|Loaf of white bread||$2.03|
|Utilities (Electricity, Heating, ...) for medium apartment||$203.39|
|1 Summer dress in a chain store||$33.90|
|Milk (1 liter)||$0.68|
|Combo meal at McDonalds||$14.78|
Binche is a municipality in the Belgian Walloon region that belongs to the Hainaut province. It lies on a hill and is still surrounded by 12th century fortifications and distinctive medieval city wall which has as many as 27 towers. It boasts of a fine town square comprising a Renaissance-style Town Hall and also a belfry. The Charleroi Brussels South airport is closest to the town at a distance of barely 20.8 km from its center.
The Town Hall came up in the latter half of the 14th century but was renovated by Jacques de Broeucq in the 16th century. The town’s fortifications were partly pulled down in the year 1545 in order to facilitate the construction of a palace for Mary of Hungary, who was then the regent of Netherlands. Avail cheap flights to Binche and spend a joyous holiday here, discovering the historical roots and significance of the place.
Though it is presently the hub of confectionery and fashion industries, it is renowned for its carnival which is a four day long affair that culminates in the Mardi Gras Parade. This quiet and peaceful town is thronged by thousands of passionate onlookers on that day. This event is listed by UNESCO as the Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in Northwest Europe. The carnival of Binche showcases different costumes and masks.
The Gilles are dressed in Belgian national colors, sporting white ostrich feathers and also wooden clogs. The Gilles are seen stomping around and happily pelting oranges at the cheering crowd. The celebrations are in full swing all day long and culminate with a light parade late in the evening. The cheerful crowd then indulges in dancing around bonfires. The Carnival is good enough temptation for you to avail cheap flights to Binche and stay in one of the plentiful hotels in Binche.
Discover the fascinating and wonderful world of masks at the International Carnival & Mask Museum that exhibits a wide array of impressive masks, disguises and also costumes from different parts of the world. The Galio-Roman Museum at Waurdez is worth a visit for its diverse collection, demonstrating social stratification during Iron Age. The museum’s core collection comprising architectural fragments, pans, plates, dishes and jewelry demonstrate the emergence of Roman culture at the start of the Christian era.