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... all along the nave showing the life of St. Francis (I'm assuming St. Francis Xavier, given this was a Jesuit church, and the fact that I've never heard of St. Francis of Assisi going to Japan).
Right down the road was the cathedral, which like all tall buildings in Europe posed a challenge for my photography skills. After a bit a breather in the shade, we ambled around the main square before heading for lunch at a small cafe/restaurant with ...
... quite a lot of ice cream in my time!) The 2 hour tour went for over three hours!! and visited most of the same places we had done that morning so in total Paul and I walked and Ben hobbled around on his sore foot for over 5.5hours! (Surely this balances our the Frites, Beer, Waffles and Ice Cream, right??) Our guide was really informative and we got a lot out of it. But after the tour we had to catch a bus back to the hotel so Paul could pack up ...
... over at
Singapore - the airport there is amazing.
It took us 15 mins just to get across the terminal from our landing gate
to our departure gate. Again the plane
left on time. We arrived at sunrise
(about 6.00 am) in Helsinki, Finland.
What an amazing touch down with snow everywhere. Yep first time to see actual snow! The city was covered in it and the runways
were cleared with snow ploughs. We had a
2 hour stop over - the airport ...
... a very nice man from Portugal named Pedro. The three of us went off on the town that evening, doing the equivelant of bar-hopping here in the states. Let me tell you guys, the beer is the best part of Belgium, and they live up to their expectations. I've tried fruity beers, cheese beers, ginger beers, the king of beers and a dozen others. Delish
I have yet to try the infamous Belgian waffle, but it will be taken care of, ...
... courtesy of the Chief Engineer and a fire drill this afternoon with a make believe fire and casualty in the engine room. We were observers for the main part but from the deck. We had first hand experience of the emergency generator being fired up (made by Caterpillar – it is about 2 metres high and 3 metres long, so a chunky bit of kit) and it makes quite a racket when you are standing beside it.
As you can see, we have had quite a day today ...