Janet & Martin's Oz Adventure 06-07 travel blog

The Black Watch

Ready For the Perfect Storm

We Are Sailing, We Are Sailing.....

Onward and Upward

The Bells, They Make You Deaf, You Know

Les Bicyclettes De Bruges

The Church Of The Holy Blood

The Venice of The North

The Girls of SCC Get Down

How Many Stairs to The Top?

The Square

Views From The Bell Tower

Hot Chocolate Time - It really hits the spot!

Come Down , This Minute!

The Canals - Beautiful - but COLD!

Bruges Architecture - InSpired

Charming Honfleur

The Guardian of The Gate

I Couldn't Resist This - How Gallic Can You Get?

How's This For Artistic!

Julia Getting Itchy Credit Card Fingers

Mussell Harvesting - In The Middle of a Roundabout

Old Town Hall, Honfleur

Christmas Shopping

Au Revoir, Honfleur!

Movie Clips - Playback Requirements - Problems?

(MP4 - 1.14 MB)

I Don't Feel Like Dancin', No Sir, No Dancin' For Me

Well, here we are. Back in Manchester after a weekend's Mini-Cruise aboard the Black Watch, with our good friends Julia and Moira from SCC. Very special thanks to Mr Olsen and his crew for making us so welcome, feeding us so well, keeping us extremely well oiled ( check the movie ) and entertaining us so royally. After the appalling weather of the last few weeks here in England, it was such a pleasure to find not a drop of rain for the entire trip.

Having set sail from Southampton on Saturday evening and dancing the night away in the ship's disco, we awoke Sunday morning to find ourselves in the Belgian port of Zeebrugge. Fully sated by a nice greasy breakfast - to soak up the previous evening's alcohol - a short taxi ride took us to the beautiful city of Bruges. Without doubt, the best view of the city is gained by climbing the Watchtower in the Square, so first job was to take the three hundred and sixty-six stairs to the top, arriving just in time to here the ten o'clock chimes - the doctor says Janet should regain her hearing by February! With good reason, Bruges is known as the Venice of the North, so a boatrip on the canals is also de rigeur. Unfortunately, our guide's English was on a par with my Swaheli, so we didn't get a lot of what he was saying, but it was a lovely way to spend an hour regardless.

After sightseeing there was just enough time for frites in the Square, complete with a large dollop of mayonnaise - just like the line in Pulp Fiction - smothered in the s--t, but bloody good!

Having spent a rather more sedate evening sipping cocktails in the Observatory Bar, we retired as the Black Watch made it's way to our second port of call, Honfleur in Normandy. This is a beautiful little town, brimful of charm and character. Janet and I have already earmarked it for a return visit next spring and I would heartily recommend it to anyone. The architecture is a delight, the people extremely charming, the atmosphere really laid back and there is a wealth of Art Galleries and shops selling the most amazing works - we could do with a decent win on the Lotto.

A few pounds(lb) heavier and a few pounds(sterling) lighter, we arrived back in Southampton's fog on Tuesday morning to make the drive home.

So that's it - the warm-up done, the Turkey to be consumed and the journey to the other side of the world to begin.

See you soon.

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