Chasing elephants....

06/09/2008

Liverpool has its giant spider, Antwerp has its elephant parade, comprising seventy elephants, which have been placed haphazardly around the city. On the daily school run, we encounter ten of them (even witnessed them being set up), and today, we tried to chase down another 22. The munchkin crawled under them, ran around them, and generally had a good time*.



The Elephant Parade is designed to draw attention to the plight of Asian elephants. Artists are asked to create an elephant, which is then auctioned off.

We then stopped for an ice tea and other delights at the Brasserie Populaire, which has always been a favourite, and navigated our way home through the masses, who were taking in the Liberation festivities in Antwerp's Grote Markt. Brassbands and uniforms galore.

Another pitstop at Fisk Boutique, for some Icelandic codcakes and salmon for dinner and the day imperceptibly drew to a peaceful close. Tomorrow, the munchkin and I will be braving the rain and wind on the annual street outing to the middle of nowhere. A 5-mile walk with a 4-year old. Oh, joy...

* Yes, that is me in the background screeching on my phone. Photo courtesy of SO.

4 messages:

Bun said...

Looks like you had fun! Weather also pretty awful here. Foul in fact...

Fresco said...

Oh, you've spotted the golden Côte d'Or elephant!

Jul said...

An interesting way of helping the elephant and drawing attention to them...

On another note, those statues are pretty interesting....I'd love to ride one.

Wildcard said...

They look nice. It already has been on the TV with several celebrities who helped making them (or painted them as I understood it)

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