Le Grand Hotel
Travel Blogs from Lille
... my racing bicycle with me. Took me 2h to take it apart and stick it in a big box; a box that can hardly fir into my car. I'm still hoping that they have some kind of hill in Dubai I can ride up.
But OK, I'm ready. The flight is booked and the count down has begun. A bit of stress and a ton of eager anticipation for the big unknown. Time to say goodbye to the loved ones.
I managed to fit in a quick day trip to Lens to see the Louvre outpost there and also connect with a doctoral student I met last summer. We met there, went to the Louvre, had lunch, and then walked to the top of one of "les terrils" and drank some champagne. It was a lovely day all around. I am fond of coal mining towns because of my own geneology. The town has preserved these large coal mountains as a reminder of the hard work and sacrifice of the coal miners.
... a day that had gone to plan at all, but I am very glad it got to experience it.
plan was to leave Bruges the next day and head into Germany, but we had
a problem, we could not find two beds in a hostel in Germany, everthing
was full. It was Saturday night and the Christmas markets are popular.
So after some stress and finding two beds at another hostel in Bruges we
decided to spend another night and hire some bikes to have a look
... be jealous. I walked along the harbour and unfortunately I missed the huge fish market but the building was impressive. Thursday I went to catch my bus up to Copenhagen and had my first German McDonalds meal, yes I avoid McDonalds and Starbucks but sometimes you have to cave. The bus ride was very eventful. We were 45 mins late to begin, then got stopped by the German police for passport checks and there were two people from Syria who did not have proper identification so they ...
... He refunded the 30 Euro we had spent on shuttles, gave us a free car upgrade and gave us an automatic car for the price of a manual.
Fair to say that this little error worked massively in our favor and we are again signing the praises of Enterprise car hire!
With a quick self guided lesson on driving a European car by completing 3 laps to attempt to exit the car park we were on our way! First stop Reims!
Ella & ...