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2016/12/29 Mini Europe in Bruxelles
π 2016-12-29 00:00 in Belgium, Public
For our first day in Bruxelles, we went to check out Mini Europe because it looked fun. and it was. The only mistake is that we should have gone to see the Atomium first, before the line got stupidly long. I did get a few pictures Mini Europe from the Atomium, and those were nice:






sacre coeur
sacre coeur

And here are some pictures taken from inside:









nice model of centre george pompidou
nice model of centre george pompidou


sacre coeur
sacre coeur



pisa
pisa

venice
venice






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2016/12/26 Bruges' Choco Story and Bruxelles' Chocolate Village Museum
π 2016-12-26 00:00 in Belgium, Public
Belgium is obviously known for good chocolate, and they have lots of it. In both Bruges and Bruxelles, we went to see chocolate museums, which were both informative.

Let's start with Bruges' Choco Story. Sadly by the time we arrived there, it was 16:30, or 30mn from closing time. so we had to go through it quickly. Still, it gave a good overview of how cocoa beans were discovered, which birds ate them, and the complicated process to turn them into yummy chocolate :) (they also had a demo showing how to make a specific kind of chocolate):



pretty, that bird that eats the cocoa beans :)
pretty, that bird that eats the cocoa beans :)

the beans are colorful too
the beans are colorful too





Choco frites, really? :)
Choco frites, really? :)


all the reasons why chocolate is good for your health :)
all the reasons why chocolate is good for your health :)




yummy samples to try on the way out :)
yummy samples to try on the way out :)

A few days later, while in Bruxelles, we went to see the Chocolage Village Museum, which sure took its museum job seriously, and had even more displays:



fantastic model of the basilica
fantastic model of the basilica


atomium
atomium

They also had a place where wthey were growing real cocoa plants:


chocolate is easy
chocolate is easy

a 'mere' 15 steps...
a 'mere' 15 steps...

I quite enjoyed their poster and comics collection too:






you be a good boy and you get chocolate, simple :)
you be a good boy and you get chocolate, simple :)

2016/12/11 Visit of Black Chasm Cavern, in Volcano, CA, on SR88 on the way to Kirkwood
π 2016-12-11 00:00 in Public
After having gone to Kirkwood where the conditions were terrible, we left early since skiing ice was no fun at all. Arturo made the great suggestion of going to visit Black Chasm Cavern on the road back, just off SR88.

So let's be honest, it's far from being the best cavern I've visited in the US, however, it has a vast arrays of rare helictite crystals, which I had never seen anywhere else. Water pressure causes water droplets to be pushed out of the rock, evaporate, and leaves behind very unusual organic looking growths:














Good call Arturo, thank you (and thanks to Johannes for getting us there)


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