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Travel Blogs from Lille
... I potentially forgot. No stress, apparently they accept Visa in Dubai too.
As could be expected, there are different challenges to overcome (current, past and future). First challenge is the suitcase. How many kilo's can I cram into a Samsonite? Based on experience, a lot apparently. I guess the most attention goes to my shirts - nicely ironed and folded - ...
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.
keep moving to try to keep warm but it didn’t help too much. We caught
the same bus back , but unfortunately it did not take the same route
back and therefor we missed the museum, but found ourselves back at the
train station and in desperate need of food, all that we found was a
little petrol station with chocolate and marshmallow biscuits and chips,
so with a feast in our hands we headed back wait for the next train.
It had ...
... whilst listening to jazz. I feel like it should have been wine but oh well. Monday I caught the bus to Brussels. I walked around the town and sampled chocolates, beer, waffles, and a Flemish stew. I also saw the peeing boy and girl statues! That night I went out on a beer tasting tour and the talked about the different levels of beer and how 6 Trappist beers are brewed in Belgium still. There are three main levels of Belgium beers, you have your main 4-5% mostly pilsner or ...
... bit smaller, the cobbled alleys and with the stereotypical cathedral that you just knew was going to be called Notre Dame. Checked out the museums and the big memorial where they do the ANZAC Day commemorations on the way home, then managed to return the hire car and its silly left sided steering wheel. Can't say I'm looking forward to renewing my rivalry with the round-abouts in Europe any time soon, they are ...