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Aug 27, 2019 - August 27. Tuesday Bruges

Tuesday, August 27 We were off to Bruges about 10:30. It would have been earlier except that we took half an hour to figure out how to program the GPS. With Pam as the driver and Marilynn as the co-navigator, we reached a parking lot just outside the old city in about a hour. Traffic was heavy and in a few places, we slowed to a crawl - another way Belgium is reminiscent of the Fraser Valley. The parking garage is huge, part of a modern looking cultural complex that is only blocks from the streets of the old city that are lined with...

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Aug 14, 2019 - Back in Bruges

Wednesday 14th Aug We had a good sleep last night, up early to walk the few metres to Victoria Coach. BlaBlaBus cost us €40 ($71), it leaves at 8.30am, and we will be in Bruges by 4.30, all going well. Except it didn’t quite go to plan. For whatever reason the bus was a bit late leaving (by 30 minutes), and to further delay us we are now on a ferry instead of the train through the Chunnel. It is a pretty smooth crossing, and at the other end clocks jump forward an hour. We leave the ferry around 2.45pm, and straight away run into traffic...

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2019 tour

Jun 11, 2018 - Bruges

Bruges is a beautiful little city. We have decided to spend a 2nd night so we can see more. The Historium was first. We walked to Markt Platz and found it. This museum takes you back to 1435. You follow a young man as he meets his future wife. This part is a little disjointed as they use screens to show the history but then a voice out of nowhere asks you to move to the next room. I think if they had a hologram say please follow me or lets goo through here there would be more of a continuous story....and less a series of movies. Before or...

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Jun 10, 2018 - Bruxelles, Ghent, Bruge

We drove to Brussels via the motorway and into the very center of town...with no problems....just a nervous co-pilot. We passed the United Nations building, many embasies, and parks. We parked underground. It was just a block to the Grand Place. It is well named! On all four sides are opulent buildings trimmed in gold. On opposite sides the buildings have towers and spires. Sun glints off the gold. Outdoor restaurants line one side. At each corner streets open onto the square. Lots of people are visiting. We rented a room at the Opera Hotel...

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Jun 9, 2018 - Bruges

Day 22. Bruges 9/6/18. Saturday. Overcast, sunny, hot!! 13-24 degrees Twice in a row, Ian’s made the wrong call for what to wear - the morning started cool, but by the middle of the day, it was very hot, and we had to carry our jackets. Bruges is surrounded by a canal and is called the Venice of the North, and on a Saturday is wall to wall people, and the queues for the canal boat rides were huge. We watched one boat load 31 people and we reckon there would be 4 times that many left waiting. We saw that over and over again at each of the...

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Jun 8, 2018 - Bruges

Day 21. Bruges 8/6/18. Friday. Cloudy, sunny, hot 13-24 degrees. It was so good to sleep in this morning with no time limits at all - breakfast is from 9-10.30. Before we went down, we had a phone call through Messenger from Ron & Hazel - how lovely to speak to them. Yes Hazel, I have bought the decongestant nasal spray. Thank you. We then rang Sandie the same way, but it was like talking under gurgling water, so wasn’t too successful. Breakfast, and then we walked to the canal and joined a 30 min. Canal boat cruise, which was excellent,...

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Jun 7, 2018 - Paris to Bruges

Day 20. Paris to Bruges via Brussels. 7/6/18. Thursday. Cloudy blue sky Our taxi was 25 minutes late picking us up from the boat - fortunately we had allowed more than enough time to get to Gare du Nord, and unexpectedly, the traffic was very light, especially using the bus lane. But it was a long way - it’s easy to forget just how big the city of Paris is - and we enjoyed our last drive through and around the city, seeing the ‘one level’ skyline and many now familiar landmarks for the last time.......unless Tony and Tam move here for a few...

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Apr 22, 2018 - Beautiful Bruges

Awoke to another beautiful day in Amsterdam and walked a mile to the Sixt rental car office. We were a little concerned about driving amongst all the bicycles as they seem to not watch out for anyone! We picked up our car, a Mercedes Klasse C and drove very carefully back to our hotel to retrieve our luggage. We had been given a few lessons on the navigation system but still have not figured out how to get her to speak to us. Oh well, I will Google it tonight. We departed The Parkview Hotel and drove out of Amsterdam with no problems taking...

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Oct 1, 2017 - Ghent and Bruges

Saturday September 30 – Ghent day trip I trekked up to the train station—easy when you know where you’re going! I had to buy my ticket—tried the machine first, but it wouldn’t use my card, so I stood in line to buy from the agent. I got spoiled in the Netherlands with my Tripkey card. All I had to do was scan it to check in and out, and the correct fare was charged to my credit card. Also I had the Museumkaart. For 60 Euros I got entry to most of the museums in the country. Those two things made travel very easy! It rained hard last night...

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Oct 1, 2017 - Where Poppies Grow

Welcome. The carnage continued. Flanders, Belgium: "For seventeen days and seventeen nights none of us have had our clothes off, nor our boots even, except occasionally. In all that time while I was awake, gunfire and rifle fire never ceased for sixty seconds.... And behind it all was the constant background of the sights of the dead, the wounded, the maimed, and a terrible anxiety lest the line should give way." —  John McCrae, Ypres, 1915 McCrae later wrote In Flanders Fields after losing a close friend at Ypres. My favorite lines are...

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Jun 27, 2017 - An old town, a beguinage and a belfry

An aspirin before bed would have been a good idea but it's onward and upward, getting up at 0600. Decided at 0715 to have a room coffee. I offer to put in enough water for two. LL declines and then thinks maybe he wants a tea. As it turned out, there was enough water for two. He comes over and says the tea in the packet looks funny. I told him he had opened a coffee. The brekkie was in a modern room. Salmon slices was a nice touch. The local sausages were good. To me, then Mr Gonzalez aka SS and then to DAM aka Ann, LL advised if you wanted...

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Jun 26, 2017 - The last of 12 countries

Not the best sleep by any means, the room feeling a bit warmer than the night before. LL up at 0515 even though 0600 alarm. He was done in just 45 minutes ie if he wasn't so set in his ways he could have readily slept in, got up at 0600 and been done by 0640, leaving me a bit of time. While room banter has returned, I would not room with him again for his early morning approach to things, quite apart from the lack of email, yet alone the antics at the vineyard dinner. Brekkie was okay. It's Monday so some business types partaking as well...

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