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Belgian Village #1: Walking Around

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I couldn't help but marvel at this largest international exhibit at the fair. Although it was a major photographic effort of mine, it still only captured part of the external charms of the 1800s village with its 100 houses and its cobblestone streets.

Also included as an AUDIO file of the Belgian Village Promo.

This is the first of three posts.

 

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The Village looms in the distance, past the Lithuanian Wayside Shrine in the Garden of Meditation.

 

 

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This was no toy village, but a huge life-sized walled town on four acres of land.

 

 

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Restaurants, beer halls, shops and cultural displays were everywhere.

 

 

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Signs of the various craft guilds hung over the crowd.

 

 

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Colorful electric lamps were everywhere, to light up the nights.

 

 

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City Hall dominates this plaza, with an underground, 1500 seat rathskeller. (Guess what that little image is on the bent pole atop the spire!)

 

 

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Lots of cobble-stoned nooks and arches.

 

 

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Some of the streets were on shallow hills.

 

 

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Boom! (I think.)

 

Belgian Village Promo.mp3

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I remember the Belgian Village was on the "must see" list of many people.  My family had a meal there but there was far too much to see in the time we were at the Fair.  What a shame it could not have been preserved.  

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It's still hard to believe that this was in Queens and not the real thing.

The 1964-65 village was almost a carbon copy of the one at the 1933-34 Chicago fair. They used many of the same blueprints and molds.

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It's amazing that this was only open for barely a year and then they tore it all down. What a waste!

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I'm enjoying the pictures.... and what appears in #6, is a life-size baby giraffe soaking in the sights and sounds. :-o

They sold these things at the fair?

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Looks like nobody took up my little quiz under picture #7. Probably it was too easy to even comment on.  :unsure: 

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Your clue for today is the phrase "Black Shuck". :)

Here is a 1965 zoom-in of the weathervane on top of the Belgian Village's City Hall.

 

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An example from England, for comparison:

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Congratulations on your efforts, Craig and Randy! Unless there's some other, strange kind of animal in Belgium, I'd bet it is a running fox. The tail says it all. Tally ho!

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