Hotel Sabot d'Or
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Ostend, Belguim was a quick 2 night stopover on our way to Amsterdam.
It had a huge beach and a large esplanade with some cool orange art features.
It was empty of people and would be one of those places that come alive in summer.
We did a day trip to the nearby gorgeous city of Bruges.
This is a cool city centred around a couple of big plazas, lots of canals and pretty photo
... 8230;…and just our luck the World Cup was on once again that night. But even better? We were able to see if the Germans were going to be able to win their way into the World Cup final when we were going to be in BERLIN!!! How's that for timing!! Germany was playing against the home nation Brazil. What a game!! Within the first minutes Germany scored……then again….then again…then again….before we knew it, it was 5-0 by half ...
I arrive at the hostel to find two delightful Australians in my room who insist I join them for a Belgium beer tasting. Which of course I could not possibly turn down.
At the tasting I learn how the elaborate glasses Belgium beer is served in effect taste and enjoy some of the 8-14% strength Trapas beers.
A beer can only obtain the title of Trapas if it has been brewed by monks in a Belgium monistary and I am surprised ...
... the truckloads of tourists have departed from their day trips.
- Saw one of only a few Michelangelo sculptures to make it out of Italy at the Church of Our Lady.
- Conquered a mountain of Belgian fries lathered in stoverij, a traditional Flemish stew.
- Washed it down with Belgian waffles and beer, and wondered what Belgium's obesity rates are.
- Saw the oldest ruins in Bruges in the basement of ...
... while (I may have had a nap, I’m not sure). Nelson came with some afternoon tea which we didn’t expect – this was coffee and tea and a selection of sandwiches and cakes, very similar to what we had had in the cafe! Oops. At least we knew for the future. I decided to have a bath to warm up and sort my hair out as I felt a bit of a mess after being out in the rain. While I was in the bath, Nelson arrived with the canapés so Dean delivered them to ...