation (comparison with Spanish)

In French, like in Spanish, there are three conjugations of regular verbs. The conjugation that a verb belongs to is determined by the ending of the infinitive. Aimer is an -er verb, Finir is an -ir verb, Rendre is an -re verb (For Spanish, we can think of Amar as an -ar verb, Comer as an -er verb, Vivir as an -ir verb.) Apart from some minor variations to do with pronunciation, the stem of regular verbs does not change.
Each of these verbs (Aimer, Finir, Rendre) has its own set of endings for the various tenses and within the tenses. As in Spanish, the part of the infinitive verb that precedes the ending is called the stem. Although it is easier to identify the stem in regular verbs (before -er, -ir, -re), most irregular verbs also have an identifiable stem in the infinitive.
Within each tense, the verb has 6 forms, according to the subject of the verb: je, tu, il/elle in the singular and nous, vous, and ils/elles in the plural. These are referred to as the 1st, 2nd, 3rd person singular and the 1st, 2nd, 3rd person plural. The impersonal pronoun on is also third person singular.
The verb changes its form within a tense according to the person.

Présent (present)
tu aimes
il aime
nous aimons
vous aimez
ils aiment

Je finis
tu finis
il finit
nous finissons
vous finissez
ils finissent

Je rends
tu rends
il rend
nous rendons
vous rendez
ils rendent
Futur (future)
tu aimeras
il aimera
nous aimerons
vous aimerez
ils aimeront

Je finirai
tu finiras
il finira
nous finirons
vous finirez
ils finiront

Je rendrai
tu rendras
il rendra
nous rendrons
vous rendrez
ils rendront
Imparfait (imperfect)
tu aimais
il/elle aimait
nous aimions
vous aimiez
ils/elles aimaient

Je finissais
tu finissais
il/elle finissait
nous finissions
vous finissiez
ils/elles finissaient

Je rendais
tu rendais
il/elle rendait
nous rendions
vous rendiez
ils/elles rendaient
Passé composé (perfect)
j’ai aimé
tu as aimé
il a aimé
nous avons aimé
vous avez aimé
ils ont aimé

j’ai fini
tu as fini
il a fini
nous avons fini
vous avez fini
ils ont fini

j'ai rendu
tu as rendu
il a rendu
nous avons rendu
vous avez rendu
ils ont rendu
Passé simple (Past historic)
j' aimai
tu aimas
il/elle aima
nous aimâmes
vous aimâtes
ils/elles aimèrent

Je finis
tu finis
il finit
nous finîmes
vous finîtes
ils finirent

Je rendis
tu rendis
il rendit
nous rendîmes
vous rendîtes
ils rendirent
Présent Conditionnel (Conditional)
tu aimerais
il aimerait
nous aimerions
vous aimeriez
ils aimeraient

je finirais
tu finirais
il finirait
nous finirions
vous finiriez
ils finiraient

je rendrais
tu rendrais
il rendrait
nous rendrions
vous rendriez
ils rendraient
Présent subjonctif (Present subjunctive)
(que) j'aime
(que) tu aimes
(qu') il aime
(que) nous aimions
(que) vous aimiez
(qu') ils aiment

(que) je finisse
(que) tu finisses
(qu’) il finisse
(que) nous finissions
(que) vous finissiez
(qu’) ils finissent

(que) je rende
(que) tu rendes
(qu') il rende
(que) nous rendions
(que) vous rendiez
(qu') ils rendent
Présent imparfait (Imperfect subjunctive)
(que) j'aimasse
(que) tu aimasses
(qu') il aimât
(que) nous aimassions
(que) vous aimassiez
(qu') ils aimassent

(que) je finisse
(que) tu finisses
(qu’) il finît
(que) nous finissions
(que) vous finissiez
(qu’) ils finissent

(que) je rendisse
(que) tu rendisses
(qu') il rendît
(que) nous rendissions
(que) vous rendissiez
(qu') ils rendissent

Aimer, Finir, Rendre are all regular verbs. Each of them conjugates with avoir in compound tenses.
Present participle: aimant/ finissant/ rendant. Past participle: aimé/ fini/ rendu.

All the pictures were taken in Luxembourg city (Grund, Clausen, etc) and Belval. 

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Corina Moscovich