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Belgium

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  • Day1

    In Zaventem mochten we eindelijk de code ingeven op de srprs.me website. De site laadde on-ge-loof-lijk traag, wat ons alleen maar zenuwachtiger maakte 😁

    We gaan naar Warschau!! Woehoe! Niemand van ons vieren is er al geweest, dus we hebben er keiveel zin in. (Inez heeft al een reisboekje gekocht 😉)

  • Day34

    Vi skulle bare lige se og opleve Holland for en kortere stund, men det blev til 6 spændende og oplevelsesrige uger.
    Selvfølgelig skal Amsterdam opleves, men jeg kan varmt anbefale, Utrecht, Harlem og Maastricht til forlængede weekendophold.
    Efter dejligt familiebesøg i Utrecht vendte vi stævnen mod syd - Maastricht - hvor vores børnebørn Alma og Vega med familie ville komme på ferie.
    Vi nåede dog ikke så langt før første forhindring indtraf - en baksille af ukendt navn havde taget ophold i min mave, så slemt at jeg måtte sygemeldte mig en 4-5 dage og først to uger efter behagede det selvsamme baksille at finde et andet opholdssted - det positive ved den oplevelse var et minustab på vægten (dog kun for en kortere periode).
    Næste "forhindring" var i byen 'S Hertogenbosch. Vi skulle i 2. sluse ud af 13 på en strækning af ca. 80 km., det var fredag eftermiddag, men ak og ve, borgmesteren havde besluttet, at der kun skulle sluses mandag og onsdag kl. 11, selvom øvrige broer og 11 sluser på selvsamme kanal var åbne. Så tålmodighed er en dyd - vi ventede til mandag, hvor det endelig behagede slusemesteren at sluse os videre, dog først kl. 11.30, men vejret og byen var hele ventetiden værd.
    Nu synes jeg jo selv, at jeg er blevet verdensmester i at sluse og så fik vi en af de grimme oplevelser. Vi ligger og venter på at komme ind i en sluse - vi skal 11 meter op - sammen med en del andre både. Det går langsomt med at komme ind i slusen og på plads og vi er sidste båd i rækken, der har fået grønt lys. Ligger halvt inde ved de store 11 meter høje sluseporte (og ca 1 meter tykke) og nu vil en af bådene foran os ikke give plads og pludselig begynder portene at lukke i. Leif kan ikke forstå hvad jeg skriger, så højt er mit stemmeleje og efterfølgende kan jeg se et stort udslag på pulsmåleren på mit ur. Vi får bakket ud i et fart med hjertet uden på sommerblusen. Føj for en oplevelse - en af de værre. Der da efterfølgende blev givet grønt lys til næste slusning, blev der via højtaleren sagt, af den danske båd skulle have første prioritet til at gå ind - vi tog det som en undskyldning.
    Super dejligt at se Alma, Vega og familie i Maastricht. Vi har savnet dem. Fandt en dejlig havn ca 1 km. fra centrum med swimmingpool mm. og havde hyggelige og varme dage sammen. Maastricht er en fantastisk by.
    Holland er et dejligt land, men lidt malurt er der også. De har ingen pant på almindelige plastflasker og dåser og det ses overalt - sørgeligt.
    Maastricht ligger kun et stenkast fra grænsen til Belgien. Du vil sikkert ikke tro det, men alt forandrer sig næsten lige, når du passerer grænsen. Landskabet går fra fladt til høje klippevægge, ingen taler og forstår engelsk længere, bilerne er skiftet ud til franske modeller og arkitekturen kunne være en by i Rusland. Denne del af Belgien er meget trist og kedelig. Liege er en by uden sjæl. Byens byggestil minder om russiske forstæder - grimme farveløse højhuse, og findes der endeligt et pænt gammelt hus, ja så ligger det indeklemt mellem disse. Jeg havde glædet mig til Liege i Vallonien - begge meget flotte navne - men det er en skuffelse. Her er desværre også rigtig mange hjemløse sølle stakler og andre mindre indtagende personer - det er faktisk første gang at vi har følt os lidt utrygge ind i mellem.
    I dag ligger vi i en lille havn i Huy. Altid hyggeligt med et glas koldt hvidvin efter dagens sejlads og i dag blev den indtaget kun få hundrede meter fra et atomkraftværk - nu glæder vi os til at komme til Frankrig på landet.
    Turen går nu videre mod Namur, og Givet, hvor vi igen får besøg af vores lille familie, der i mellemtiden har været en tur i Paris.
    Selv regner vi med at nå Paris om ca 2 uger, men hvem ved - vi har tiden for os.
    Pas på jer og jeg ønsker jer dejligt sommervejr. Vejret har indtil nu været dejligt med gode temperaturer og kun lidt regn. Det blæser næsten aldrig.

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  • Day178

    We've been a little remiss lately about posting. We're not afraid to admit it ... we're getting tired. We had our first less than stellar Airbnb experience in Auvers, the town from which we visited the Normandy beaches. Let's just say the best part was the little goslings, though the mother goose was terrifying.

