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Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bruges December 7th 2013

Brugge at night is just as fun as during the day. I re-visited some of the places I went to during the day. I saw: · Canals and Bridges · Open Market Areas · Archways and doors · Food and drink at the markets I also had dinner in a local restaurant – omelette and pom frittes... read more
Brugge at Night
Brugge at Night
Brugge at Night

Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bruges December 6th 2013

There was so much in the way of sweet food, I could have put on 100kg just looking at it all! Chocolate Marzipan Hard Lollies (candy) Pastries and other yummies ... read more
Brugge Sweets
Brugge Sweets
Brugge Sweets

Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bruges December 6th 2013

I arrived in Bruges and made my way to my hotel. It was in an amazing location and the view was great, but I should have listened to the reviews, as it wasn’t very clean or comfortable. My room was the single dormer window on the white building. Never-mind, it was too late, so I went exploring! I saw lots of sights including: Canals and bridges Alleyways Open Market areas Statues Archways Old Buildings ... read more
Central Brugge
Central Brugge
Brugge Grote Markt

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 6th 2013

I leaned out the window of my hotel room to take a last photo of the Eiffel Tower. I then headed to Gare du Nord, and got there super early. This meant I had a lot of time to wait for my train, so I wandered around the area. I checked the platform of my train, then found the platform and my carriage. I took a Thalys train to Brussels Midi. I settled into my seat and enjoyed the view out the window. And then arrived at Brussels Midi to change trains to Brugges.... read more
Gare du Nord
Gare du Nord
Gare du Nord

Europe » Belgium » West Flanders December 6th 2013

Today was a train trip to Brugge / Bruges in Belgium. I caught the metro to Gare du Nord, then a Thalys train to Brussels Midi (South), then a local train to Brugges. I’ll split today into the following posts: Gard du Nord to Brugge Brugges in daylight Brugge Sweet Food Brugges at night The average temperature in Brugges was 6C / 42F, and I did 19,421 steps on my fitbit ... read more

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Epernay December 5th 2013

After my caves tour, I decided I better walk off the alcohol, as I felt rather drunk! I wandered around the town until I came to the centre and found somewhere for dinner. As I ate I watched the sunset, and decided to head out and take some photos of the sky and make my way back to the station. It was then time to get on the train and head back to Paris for my last night before heading to Belgium. Even spending a couple of hours on trains, I still did 20,679 steps on my fitbit!... read more
Around Épernay
Around Épernay
Around Épernay

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Epernay December 5th 2013

I booked this tour before I even left Australia. I had to drink real French champagne in the champagne region in France. I never knew how to pronounce “Moët”. Most Australians say something like “Mo-ee”. I learnt the T is actually pronounced kind of like “Mo-et”. Aussies take note! I chose which bottles I would get to test (I chose the most expensive one – I’d come half way around the world for this!), I got my tickets and waited for the tour to start. We then had our chance to taste test 2 champagnes. They turned out to be full glasses. I hadn’t eaten a proper meal since breakfast, so I was rather drunk by the time I left!... read more
Caves Tour
Caves Tour
Caves Tour

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Epernay December 5th 2013

Arriving in Épernay i headed toward the Église Notre-Dame, just across the park from the station. Unfortunately it was closed, but it had really cool doors! It was time to head to the Avenue de Champagne and see all the champagne houses. I also had to find the Moët et Chandon caves, for my tour later in the afternoon. It’s a great street to see all the different champagne houses (and their cool doors), most of which I had never heard of!... read more
Église Notre-Dame
Église Notre-Dame
Église Notre-Dame

Europe » France » Champagne-Ardenne » Reims December 5th 2013

When I left the station at Reims, I turned left and walked through a lovely park and headed towards La Porte de Mars, an old Roman ruin. Mars Gate is the only remaining monumental gate built in the first part of the 3rd century and giving access to the Roman city of Durocortorum. I then headed along the pedestrian street Place Drouet d’ergon which was where their christmas markets were being held. I kept going until I came to Rue de Vesle. I then made my way to the Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Reims. It is truly worth the visit. Excavations have shown that the present building occupies roughly the same site as the original cathedral, founded c.400 under the episcopacy of St Nicaise. That church was rebuilt during the Carolingian period and further extended ... read more
La Porte de Mars
La Porte de Mars
La Porte de Mars

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 5th 2013

I got up quite early and took the Metro to Gare de l'Est. My train went to Bar le Duc (it was free as part of my Eurail ticket and it was a slow train) but I only went as far as Épernay, where I changed trains to Reims.... read more
Gare de l'Est
Gare de l'Est
Gare de l'Est




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