posts tagged with Belgium

Did You Know That Cars and Cows Had Many Things in Common?

fiat_engine.jpg First of all, their weight: depending on its breed, a cow can weigh up to more than one ton, just like a small car, and much more than our 650kg little Fiat 500! Another example is their life expectancy: a cow can live happily up to 20 years, just like a modern car has an average potential longevity of about 200000 miles (320000km), which is the mileage you can reach if you drive 10000 miles per year for 20 years. Actually, our Fiat 500 is turning 40 this year (happy birthday!) but it has only driven 90000 miles (145000 km) so far…

Back to the Future: When a Classic Car Goes Electric!

fiat_electric_blog.jpg I am the happy owner of a classic car: a 1973 Fiat 500, the car that most represents the Italian economic and social boom of the 1950s. The Fiat 500 is actually the first car I’ve ever driven, back when I was only 12 years old, on private roads of course!

Shelter from the Cold

...Looking back, it was a tough week; one in which the harsh weather added a layer of unfriendliness.

And yet, knowing that at least 40 more people had somewhere to rest offered a sense of warmth and comfort even the hostile weather couldn’t dissipate.

Keepsakes From Another Continent

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...Sixty seven years ago, Army Private First Class John Alfred D’Amore served in US armed forces in Belgium during WWII. During that time, he was in love with a woman, Rose Archie, who later became his wife. Fitting with his lastname D’Amore literally meaning “of love”, the young soldier carefully and secretly carried a keepsake box of photos and love letters from his fiancée Rose. As the ravages of war ensued, the keepsake box was lost but the soldier safely returned home to marry his sweetheart and build a family.

It was only this past June that the small wooden box was rediscovered by a woman cleaning an attic in the Ardennes region of Belgium and the adventure of finding its rightful owner began.

When FedEx Express stepped in to ensure the keepsake box arrived safely in the hands of John Alfred D’Amore, the surprise package was delivered in its rightful style-- hand delivered by FedEx couriers who are also US Veterans....[Read More]