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Aug 22, 2014 - Surprise - Bruges again

When we got up in the morning, Tess and I got ready as quick as we could and went around to the Belfort (Belfry) of Bruges, to try take some pictures of the town before we left. It was a horrible morning though, it was raining fairly consistently. When we got to the Belfry, there was a queue of about 40 people in front of us. We had to check out of the hotel at 11am, which meant we needed to be in the Belfry gate by 10am at the latest. We were cutting it fine. I said to Tess, what if we were to stay in town another day, and go to the Belfry...

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Aug 21, 2014 - In Bruges

Finally after a couple of hours of driving with relatively no traffic hiccups we were in Belgium. The first thing that I learnt in Belgium is that everyone drives in the "slow lane" (far right) unless overtaking. In France, usually people sit in the middle, with trucks and caravans etc in the far right. Then people overtake in the far left. In Belgium, that wasn't the case as I had a lot of drivers getting very angry, flashing lights and staring as they went past in the "fast lane". Point taken. We got to Bruges without any incidents, but...

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Jul 23, 2014 - Bruges, Belgium

7/23/14, Wednesday.We headed to Bruges, Belgium today. This is a fascinating place! Very picturesque! Many of the buildings here were built in the 1200's. The churches are gorgeous! We entered through one of the old city gates from when it was a fortified walled city. Our first stop on our walking tour was at the Begijnhof, a small walled in semi-monastic community of women called Beguines, religious women who sought to serve God but without retiring from the world. This area was founded in the 1200's. Next stop was the Church of Our Lady...

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Trip Journal


2014 European Trip

Jun 16, 2014 - Brugge

A cloudy and chilly day today. It may be summer in Europe but the lovely sunny days of 26 seem far behind in Rotterdam. Lately it's been 16 with a chilly wind. I shouldn't. Complain though with mum and dad having -3 the other morning! We had a day in Brugge today. First we followed one of the smaller in-town canals to the outer ring of two canals. Here we followed a beautiful, tree lined bike/walk path to one of the seven mediaeval gates to the town. We went to the Ghent gate, wch still contains the bridge and road into and out of the...

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Jun 15, 2014 - Brugge, Belgium

After a 3hr train journey through the Dutch country side, we hit Belgium. Actually them man across from us had to tell us, otherwise there was nothing to indicate we had crossed a boarder. The cows looked the same, the houses still steeped roofed, the trees just as green. One give away was the plethora of flags hanging from windows. With the other World Cup on in Rio, there has been a wave of nationalistic fervour. We had a change of train in Antwerp. While we didn't leave the station, what a station! Was beautiful and just goes to show...

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May 25, 2014 - We board the Elodie

May 25 This day begins our highly anticipated two week adventure of cycling from Bruges to Paris, accompanied by our treasured barge, the Elodie, an extension of our 2011 cycling trip from Amsterdam to Bruges. Well rested and pleasantly full from one more excellent breakfast, Brenda and I headed off to do laundry at a nearby Laundromat, ``The Wash Casino``. Clean and efficient, our clothes were done in jig time and we ran into Pat and Hans at a patio on the canal for a final glass of wine in Bruges before our reserved taxi departure to the...

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May 24, 2014 - Last night in Bruges

May 24 After finally achieving a great night’s sleep, we joined our fellow bike/bargers, Pat and Hans who had arrived the night before, for breakfast. Unbeknownst to either of us, we had booked the same B&B months ago…small world. It was going to be a slow day getting ready for departure Sunday. Our first order of the business was shopping for extra layers of clothes for the now forecasted cool/wet weather. Our long range forecast for the next two weeks was variable to say the least. Brenda found some good buys at the Bruges H&M and we were...

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May 22, 2014 - Touring Bruges

May 22 Our first morning breakfast at the Absoluut Verhulst consisted of fabulous traditional European style treats of meat, cheese, fruit, breads and pastries complemented by fabulous coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice. If that wasn’t enough, Benno made us fabulous poached eggs and bacon on toast to finish us off. We were joined by a couple from California on their last day in Europe and a family of five with all grown children. They would be leaving by train the next day for Paris and were amazed at our planned 2-week cycling trip...

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May 21, 2014 - Bruges

May 20 - 21 Our journey began with rising dark and early at 3:45 a.m. for our 8:00 a.m. flight. Our dear friends, Dennis and Anita, were waiting curbside for us at 5:30 at their house for the drive to YVR and to store our van while we’re gone…you just gotta love them! Executive class check-in at United Airlines was simple and painless while our NEXUS passes flew us through US customs and immigration. After a leisurely breakfast snack in the Air Canada business class lounge, we boarded our connecting flight to Europe through Chicago. Another...

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May 5, 2014 - Day in Bruges

Good night's sleep for both of us. All day walking around, drinking beer (includes brewery tour), wine, eating chocolate, cheese, etc.; back to hotel about 6pm. Pictures of church spires taken from hotel room window. I found old maps; Kathy found lace. Internet service at hotel is very bad, thus a minimum of uploaded pictures. We may train to Brussles for day on Tuesday. Maybe not...

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May 4, 2014 - Bruges

A new Mercedes sedan with driver picked us up and drove 3 hours to Bruges. Excellent commentary on the way. We were the only (of 198) guests to go to Bruges! We then had a short acclamation walk/tour with a VRT rep, and then a 'private' tour of almost three hours with a different VRT guide. Room on floor 5; see picture. At 5:30 pm on Sunday, no stores were open to buy wine, cheese, bread. I found a street vendor and talked him into separating a loaf/baguette from the chicken stick and brought that back to hotel for a light dinner. I handed...

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Apr 3, 2014 - Brussels to Bruges

Another fitful sleep but better than the day before heralded a slightly overcast morning. By 7am most of us were in the dining room having a hearty breakfast in readiness for today's journey. As always the obligatory group photograph had to be taken this time with a twist as Chris had brought his camera equipped radio controlled helicopter 'thingy' and we had to perform for it. We will probably get some spectacular video footage from this device. The trip out of Brussels was led by Rob. It turned out to be extremely complicated and we were...

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