BOKRIJK --- OPEN AIR MUSEUM
"OPEN AIR MUSEUM"
Saturday, July 30, 2005
Hans and I, along with Johan and his lovely wife Wies, spent a wonderful day at BOKRIJK an OPEN AIR MUSEUM ( Het Openluchtmuseum ) located near Genk, Belgium.
In the 19th Century Open Air Museum, you can experience how Belgians of yesteryear lived, worked and what they did for relaxation and to pass the time.
Spreading over an area of more than 60 hectares, it is separated into three distinct areas - Kempen Village -- Haspengouw Village and East & West Flanders.
So come along with us and we will give you a tour of this place geared to the young and the young at heart!!
Although it looks like Hansie is in Jail, this was actually the CANDLE-MAKERS HOUSE. A Volunteer was inside, showing us how they made honey-comb candles. He had a thin sheet of bee's wax and cut it into two triangles. Then he inserted the long wick from top to bottom and then rolled it with his fingers until it became a cone-shaped candle which he claimed would burn for hours.
What is a community without a church. KAPEL ZEPPEREN is a lovely little stone building with plain windows and very tiny inside. Even a small cemetery was beside the church.