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... back to the hotel for another picnic.
Afterward we wen to an organ concert in a church close by. Fantastic. The last pierce was Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance. Remember that the end of this piece is the section of that English hymn-Land of Hope and Glory. The audience was invited to sing, and this Flemish audience sang in English with gusto! Fantastic! What a wonderful way to end the concert.
Back to the hotel and a good local Belgium beer to end the day.
... my stop, I approached the doors and waited for them to open...nothing happened. Then the train started to move again. I was so confused! On every other subway, the doors open at every stop. Outwardly I kept my cool, but inside I was a bit flustered. I am sure the locals on the train got a laugh watching me struggle with the door. By the next stop, I realized you have to physically open the doors yourself if you want to get off the train. ...
... red and white moon rocket from Tintin's lunar adventures and browsing the extensive book store. However, time was short, and the end of this year's European adventure was drawing nigh. Soon enough we boarded the plane from Charleroi and set foot on Swedish soil some two hours later.
*) Or maybe a pee's beam
**) And indeed the little boy's sister, presumably: Jeanneke Pis
***) Can I refrain from making a lame JCVD pun ...
... building and a 315 foot spire is in the center. The rest of the square is lined with the Maison du Roi, originally a home of Spanish monarchs; La Maison des Ducs de Brebant, a group of guild houses; and a bunch of gabled buildings, one of which used to be Victor Hugo’s home.
A few blocks past the Grand Place is a somewhat…odd…landmark. There is a small statue, known as the Manneken Pis, that ...
... had flared, but with a full stomach and some rest, we were all speaking to one another again. From there we went almost the entire way alongside a canal. There were fields with horses, ducks and ducklings all along the canal, lots of fisherman out on Sunday afternoon, and lots of people strolling the path and cycling. The cyclists range from young to old, novices to teams with matching jerseys. For the most part, the road ...