Saturday, July 4, 2009

America... Here we Were!

To day, July the fourth.... now 30 years ago we were at this place!

Probably you shall not recognize the place, it's a small village called Sweetwater. It's situated in the state Tennessee and it lies in the environment of Chattanooga and Knoxville.

There we experienced independence day with a real American parade! (see pictures)

I almost can't believe that it's already so long ago!

We made this trip to America with a special reason.

My husband had been in the U.S for the company he was working for and he was interested to emigrate to America!

I was not so keen at it because, we had bought only a few years before a property ( a penthouse). If we would move to the U.S then we had to leave everything behind! Therefore we made this trip to have a little fore taste of America!

First we flew to New York and with a rented car we drove to New Orleans. There we experienced hurricane Bob!

From there we took a plane to Los Angeles. Again we rented a car to drive to San Fransisco. From there we flew to New York and afterwards we flew back home to Europe. (I hope that you could follow this)! We visited many places, the whole tour took 32 days!

It was a very exciting experience and now it's still a beautiful memory!

Maybe ....I will write a post about this tour some day.

Because at that moment, there were still too many uncertainties and headaches, we decided not to emigrate. In fact we have never had regret of that decision because, starting all over in an other country is not always without risks and also, my husband had a good job here in Belgium!

He worked with much pleasure for this same company till his pension.

He had a beautiful career!

Now, we are sure that we made the right decision then and we are still happy to live in Belgium!

PS: The boy on the forefront is my son. Do you recognize me on the picture?


  1. Fran, I love the pictures and in a small town, you got a taste of what real America is like (or used to be!). You looked as beautiful then as you do now...and what a handsome son!

    I would never be able to live in another country. This is where my roots are. And all things seem to work out for the best in the end.

    I'm glad you had no reason to regret your decision to stay in Belgium.

  2. "I would never be able to live in another country. This is where my roots are"!
    Yes Jeannie, that's also what i think! Thank God that my husband took me into account! I would be as an uprooted tree which can no longer grow and dies slowly! As they say: there's no place like home!:)
    By the way, now i will read your new post thoroughly!
    After my husband read a part of it, do you know what he said! "Ha ha, two of a kind"! That second one is writing this!:):)

  3. Ha Ha! It's nice to know that I'm not alone! That's why we get along so well. :)

  4. Fran, I agree with Jeannie. You were just as beautiful then as now.

    What a great post!