The 38th Euro CC rally was held this year in Tournai, a large town in Belgium, and began on Thursday 21st May.

The whole rally had been arranged by just 2 Belgium motorhome clubs, and organising a rally for over 500 motorhomes, with over a thousand people, from 9 different countries, speaking 8 different languages, and belonging to 34 different clubs cannot be easy, but they did a magnificent job, and although they had not been able to arrange electric, all other facilities were provided on site.

We arrived in Tournai at 2 pm on the Thursday, and were parked with all the other British motorhomes, from the SERG club. The site was a large area of flat grassland just a 10 minute walk from the town centre, and after exploring the surrounding area, wine and food was provided for all us Brits by our club, then at 6 it was over to a giant marquee that was big enough to hold everyone at the rally, for a welcome meet and free drinks which was very nice.

We were also given free tickets allowing us to visit some of the many attractions and museums in Tournai at our leisure, this marquee was open every night with music, fries, and drink.

Holland 2015 367 800x600Tournai is a very old town with many beautiful buildings, the best of which is the magnificent cathedral of Notre-Dame, which we visited on Friday. For the past 3 years it has been undergoing renovation, but is now nearing completion, we were also allowed to climb to the top of the belfry, for some stunning views of Tournai and its surroundings.

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On the Saturday we were treated by the Luxembourg motorhome club to a feast of nibbles and an interesting strong fruit spirit made with "Mirabells"  a yellow plumb like fruit, then on to a touristic train and taken on a trip round Tournai  seeing all the "hidden" sights.

 

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Sunday was a free day to do whatever you wished, but at 7 everyone gathered in the marquee for a superb 4 course meal with wine and music.

 

 

 

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The closing ceremony of the rally was held on Monday morning, with much parading and singing by all 34 clubs, with banners waving and many speeches made, including the announcement that it is hoped that next years Euro CC rally will be held in Athens.

 

The Tournai rally was a great success and the Belgium clubs who organised it should be congratulated on what they achieved. 

 

Along with everyone else we were all packed up and driving away by 1 pm, with us Brits heading  to the town of Aywaille, this was the first of our 3 prolongation venues each of which we were to stay at for 2 days but more about these in the next.

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