HI De Zandpoort Mechelen
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I decided I wouldn't head to Antwerp as I wasn't feeling in the mood for big cities as they are just too exhausting so I decided to visit Mechelen instead. It was still raining but this time I sensibly put on a coat. Again I parked right in the middle underneath the main square but there wasn't really much to look at. The square was pretty enough and there was a cathedral with a very tall square spire thing but the inside was ...
... it's a holiday in most of Europe, including Belgium. The signs pointing me in the right direction led to a section of the station that was completely closed off due to the holiday. Fortunately, I had looked at the route several times on Google Maps and managed to get to the hotel after a short walk.
We are staying at the Hotel Aris Grand Place and, mercifully, the lift is working. I'm only on the first floor, so even if I'd had to walk it would've been a doddle compared to ...
... a jockey - no idea what the occasion is though.
Apparently he has over 700 costumes and they are on display in the Brussels Museum in Grand Place. I went and had a look and there were some brilliant ones on show. Just about every country has donated a costume but I am ashamed to say that Australia has not. Poor show Australia - we need to immediately rectify this situation and send the poor lad some Bondi Rescue budgie smugglers!!
We had our second and last breakfast in Liege which was different but just as spectacular! This time we had something like French toast but less batter and around a section of breadstick accompanied by some lightly sautéed chopped apple. We had the usual muesli, delicious bread and home made jams. It may seem we are obsessed with food but it was a big step up from our usual fare.
We walked to the ...
I was relieved when we arrived at the platform and boarded the train. We could sleep for an hour and a half until our arrival in Paris. As I snapped a few photos of the French countryside, Suzie and Eunice were already dozing.
Because there was no direct train to Brussels from Amboise we had to make a transfer in Paris. Once we arrived, we took the subway from Austerlitz to Paris Nord. It seemed ...