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  • Day178

    Catching our breath

    April 23, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    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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  • Day177

    First Belgium beer tasting

    April 22, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    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!Read more

  • Day179

    Dinant II

    April 24, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Dinant is the closest town of significance to our holiday village in Hastiere and we are so glad it is. We visited it for a second time today.

    Aside from actually snapping some photos, we visited the amazing cathedral with a stained glass window that must be 40 feet high.

    We had a terrific lunch at a Belgian tea and chocolate salon. The carrot coconut curry soup was superb and the salad a revelation of colors, textures and flavors. For dessert I had the cherry tarte and tea; Gordon had the pear and almond tarte with Belgian hot chocolate. Once he added sugar (which they brought out with the drink) he deemed it sublime. Sorry, no pics.

    Before heading back up into the hills, actually the foothills of the Ardenne mountains, we took a minute to pick up the beer selections for the evening's tasting. Mmmmm mm mm.
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