Ibis Leuven Centrum
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... in Ottignies.
Louvain-la-Neuve is a purpose built university town created in 1968 when violent protests in Leuven forced the French portion of Leuven University to leave town and create their own campus (literally "the new Leuven").
The Herge Museum was incredibly good, even for someone who has never read a Tin Tin comic, and took us almost 2 hours to go ...
(For those younger than 50, the title is a reference to the 1969 movie 'If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium'.)
We spent our last morning in Brugge visiting 3 different attractions relating to religion, faith, and God:
1) Museum of the Basilica of the Holy Blood
- This is a double chapel consisting of the Romanesque Church of Saint Basil (1139-1149) on the ground floor and ...
... and was giving me some detailed instructions about where I should catch the bus and kept showing me where I was on the map. Little did he know that I am a map reading expert and didn't need his advice (which was mainly incorrect!) Anyway, we did have a reasonably nice chat but I was feeling a bit tired.
Finally I was able to escape and I was able to have a lie down. 3 hours later I woke up not feeling too great. It was 6pm by this time and it then took ...
We made it to Brussels this morning and met up with my old roommate Catie and her husband Sky! It was wonderful to see them! They're living in Brussels for a year, so they showed us around the city. We saw the Grote Markt, got a great view of the city from a parking deck, saw the famous peeing baby statue, ate yummy frites and a Belgian waffle, as well as drank Belgian beer! It was a great day ...
... one up from a shop and drank it while walking around too. We made it to the famous manneken pis statue, took some pics and then walked back to the main square. We were surprised by a neat light show that took place on the main palace building of the square. After that we went to a cool tavern for another drink and were sent off to bed full of chocolate and beer! Aaron awoke with some bad heart burn in the middle of the night ( not a good idea to chug a beer on a full stomach ...