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Europe » Belgium » Antwerp Province » Antwerp September 16th 2014

Today’s the day we leave Belgium and head to the west coast of France. I woke up especially early to write this so I could send it in the cruise terminal using the precious wi-fi before we depart this afternoon. Belgium has been phenomenal! The first day I took a day trip to Bruges, and yesterday I had a field lab in Brussels where we visited NATO headquarters. For starters more of my friends here need to see the movie In Bruges because they didn’t fully understand or appreciate my eagerness to visit Bruges. But their lameness aside, we rented bikes for the day and tore around Bruges like we owned the place. Bruges is a quaint medieval town about 45 minutes away from Antwerp (where the ship is docked). All of the streets ... read more
Panorama of Bruges
Selfie in a Park in Bruges

Europe » Belgium » Antwerp Province » Antwerp August 31st 2014

Just got my train tickets to Bayonne. now it s time to just get everything ready and packed...... read more

Europe » Belgium » Antwerp Province » Antwerp June 19th 2014

Ik zit nu op een bankje te schrijven over de vorige dag wanneer ik word aangesproken door een oud dametje. Of ik op doorreis was, en waar naartoe dan wel. Nadat ik haar vertelde wat mijn plan was werd ze meteen enthousiast. 'Da moet ge allemaal doen als ge jong bent hè', drukt ze me op het hart, 'daar word ge mentaal zo sterk van.' Na een kort gesprekje die onder andere bestond uit een routebeschrijving naar Mechelen, wenst ze me veel succes en wandelt ze, iets opgewekter, weer door. Ik ben aangekomen in Edegem en ik ga eventjes langs de weg zitten om op adem te komen. De zon is zojuist doorgekomen en het zweet gutst van mijn lijf. Plotseling stopt er een dure Audi en steekt de bestuurder zijn hoofd uit het raam: 'Gaat ... read more

Europe » Belgium » Antwerp Province » Antwerp June 18th 2014

De treinreis was een eitje, het lastigst was wakker blijven in een warme, klamme trein die zachtjes schommelend en met een hypnotiserende ruis voort draaft. Ik wist vrijwel meteen wanneer ik de grens over was; waar de natuur en de mensen niets prijs gaven, verraadde de infrastructuur alles. Eenmaal aangekomen in Antwerpen werd het spannender, wanhopig op zoek naar een pinautomaat en een kroeg om de wedstrijd tegen Australië mee te maken sprak ik iemand aan. 'Ich spreche nur Deutch.' Lekker dan. Iemand anders dan? Frans, Spaans, Italiaans en zelfs Indisch! Serieus? Ik heb de eerste helft van het voetbal gemist omdat er geen Belgen in Antwerpen te vinden zijn? Uiteindelijk dan toch een Vlaamse dame gevonden die direct over mijn schouder wees naar de muur achter me. Ben ik daar dus mooi drie keer langsgelopen! ... read more

Europe » Belgium » Antwerp Province » Antwerp November 6th 2013

Antwerp Belgium 6 November 2013 It rained on and off during the night at Camping Memling in Bruges but we were warm and dry. This camp site had a bread dispensing machine which has fresh bread in it every morning except Thursdays. There was also a machine you could buy an hours internet use. More and more we are seeing automation/self-serve machines at camp sites and more restricted reception times. Camping in 6 degrees and with constant drizzle of rain I guess encourages Europeans to stay home. Back to Antwerp. There was only 80 kms between Bruges and Antwerp. We arrived at about 11.00am. We parked the camper on the banks of the major River Schelde which flows into the harbour. We parked next to the Steen Plein which was a fortress built around 1200. It ... read more
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Europe » Belgium » Antwerp Province » Antwerp June 10th 2013

voor de volgers van toen een berichtje van nu. ongeveer 4 jaar na ons avontuur in Noord-Amerika staan we bijna aan het begin van ons avontuur door noord Europa. dinsdagochtend 25/6 vertrekken we met ons vieren richting Scandinavië.... read more

Europe » Belgium » Antwerp Province » Antwerp May 25th 2013

We had a rest day for the Porsche today. We all had a trip to Antwerp in Tom & Marta’s 7-seater Ford C-Max. We had a leisurely start after a proper breakfast for a change. Not so sure about the rest !! for us after the quiet of the Hotels rooms ,as we are now sharing our space with William and Hannah, Tom & Marta and Granny Dinah. We were all able to get into the 7-seater, so we gave the Porsche a rest. It was reasonably warm in the sunshine today but cooler in the shade, but perhaps more importantly dry. As the very privileged guest blogger today, I will fill you in on the day out. We became sightseeing tourists for the day and joined the throngs in a lovely sunny Antwerp. We set ... read more
Spot the real people
Strolling by the RiverSchelde
Stagecoach tours

Europe » Belgium » Antwerp Province » Antwerp April 29th 2013

Europe » Belgium » Antwerp Province » Antwerp September 19th 2012

‘”To eat ethnic food in the place that gave life, and to immerse oneself in the history and culture of that place, can transform an otherwise mundane meal into an extraordinary experience. “ ( Benning J, 2010) Belgium is famous for its many types of cuisines. I really enjoyed my stay here in Belgium since we ate authentic Belgian Waffles, Belgian Fries and Belgian Chocolates. Most of the Cuisines that I tried were from random restaurants, cafes and food stand ups. I did not anymore researched on what would be the best one since I think it is all the same, so I picked the restaurant/ cafe which will be convenient for my walking. Luckily all of the foods that I have tasted were really good. While walking in the shopping district of Antwerp, Belgium, I ... read more

Europe » Belgium » Antwerp Province » Antwerp August 12th 2012

Our last minute decision to make a quick stop in Belgium was a success! Although we had booked open train tickets to return to Amsterdam from Hamburg as our last trip, we decided that once we hit Amsterdam we would quickly book tickets to Belgium and hop on the first train out. This was all going very smoothly as the next train departed 15 minutes after our arrival; we grabbed a quick bite, bought our tickets, and jumped back onto the train. About 20 minutes into the ride, we started to notice that our train was taking an extra long stop at one of the stations along the way. An announcement came over the speaker rambling something in Dutch and then a lady came through the cabin to alert everyone that a kidnapping had taken place ... read more
Chocolate man
Binnson practising his new smile

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