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... amp; the train had more stops on stations. This was a single sided railway track, with fewer flowers, less birds to be seen, but more cows. We also saw a lady on the road with a poodle, a big dog n a donkey that had come out on a stroll- a funny & unusual thing to see. We reached Leige Guillemins on time and took a train to Ostende. Bruges was a 2 hour distance from Ostende. We noticed that on every journey, there would be a ticket checker to check out tickets ...
... tour in Belgium would be complete without introducing chocolate somewhere) and we watched as staff prepared chocolate (at least the tourist version), gave us a sample and then led us to the gift shop (surprise). But this was a chocolate shop, so I loaded up with chocolate powder mixed with Chinese style spices (yummy), white chocolate with fruit (I'm sure that's good for me), a box of chocolate Florentines (turned out not as nice as that sounds) and chocolate ...
... the waffle as we walked and were ridiculously tempted to buy another, but resisted. We’re definitely going back again.
At the end of the street, we looked down the road perpendicular to us and saw a grand copper-roofed building that was off the map. We decided to walk there to see what it was, but the walk there turned out to be an hour. Fortunately, the hike was worth it. A glorious park led to what we discovered was the largest basilica in ...
... but it was never completed due to a lack of funding. It's still an impressive church with a beautiful interior.
Next on the tour, the three towers of Gent. First is St. Nicholas' Church. This church was built in the 1200s and from some viewpoints I think it looks fake. It's just too perfect to be real! The inside is interesting in that the tower is not in the front, but above the crossing of the nave and transepts. The light shines ...
... around the corner from our hotel. We had a great dinner and sang a quiet 'Happy Birthday' to Lachlan over a dessert of creme brulee. It was really interesting to hear the kids reflect on their trip 'favourites' and what they are looking forward to when they get home.
We are now all packed up and ready for the arrival of the cab to the airport at 6:30 tomorrow morning. We can't believe that our journey is ending, but it will be nice to be home!