Touring Leuven

Today we went on a bike tour on the bikes that we rented yesterday to learn the route to the classroom.

Arriving at Velo (place to rent bikes)

Arriving at Velo (place to rent bikes)

On the Bicycle Tour

On the Bicycle Tour

We stopped along a few places along the way to learn a bit about the surroundings including the castle below.

By the castle that is now used as an administrative building by the University

By the castle that is now used as an administrative building by the University

Once the bike tour was over we came back to our rooms to lock up our bikes.  A few of my friends and I took advantage of the little time we had to go to a mini market to buy some bottled water to keep in the room.  I bought a six-pack of 1.5 liter bottles; hopefully, that’ll last me a while because carrying those back to the room in my backpack wasn’t too much fun.  After that, we stopped to eat at Il Pastio.  I had a simple spaghetti plate called Spaghetti Bolognaise.  It was absolutely delicious.  Best spaghetti I’ve ever had!

Awesome Spaghetti and Still Water

Awesome Spaghetti and Still Water

We then met up with a tour guide at the town hall for a two-hour walking tour.  It was very interesting and informative.  Leuven has many beautiful buildings that have a lot of history behind them.

Town Hall

City Hall

This building is very symbolic in its design.  The different levels of statues represent important figures such as professors and biblical people.  The higher they are the more important. This building survived both wars since it was used by the Germans as their headquarters while most other historic building were burned down including the school library.  When the library was burned down, the Americans were enraged and decided to give donations for a new one shown below.  This library is also very symbolic in its design and includes a lot of homage to the American people including the eagle and names of different institutions engraved on the pillars.

University Library

University Library

The twelve stars on the four sides of the tower enlarged below represent the forty-eight American states (excluding Hawaii and Alaska at the time).

Stars

Stars

The picture below shows the Hooverplein named after Herbert Hoover who was president at the time the library was donated.  This area is located just beside the library.

Hoover Plane

Hooverplein

There’s so much to share.  But, I think that I will turn in for now!  I have class early tomorrow.

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2 comments on “Touring Leuven

  1. Wow! Looks like an amazing trip!

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