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  • Day9

    Last day in Bruges

    February 9, 2020 in Belgium ⋅ 🌬 13 °C

    Another amazing day in this beautiful city. I recommend you visit. Stunning architecture, history, beers and chocolates. You could walk around here for hours and never be bored.

    Spent the morning at the beer Museum and of course had to sample 3 beers..... It's a hard life. Took some selfies haha.

    Also had a chance to catch up with Dana a friend and colleague from Lanzarote which was lovely, had a bit of lunch and a good chat.

    I love it here and I will be back for sure.
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  • Day51

    Day 51 - Waterloo I Was Defeated

    September 23, 2020 in Belgium ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Woke up to a cool misty morning & we were back on the road by 8.10am. 30 minutes later we approached Belgium with our passports & itinerary to hand. There was no border, just a sign telling us we were now in Belgium.

    First stop was Spa and to the Formula 1 race track. We were able to drive right up to the grandstand, but everything was all locked up. We then drove into & around the town of Spa, which wasn’t overly exciting.

    We set the SatNav for Waterloo and due to diversions we ended up passing through an attractive little town called Sougné-Remouchamps, which is the home of cycling champion, Philippe Gilbert. We spotted a cafe that seemed ideal for a late breakfast.

    We parked up outside the 251 year old Royal Hotel Bonhomie & walked to the cafe. It was now when we first discovered that Belgium is far stricter than other countries with it’s mask requirements. It is compulsory around town.

    We entered the cafe & ordered two coffees, then Jackie ordered a tuna salad baguette. I then asked for the same, but with sliced egg. The lady returned with two tuna baguettes, but mine with egg as well. Horror of horrors, I tried to explain that I don’t eat fish, she couldn’t understand & took both away in a huff. I chased after her & relieved her of Jackie’s & somehow managed to order an egg & rocket baguette. Everything turned out ok, but just felt a bit awkward.

    Next stop was Waterloo & the Memorial of Waterloo 1815 museum located on the site of the Battle of Waterloo. We paid our €16 each which was reasonable & followed the designated route with our masks on. It was an interactive museum with lots of exhibits & culminated in a 15 minute 3D video depicting the events of the 18th June 1815, when 300,000 soldiers clashed. 40,000 men died or were wounded & Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated.

    We then entered the Rotunda, which had a 360 degree Panorama of the events, then climbed the 226 steps to the top of Lion’s Mound for our panoramic view of the battlefield below. The Lion’s Mound was erected in 1826 to commemorate the exact spot where the Prince of Orange was wounded.

    It was over 2 hours well spent, then we hit the road for Ypres (Leper). Around 4.30pm we arrived at B&B Inga in the heart of Ypres old town. We have the run of the whole place, including a well stocked kitchen, as there are no other guests.

    Before going anywhere we set about completing our Public Health Passenger Locator Forms & submitting them. About 6.30pm we walked out into the rain & hotfooted it to the Ypra Inn next to the Menin Gate. The barman confirmed that the Last Post ceremony was still place, but with a restricted audience of just 200 persons instead of the usual 1000s.

    Jackie & I sat in the bar with a Belgian beer & watched a small crowd gather. With 20 minutes still to go, we took up two of the last few remaining allocated spots under Menin Gate. At 8.00pm sharp, three buglers appeared & played the Last Post. As always it was a very moving experience.

    It was still pouring with rain, so we ducked into a bar in the main square across from St Martin’s Cathedral & had another beer. It was all a bit damp & miserable so we called it a night, without lunch or dinner!

    Song of the Day : Waterloo by ABBA.

    Bonus Song : Last Post by The Central Band of the Royal British Legion.
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  • Day34

    Torhout / Antwerp, Belgium

    June 25, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Today we rode from Willemstad to Antwerp, a port city on Belgium’s River Scheldt. It was an unbelievably hot day reaching 37°. It was a long hard 50kms to our destination but we made it....a little later than planned because we lost one rider along the way! Luckily his wife noticed he was no longer with us. A panic-stricken tour guide and the only other two men set off in various directions to find him. About an hour later he was found! For the men this expedition added a few kms to what was already a very exhausting ride - for the women, it was a very welcome pitstop to relax and revive!
    We had an almost unnoticed crossing of the border from Holland to Belgium until our guide pointed out a big insignificant concrete block at the side of the path!!
    Our lunch stop today was Kasteel Ravenhof (Ravenhof Castle), a castle in the centre of Torhout, West Flanders. The city's park surrounds the castle which now serves as a museum and tourist centre. The promise of Belgian waffles at the café here kept everyone in high spirits....and they didn't disappoint. They were by far the best waffles ever tasted - light and delicious!
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  • Day34


