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... a drive through Antwerp and Ghent), but she also told us our hotel was in the middle of an overpass. Not helpful, Jane. We ended up going to city center and finding a tourist info desk to ask for directions. Turns out, our hotel was practically impossible to find. But never fear, we did eventually track it down, and it wasn't on the overpass. Our hotel is pretty fancy and has a restaurant. We ate dinner there last night and it was awesome! Well... I ...
... the boat for a scenic view of the city from the canal. The canals are Northern Europes version of Venice - more attractive sights to see. We alighted from the little boat and walked around for a while then stopped for a drink then back to our room until dinner. Dinner was yep you guessed the same place!! Another thoroughly enjoyable meal was devoured and off to bed as tomorrow was an early start for our journey to ...
... the train with our backpacks, not a seat to be found, we crammed ourselves into a cosy cavity near the toilet. At the next stop, our little spot filled with about eight jovial middle aged Italians. Eight. Jovial. Italians.
Arriving in Bruges we immediately felt more welcome than we did in Brussels as we made our way to our hotel through the beautiful tree lined canals and stone paved ...
... to the Jean Van Eyk
statue that was in the background of a famous shot of the movie In
Bruges. We wanted to recreate the shot as suggested by some but it turns
out the bench they were sitting on in the picture was too close to the canal
edge in order to reproduce it. They must have had a film crew on a barge
to take the shot.
From the Van Eyk statue we
ventured to the Basilica of the Holy Blood. The basilica is best known as
... and consolidated the remains into three or four larger cemeteries. All of the cemeteries, British and German, were once battlefields. Soldiers from both sides were buried more or less where they died.
We first stopped at a cemetery that commemorates John McRae, the army surgeon who wrote the famous poem "In Flanders Fields" after the death of a friend. It's a beautiful poem that gave rise to the wearing of poppies as a way to remember war dead. It sounds at first like ...