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... driving has happened for a while. However, every day we see an improvement.
We crossed into Germany west of Dusseldorf, avoiding the big, industrialised cities, and headed for the beautiful rural, and forested areas. We tracked the mighty Rhein, staying in Wesel, where I did some biking. Dedicated bike paths abound in Germany. It was here we had to have the brake shoes and slave cylinders replaced on the van. Another slight holdup. Since then we have visited ...
What a day! We were up earlier than we'd have liked after a late night but got showered and breakfasted and on our way to the bus stop. We'd just missed a bus so went to Concordia for a coffee. Prego was very excited but didn't much rate the 25 min bus journey! Almost as soon as we got off the bus, it started raining. Then it started hailing. Then back to rain which got heavier and heavier... Typical! But we pushed on and reached the ...
... for the TGV high speed line from paris to lille (which is on the way to bruges). The high speed rail tickets are like plane reservations; you generally need to make them weeks or months in advance and they are quite expensive. But somehow, with my global pass, I was able to get a ticket for one 15 minutes before it departed for 9 euros (usually they can go for around 100).
Got on the train. Didn't think to get the type or take a photo of it but it ...
... waffles so much because it was actually small enough to see most of it in just a few days. It was overall very charming. Each night we would check out the canals and climb the windmills.
It truly was gorgeous, with medieval churches still standing and swans swimming in the tree-lined canals.
My favorite part was ...
Today, we went to Brugge. Google maps said it would take 2 and a half hours, but it really takes a little over 3 hours!
The city center is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is a canal based city like Amsterdam and is sometimes referred to as the Venice as the North. Brugge is the perfect postcard city as it canals are beautiful and it has most of its medieval architecture intact.
Instead of going from museum to museum, we did a bunch of ...