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... for our gourmet meals, tasted a couple of their 400 beers they produce, enjoyed their cafes and took a canal tour to learn a bit more about the city. It was occupied during the war but not bombed, so it had loads of old world charm.
One of their churches houses one of the 3 remaining statues of 'Madonna and Child", so we enjoyed the cafe on the street, while Helen popped in for a gander.
We also found a Haagen Daz ...
... br> Knowing that we weren't going to get much rest we decided to get our train and accommodation
for Amsterdam sorted and then head to the bar.
Thinking we had been spoiling ourselves a bit much we decided to start by donating to
charity and had a couple of trappers beers first up.
For the uninformed a trappers or trapiste beer is brewed by catholic monks, once
overheads and the monks living expenses are taken care of any profits ...
... a half chicken and salad at an outdoor cafe, it was very good. We continued our walk, decided to go have a gelato at DaVinci, yummy. We window shopped here and there, then decided to get some food at the market to bring back to the room for later. Watched the movie In Bruge! Pretty gruesome, but fun to see the sights that we just traveled through. Relaxed the rest of the evening. A big day tomorrow ...
... of the city from the ramparts at the top, and it even houses a torture museum, with torture devices and images on display. And the canals of the city are lined by historic churches, guildhalls and houses. Many of them have been left to age and crumble naturally, giving the city a much more authentic and natural feel than Bruges.
The final city I went to in Belgium was Antwerp, where I couchsurfed with Yannick. He had just ...
... next one 45 minutes later. The trains, however are great. Very much on time and warm.
We arrived an hour later and Jason had pre-loaded a walking tour map so we knew exactly where to go. It was pretty good and matched the information maps around the town. We crossed the main intersection and bridge and basically entered a museum. Canals, bridges, cobblestones, horse drawn carriages, trees and loads of really old, ...