A Day on the Canals - Day 26

Trip Start Apr 01, 2011
Trip End May 10, 2011

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Flag of Belgium  , East Flanders,
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Late start to the day...we all needed it.

Breakfast in the cafe downstairs.

Bern had best coffee east of the Pennines.
Her life is now complete.

Cruise on the canal In little boat that does go under the bridges but not by much.

Weather ridiculously fine, 22 degrees and slight breeze.

Terrific way to see the city with excellent commentary.

Early lunch in a little brassiere near the river and several shops that had a visit.

Visit to the Belfy, 91 meters of stairs and Medieval stones with a set of bells, mechanical clock and a fantastic view.

Gent is city of 3 towers and next one is St Bavo, a cathedral built over a couple of centuries with the most famous van Eyck painting north of the Peninnes the "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb".

The most ornate pulpit imaginable to man, all marble and Spanish oak and is so distracting you could't follow what was being said if you tried.

Incredible church with more side altars than you can point a stick at.

Although we suspect that the one with the vacuum cleaner in it wasn't to St Hoover.

Down to Castle of Gerald the Devil which over it's history appears to have been one of everything, seminary, armoury, school.

In Australia would be known as Castle of Bruce the Bastard.

Off to Brugge for the day tomorrow so Hannah can cross it off her "I must do list" .

No one else wants to go but what can you do.
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shirley on

Graham and Helena's trip coming to an end. I think he may beat you in the number of photos Mark. Dot Britt had a fall and an operation. Fell on her hip replacement and smashed the ball also the shaft of the leg. She has had her share.
Love Shirley.

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