    We left a day early and had a surprise stay in Cambrai. We loved our 8th floor studio with a view of some WWI (we think) ruins. We had one of our better meals yet at a hole in the wall restaurant recommended by our host and left for Belgium feeling considerably better.

    We are staying in a little vacation home in a development up in the hills. Very comfortable. We are grateful for the pellet stove, however, because it's damp and low 50's. Maybe 40's. It's 25 minutes to Dinant which is a beautiful little town right on the River Meuse and I would not have thought to go there. We will try for some photos tomorrow.

    But we are getting tired. More and more inclined to just sit. In a few days we will have been on the road for 6 months. Hopefully we'll get a second wind as we still have over 5 weeks til we head back to the states.

    Anyway, the Belgian beer is definitely worth the trip and we're right on the Beer Trail. We're toasting to all our friends and family who are loyally keeping us company as we wander.
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  • Day182

    We are staying with our hosts Jodie and Nancy.

    There is a small fridge stocked with good beers so we don't have to go out to sample the beers.

    Yesterday afternoon when we got back, I could not find my wallet. So we drove to the last place I had gotten out of the car, the windmill. We did nothing t see the wallet on the ground so we went and knocked on the door of the house next to the windmill. Fortunately Heather speaks a bit of German, so we found out that the gentleman had found the wallet and taken it to the police station. When we got to the police station and the officer got off the phone, he greeted us with "you must be Herr Sweet." Two minutes later I had my wallet and everything was good in the world again. I want to that the wonderful Belgiums that affirmed my belief that people are almost always good.Read more

  • Day181

    A MOST eventful trip to neighboring Neerpelt. Gordon saw the first clearly identifiable barber shop since we've been here. As you can clearly see from the photos, he was channeling his inner hippie and his eyebrows were channeling their inner woolly worms. He is now a happy camper.

    We celebrated by stopping into the local tea room for lunch: toast topped with melted Brie, sautéed apples and mushrooms, thick crispy bacon, all on a bed of lettuce in a mustard vinaigrette. Wow! Lucky guess since we can't read a word of Dutch.

    This is the first place we've been that people seem to routinely use bicycles to go about their daily business (as opposed to bicycle touring or racing). We have tried many times to get a good photo without success. We kind of liked the one here, though, clearly shot through the car window, reflections and all.
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  • Day181

    This is one of the six Trappist monasteries left where the monks brew the beer themselves. It's right on border with Netherlands and Gordon had earmarked it as one we should try to visit. We had no idea it was 20 minutes from our Airbnb in Overpelt. Good beer, too.

  • Day5

    I had noticed the fuel consumption was rather high and at first I thought it was me calculating it wrong but it wasn't. I found a fuel leak which was only present when the engine was running or just after I filled the tank as that was the only time the level was high enough for gravity to let petrol dribble from the banjo connection to the front carb. It was easily fixed by tightening the bolt which must have vibrated loose.
    Although pleased to find the fault I was feeling miserable at having lost about 30% from the last two tank fulls so after I came back to my room I checked the two lottery tickets I had bought before leaving home and both had won. One gave me an entry to the next draw and the other won £77 which more than covers the lost petrol!
    I met a very helpful chap called Paul Ireland who convinced me we should spend a little time checking the carburation as it was rich and the ignition timing. I was reluctant as the car was running well. We weakened the mixture two flats on both carbs and slightly advanced the timing using his bulb on a wire to tell us when the points are opening. It has improved things and should also contribute to better fuel consumption and cooler running. He was right as today's run showed to temperature was running about 6 degrees cooler today.
    Paul has a PhD in experimental nuclear physics which might explain the strange glow coming from under the bonnet of his TC.
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  • Day177

    It was being too difficult to get out to the Beer brewing Abbys today for tasting. However we happened upon a store in Dinant that sold beer by the bottle. We picked out a selection of Abby beers for the evening. We morn the beers that feel during tasting, but they fell for a worthy cause. Excellent beers!

  • Day5

    After extremely large breakfast - Peter managed a full English followed by full continental and I wasn't much better! We drove to Han only 25 mins away from Dinant. You get to the caves via a small train. Entering the dark cool entrance dressed lightly due to blazing sunshine outside we realised too late we should have probably brought coats! The guide (very hunky whose main job is breeding horses for eventing.... sorry got distracted for a moment) The tour guide was very good and as our group was small and all understood English meant we didn't have to listen to 3 languages which seems necessary in Belgium. Fab caves extremely large with lots to see. We walked 2 kilometres of the 17 km network. Peter waited until we were in the largest cave half way into the hillside before asking about earthquakes in the region... some shuffling of feet but nobody headed for the exit. Evidently last rock to fall was in 1984.
    We raided a supermarket for a cheap lunch and headed back to hotel....Gala dinner tonight for all the MG owners then tomorrow we head off on the route to Malta probably a different hotel every night so should make some distance on the map 😎
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