Parking was no problem, as the underground car park in the centre of town was only half full. We started out doing some shopping for my mother ... and got lost. Well, you can't really get lost in Leuven as the town isn't all that big, but the street I was looking for wasn't where I remembered it to be. You may recall that I attended secondary school in Leuven. At the time I knew the town like my mother's back yard, but that's almost 40 years ago ...
Finally, with the help of a town map and a friendly local resident, we found the street and the shop we were looking for. I didn't take any photos of this part of our trip as we were too busy chatting and getting back on track. We also did a lot of window shopping - lèche-vitrines in French. It was great fun. I ended up buying one item that was not on my initial shopping list: a multi-coloured top with a geometrical design which will be perfect with a recently acquired green cardigan.
By then it was almost noon and time for an aperitif on a sidewalk terrace in the sun. But first I wanted to show F. the statue of Fonske. Here it is.
'Fonske' or 'Fons Sapientiae' as he his officially called, was a gift from Leuven's University to the city of Leuven to commemorate the 550the anniversary (1425 -1975) of the Catholic University of Leuven. 'Fons Sapientiae' means 'Source of Wisdom' and shows a student pouring water into his head while reading a book, the water representing the wisdom he's acquiring. This interpretation however is different from the artists initial intention, which was a student drinking too much beer and reading about the effect it had on him. After a protest from the Students' Association which didn't appreciate the fact that all students were depicted as beer drinking rascals, the town council came up with the new, more dignified explanation.
Here's a closer look of Fonske. 1975, the year in which he was inaugurated, I left Leuven to continue my education in Brussels ... So Fonske and I have never been properly introduced!