Hotel du Bassin
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We headed off to the Wellington Tunnels in Arras which ...
... paths were quite charming (other than trying to roll you suitcase over them - it which case it inspired creativity as we navigated the smoothest path to avoid our arms jostling out of their sockets). There are 12km of canals that weave through the town, which just add to the ambience. Locals tell us that Brugge is sometimes referred to as “little Venice of the North”.
We spent that ...
Peter and I had good fortune leaving Santiago. Two Belgians we had met on the trail -Patrick and Mark- were on the same flight to Brussels! Peter wasn't sure his hiking stick would be allowed on the plane but it was! Patrick and Mark helped us navigate the Brussels airport and then get down below it into the train station. They helped us get tickets and we were all on the same train. We has to switch once so it was really helpful to be with them as some of ...
... they are really popular at kid’s birthday parties, but if you see someone over the age of 6 eating a waffle, they’ll probably be a tourist. We likened it to a middle-aged man eating fairy bread. Joanna doesn’t mind the tourist stereotype though, and this information didn’t stop her from devouring another one or two!
It was interesting to learn the history behind why Bruges has so many swans. There was a man way back in the day ...
... stop just like my Millenium bunch :)
The ride back into Brugge went a different route through the countryside. We were told the interesting story and example (see photo) of how the saying "daylight robbery" came about. The government introduced window tax, the more windows you had the higher your taxes were. The people cried you are robbing us of our daylight as many could not afford to pay and bricked up ...