Dear members and supporters of Atina and the Valle di Comino,


It was under spring weather, end of October, that the attractive city of Louvain brought us together. The starting point being a renowned pizzeria in an alley a few steps from the historical center and something remarkable for a clan with Italian origins, everyone was on time!


Pizza for the people, and Rana fisherman of the day for Pierina and Thierry.

Warm welcome, quality lunch, nice place, but to find a menu with prices as affordable as in Atina, we'll have to search for another place.

Let's underline the easy use of cutlery by Benoit, perked up with a brand new carpal tunnel!


It was in light clothing that around 3:00 p.m. we moved to the second meeting point, joined by Manu and Francesco, on the Grand Place in Louvain for a furtive meeting with the association ‘La Dante di Lovanio’.

The Società Dante Alighieri di Leuven ( is part of the worldwide cultural organization Società Dante Alighieri. The aim is to spread the Italian language and culture through conferences, films, concerts, guided tours, a book club, gastronomic themed evenings and exhibitions. Thanks to Tiziana and Dorinda, our hostesses for the day who will be happy to share these future events with Euratina.

Barely time to cool off in the market square (Giuseppe being forced to siphon off his Leffe in 32 seconds) than our final meeting point was already looming with our guide.

Not Nathalie on the red square but Mr. Janssen in front of the town hall.


It was an academic visit of almost two hours allowing us to contemplate the Brabant Gothic architecture of the city but also to discover certain paintings of the famous Flemish primitives within the majestic Saint Peter church.


I inform you that after Michelle Prouteau, heir in direct line to the kingdom of the Duke of Anjou, another member with noble and crowned origins, in the person of Thierry, is in the ranks of Euratina.


Great-grandson of the tutor of Charles-Quint, sole pope of the Netherlands and professor/rector at the University of Louvain in the 14th century.


Torn between my little boy's desire to do some shopping before the stores close, an urgent desire for Madame and a movie plan with a tall blonde and a short brunette for my twins, the goodbyes were brief but sincere.


I would like to thank each of you for your presence. A special nod to Viviane and Michel.


The next meeting, if you feel like it, could be in Paris? But that will be for a next adventure.





Meeting between Euratina members in Belgium.


Thank you to the brave people who faced autumnal weather with a sky so gray that a duck hanged itself.

To take shelter, nothing like a descent into the bowels of our good old earth.


The Blegny mining site is a living witness to an obsolete industrial era.

Listed as World Heritage by Unesco! But not only.

It is also a place of memory that reminds us of the incredible, almost inhuman conditions that our minor grandparents had to face.


Swipnig a deep blue Italian sky and a hot climate for a life of hell in the hart of a country in search of labor.

A disproportionate deal:

"The breath of life for a little black gold."

We have all felt the weight of this suffering. This visit was a symbolic meeting to pay tribute to a generation of black guys from the south.


The day continued with a warm 'pranzo' at an Italian in the center of Liège.

The pleasures of the table are part of the traditions. That statement is valid for all those who carry Atina a little bit in the heart.


Thanks to Sandra for the organization, thanks to Ben and Michelle, thanks to the Treasurer and his little princess. Thanks to Pierina and her other half, thanks to Viviane and her lover!


See you next time for new adventures!