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We have returned home now, but as I am now over 60, it takes me a little while to get things done. That's my excuse anyway.
So here is our Belgium experience !
We boarded the Eurostar in Paris for our 2 hour journey through Brussels into Bruges. Bruges is in the north of the country near Oostend on the coast and is truly delightful. We stayed in the historical centre and it reminded us of Venice, just smaller ...
... our first
impression was dropping off our bags in the old auditorium which had the
familiar smell of stale beer and damp but also had a floor covered in
mattresses (oh god!).
Dumping our bags we set off around the small city to take in the sights, luckily there
aren't a huge amount as we were pretty hungry. Finding a sunny spot on the main
square we enjoyed another local dish and another local beer, this time it was
the Kwak ...
A wonderful breakfast was brought to our room at 8:30 this morning. Perfectly cooked Soft boiled egg, fresh yogurt with lovely jams, croissants, cheese and ham. Wonderful French pressed coffee and Belgian hot chocolate, hot milk poured over a cube of chocolate on a stick. Left the room by moon, went to a wonderful yarn store that had yarn cross stitch pillows that we both bought. Stopped at ...
... It has the history and charm of Bruges, but also more character and atmosphere. And less tourists. I stayed with my friend Aline, who I met in Paris. She had pleaded with me to check out Ghent, so I made a detour there and stayed with her and her flatmates. They were a really cool bunch. Very laidback and made me feel at home. Belgians tend to be very friendly - a down-to-earth nature that may be explained by its lack of military, economic ...
... cream, garlic, chilis, etc. and are delicious. We also got the usual french fries and mayonaisse,. Belgium has more than 1000 beers but the most amazing fact is that each beer has its own distinctive glass that it has to be served in. I tried the kind that comes in a long globe like glass that sits on a wooden stand. It was okay but I am not a beer ...