    June 25, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    The Port of Antwerp is one of the biggest in the world, ranking second in Europe. The city is also known for its diamond industry and trade.
    We walked into the city after dinner to look around. We went to the top floor of the Museum aan de Stroom for some great views of Antwerp.
    We continued into the old town and into the main square, the Grote Markt, with its extravagant city hall (which was sadly covered up while being renovated), its 16th century guildhalls, and many restaurants and cafés. We picked a nice pub in the square and had a drink before heading back to the boat. Antwerp old town is a very easy to walk around.
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  • Day34

    Old Town Antwerp

    June 25, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    It was very quiet when we were in the old town!
    Also threw in a picture of the Museum aan de Stroom to show some modern architecture - this is the building the previous photos were taken from - 10th Floor.Read more

  • Day35

    Dendermonde, Belgium

    June 26, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    We left Antwerp via its 572 meter long tunnel, which is located 31.57 meters below the ground, and is called the Pedestrian Tunnel by Antwerp residents. Since 1933 it has connected  the city with the Left Bank , in other words the older with the newer Antwerp. Both sides have a lift for 40 people or a maximum of 3,000 kg, and two authentic wooden escalators. It was a very "cool" experience (sorry, I couldn't think of a better word!). Our ride today was a mere 52 kms (look who's getting cocky now!). A beautiful day of about 24° which was such a welcome change from the previous day.
    Today's destination is Dendermonde. We made great time due largely to it being about 10° cooler but also because we travelled mainly on a dedicated bike trail. We had time to stop often for coffee and tea and still got to Dendermonde ahead of schedule.
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  • Day36

    Gent (Ghent), Belgium

    June 27, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Today is our last riding day! We rode from Dendermonde to the old city centre of Ghent, about 43kms,  where we locked up our bikes and walked around the old town for about three hours.
    Ghent is a port city at the confluence of the Leie and Scheldt rivers. During the Middle Ages it was a prominent city-state. Today it’s a university town and cultural hub. Its pedestrianized centre is known for medieval architecture such as 12th-century Gravensteen castle and the Graslei, a row of guildhalls beside the Leie river harbour.
    Our three hours disappeared - there was so much to take in. We did, however, make time to enjoy a piece of warm apple pie and cream which is a specialty in Belgium - it was delicious!
    We then rode a further 7kms to the boat where we said goodbye to the bikes that had taken us on this journey - some 260kms over the past 6 days. I will miss the riding and camaraderie but perhaps not the aching backside!
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  • Day37

    Brugge (Bruges), Belgium

    June 28, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    The cycling part of the tour is over so today we have a free day in Brugge. Our guide got us there by bus and train,  after which the day was ours to spend as we pleased.
    It was a sunny 25° with clear blue skies. We had a lovely day wandering Brugge's cobbled streets, admiring its medieval buildings, and crossing its many bridges and canals. We took it easy as we were returning here on Saturday for a couple of days so it wasn't necessary to race around like a mad tourist.
    Just a sample of Brugge in this group of pics...more to come!
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  • Day38


    June 29, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Today, we farewelled our fellow cyclists on the bike barge tour - four headed back to Amsterdam, one to Ghent, and the remaining seven of us shared a taxi to Brugge. It was a scorching 34° in Brugge yesterday! Plans to climb the 366 steps of the Belfry of Bruges and cruise the canals were postponed to tomorrow understandably. We had a very relaxing day keeping cool. There was a triathalon in Brugge today...of all days! We watched a little of it earlier in the afternoon and then watched the end. Even at 10:30pm when the last competitors staggered in, it was still about 30°!!Read more

  • Day39


    June 30, 2019 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Today is our last day in Brugge. It is a very pleasant 21°-23°. We woke up to bells ringing and it wasn't long before the canal tour boats started cruising past our windows. Our accommodation is right on the canal - water lapping at the windows and the ducks paddling by, sometimes stopping for a biscuit crumb from Alan. The Belfry of Bruges - 366 stairs up and 366 stairs down was our first challenge for the day after which we cruised the canals. Both gave us a different perspective of the landscape of Brugge. We then revisited the Wall of Beer so Alan could drink one of the 1,915 varieties of beer they have. Beer aside, this is a fantastic place. It has about 6 break-off rooms where they sell associated items such as cheese, souvenirs, bicycle gear, specialty liqueurs and other alcohol, and tin tin and smurfs merchandise (both created by Belgians), plus plenty of space to sit and drink including a beer garden on the canal with great views.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Flanders, Flandern, Flandes, Flandre, Vlaams Gewest, Flandres