Maison Communale

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  • Day7

    Bookings and Belgian Waffles

    July 8 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Today didn’t go quite as planned as we checked out of our Grand Place apartment and into a hastily booked new apartment...... only to find T had not realised the booking made last night was for 8th -10th.... of October!!! The lovely staff member gave us some free wifi to be able to book something necessary for tonight and tomorrow!!
    The day was made better by a “private tour” of the city by the wonderful Hendrik and Steve where we learnt the country’s National symbol is the fountain of a small fat boy peeing out of a v small penis!! Many tourists come purely to see this insignificant fountain.... we moved onto the Belgian Waffle House for waffles and beer!!! Lovely to catch up with Hendrik and meet Steve and learn random facts re the city’s history and buildings
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  • Day28

    Brussels to see the sights

    July 22, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    We headed off to see the sights of Brussels late morning. We went via Paulette’s place so that I could drop my luggage off as I will be staying with Paulette for a couple of nights before I head home early Tuesday morning. Paulette is pretty close to the airport so much easier to get a taxi from here. The centre of Brussels was very quiet and uncrowded when we got there which was pleasing for us. Once we parked the car we decided to look for a place to have lunch and settled on an Italian Restaurant called Italian Sun. We both ordered pizza and of course we also had a carafe of rosé, a very nice wine in this warm weather. The pizza was delicious one of the best I have had for some time, Brigitte was also very happy with her choice. After lunch we walked through some lovely narrow streets and we must have passed about 50 Chocolate stores they were everywhere. We then headed to the Grand Place that was as lovely as I remembered but even Better in the sunshine and it also looked like the buildings had been recently cleaned. I am so glad I had the chance to come to the centre of this lovely city.

    We then headed out to Paulette’s place where we caught up with Nathalie and her family. Brigitte had brought over the Sticky Date Pudding and we had that for afternoon tea and it was a hit with everyone except for Sohan, Nathalie’s son. Sohan and his Dad played in the pool while we sat around talking and just relaxing (but no wine).

    I had to say goodbye to Brigitte which was a bit sad as we have had a wonderful week just hanging out, having fun and laughing a lot- and drinking a fair amount of wine! Brigitte said this is fine as we are on holidays.

    Tonight Paulette is cooking a rack of lamb, roast potatoes, stuffed tomatoes and green beans followed by a salad and then strawberries for dessert. Lucky I will only be here for a couple of days because if we ate like this all the time I would have to do about 30,000 steps not to gain weight!
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  • Day27

    Belgium's National Holiday

    July 21, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Today we had a bit of a relaxing day - everything was closed and more than 2 million people went to Brussels for all the celebrations. Brigitte and I had talked about going to Ghent and also about going into Brussels but Ghent currently has a Jazz Festival and it would be too crowded and so we decided to stay home and we will go to the City tomorrow. So this afternoon we made a sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce, Brigitte had never heard of this dish and was interested to try it out so Ian sent me the recipe and we made it. I can report that everyone except for Sohan loved it.

    Brigitte then made spaghetti sauce for our dinner. Not having much to do allowed me to catch up with my blog and get it nearly up to date. We had a lovely dinner last night and made plans to go to the city centre tomorrow so that I can see the Grand Place in summer.
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  • Day15

    Arrival in Bruxelles

    August 6, 2017 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    Laura made her way to the airport, and I made my way to the train station. The theme of the morning for both of us was "Security Lines". Laura spent an eternity trying to get on her first flight due to the line, but mine was merely annoying. (She made it back to Madison just fine.)

    Once I got in to Brussels/Bruxelles, I had beer on the brain, so I stopped for lunch and a tall pour. Checking in to my place was challenging due to a language barrier and some cell phone issues, but it worked out in the end. The place I'm staying at is modern, and a sweet bachelor pad. It came with a fully stocked bar -- too bad I'll be focused on beers. I did a little bit of walking around, and had street food for dinner (with frites).

    Also found a pretty cool place called "taste this beer", which let you have about 20 small self serve pulls of various Belgian beers. It was an interesting concept, but their selection wasn't too exploratory. Still, talking with the owner was fruitful about where to go to buy/try, so it was worth the €15.

    We had gotten up earlier than normal, and I was feeling fairly exhausted -- it's been an active trip, so I went to bed early and slept for 14 hours. Feeling refreshed, it's time to go exploring.
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  • Day2

    Nochmal Blumenmeer

    August 16, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Wir sind nochmal in die Innenstadt gelaufen um was zu essen. Da wollten wir uns natürlich das nun fertige Bild ansehen. Eine Stunde früher und wir hätten auf den Rathaus Balkon gehen können, um einen noch besseren Ausblick von oben zu haben, aber wir waren ja heut auch schon einmal hoch hinaus.

  • Day2

    In der Innenstadt noch zu Abend essen

    August 16, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Er festes essen beim Italiener. Sah besser aus als es letzten Endes war. Aber satt sind wir geworden. Anschließend ab zu ner Strassenbar und Flüssigkeit zu uns nehmen. Wir haben gestern schon gesehen, dass man ein Brett mit verschiedenen belgischen Bieren bekommen kann. Also bestellt und probiert. Eins schmeckte wie Erdbeerpunsch und eins (Leffe) nach gar nichts. Zwei haben uns aber ganz gut geschmeckt, nämlich Delirium und Hoegaarden.
    Jetzt aber ab zurück zum Hotel. Morgen geht's nach Brügge und wenn nich Zeit ist kurz nach Gent.
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  • Day13

    Art & History Museum - Brussels

    October 20, 2018 in Belgium ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    A lovely and rather large (and mercifully empty) museum. The Saturday crowds out on the shopping streets of Brussels are rather impressive in their density and extent! We were glad to escape the madness in the Museum and then back to our (relatively) quiet apartment! And it was a bit of surprise to find an Easter Island statue in a Belgian museum.Read more

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