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Europe » Belgium February 20th 2021

VERY breezy today and a little damp. To be honest I can cope with the wet much better than the wind. Today we went through Waddington to Bashal Town, round the TT circuit and out to Mitton, up to Micklehurst Farm, round Rabbit Lane to Bashal Eaves and home. (It was more about getting the miles in and staying on the bike!) Out virtual route was leaving Ronse across more rolling hills, spotting horses and farmland. At one stage the road suddenly stopped at a river and there was no bridge but a very small car ferry that was going backwards and forwards across the river with vehicles and passengers. Today we passed out of Belgium and over the border into France. On route we were struggling to find a Bakery, or Supermarket, to buy some ... read more
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Europe » Belgium February 19th 2021

VERY breezy today but we stayed dry. Today we did a loop of the local villages, Mitton, Whalley, Wiswell, Pendleton, Worston, Downham, Chatburn, West Bradford, Waddington and Bashal Barn. I thought I was going to end up in a field with several strong cross winds! Out virtual route would be leaving Eeklo and heading south through the picturesque city of Gent to Ronse. Across gentle rolling hills and through lots of farmland with huge crop growing fields and lots of wind turbines. Also, past numerous stables with very fine looking horses. Ronse is a tiny textile town. The B&B we stayed in here was typical of many in this area with very narrow winding stairs which are not easy in cycling shoes and carrying panniers. Also, for some reason, we always seem to have a room ... read more
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Europe » Belgium » Antwerp Province November 22nd 2020

Best EU Higlihghts I enjoyed before the Pandemic are! 1.Enjoyed air connection through Dublin, Ireland which I'm excited to go back to Ireland the following year 2. Got a Riga, Latvia Passport Stamp when I arrive to Latvia! 3. Got a passport stamp on my boarding pass in Russia Transit! 4. Enjoyed seeing just the mountains of Switzerland and Germany! I was only in the Switzerland-Germany Border to just see the mountains of the airport but that was something! 5. I enjoyed seeing UK London Bell! 6. Santorini, Greece Beaches! 7. Portugal Fresh Air as I got out of the airport and saw so many people! 8. Italy's Favorite Colosseum! 9. Brussels, Belgium Chocolate! 10.Blue Lagoon in Iceland! 11.Enjoyed seeing France's Countryside! 12. Enjoyed seeing Barcelona's Art in Spain!... read more

Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bruges July 25th 2020

The. Air. Bed. Has. To. Go........ Seth has a travel bed, a seemingly great invention, an air bed which has a built in sleeping bag for little guys and girls. It's a terrible terrible invention. Seth slept like a log. We didn't sleep at all. Every time he rolled over the polyester rustled and the air bed squeaked. He rolled off it and almost under our bed at least 3 times and oh the noise.... The noise..... So, it will be on e Bay next week if anyone is interested? As a result getting going was like wading through treacle on roller skates. We (I) almost forgot the passports, we (I) realised nearly too late that it's impossible to drag a suitcase whilst carrying 2 mugs of very hot tea and we (I) accidentally booked with ... read more

Europe » Belgium » Namur Province July 14th 2020

Et puisque le voyage vers le Grand Nord ne nous a pas été permis ...nous n'allons pas annuler le tout ... mais certainement penser à d'autres lieux .... Nous allons donc retourner à la maison pour quelques temps ... On profitera tout de même encore d'une bonne route sur laquelle nous ferons encore quelques petits arrêts... Premier arrêt prévu encore en France, Coquelles où nous allons à la recherche d'une librairie Le Furet du Nord, à la recherche de quelques cartes routières... pas de chance... nous n’avons rien trouvé... Par- contre nous ouvrons grands les yeux quand nous découvrons le centre commercial Cité Europe... Magnifique depuis le parking déjà vu qu'il y a un parking spécial camping-cars ou gros gabarits... Pour une fois on se sent accueillis... alors que tant de centres commerciaux vous imposent une ... read more
pour notre dernière nuit
Notre Dame de la Visitation à Rochefort
Raymond Devos

Europe » Belgium » West Flanders June 30th 2020

Un petit tour et tourne en rond… Nous aurons tout de même déjà fait le Benelux… Nous avons essayé de nous aventurer plus au Nord des Pays-Bas… inutile, tous les campings sont complets ! Pour rejoindre nos Pays Baltes il nous faudrait passer par une zone encore confinée…(l'Allemagne se trouve encore en orange...) on ne se complique pas la vie et on oublie… L’idée est de tout de même passer quelques jours de bon temps… On se décide donc de retourner en Belgique pour continuer vers les Hauts de France… On se dit qu’il serait bien possible que là beaucoup de campings seront complets… mais non… belle surprise, c’est comme si on nous y attendait… Côté Belgique, nous retrouvons notre place habituelle au Polder Valley à Westende… il n’y a en effet pas grand monde ici… ... read more
en route vers Westvleteren
La Westvleteren, une bière d'abbaye difficile à trouver...
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Europe » Belgium » East Flanders » Gent March 14th 2020

Une fois n'est pas coutume.... En ces temps où les nouvelles ne nous font pas trop sourire... autant visiter de beaux endroits (même si c'était le hasard...) et se dire qu'il existe de belles villes près de chez nous. Ce 12 mars nous étions invités à déjeuner en Belgique chez des amis et comme une exposition Van Eyck était d'actualité à Gand... nous nous sommes dit qu'un petit détour de ce côté du pays ne nous ferait pas de tort... Evidemment vendredi 13 a tout changé dans nos projets... Nous étions prêts à partir aux Beaux Arts de Gand quand nous recevons un mail nous prévenant de la fermeture du musée... Notre exposition sera donc remise à une autre date... Jour noir pour la Belgique... le Coronavirus va nous faire changer de vie... On ira plus ... read more
Le Korenmarkt et le batiment de la Poste
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Le Beffroi

Europe » Belgium » Brussels-Capital Region » Brussels January 17th 2020

Brussels Half hour ride from Lille to Brussels. Four stops on Red metro line to Porte de Namur station, right beside Hotel Chambord. Took a walk down Rue de Numar. Coffee in TICH, a vegan cool kids large order at the counter joint. Opposite a similar Café called JAT. Then to the Musical Instruments Museum. ‘Old England’ Horta building. A riveted cast iron structure with airy feel. Darkened rooms full of the most extensive collection I’ve seen.... way better than Berlin, and broader and better presented than Finlandia Museum in Turku. Not all that much African stuff, lacked thumbpianos etc. But stunning environs. Brass section dominated by the Sax family’s experiments with trumpet and reed instruments. Saxhorns included a ‘trombone’ with seven bells and six valves. A ser I’d saxes with oboe like double reeds. Many ... read more
Glass Harmonica
Hurdy Gurdy
Roof top restaurant MIM

Europe » Belgium » Antwerp Province October 30th 2019

Waking up to a golden 9C morning at 6:30 was unusually easy, and waiting out the drop off time for the bike at no sooner than 8.30 meant I could head over to Donau island, ten minutes away. With a few detached accessories in the front of the bike (after the fall), it luckily still worked. By 7 the sun was well up, fisherman installed at their spots, and joggers were plodding the canals. Not a breath of wind. The walk to Traisengasse from Jans Airbnb was as quiet as arriving, residential Vienna still at rest. I had pre-planned my actions for the cheapest airport commuting, so as not to have unexpected hassles with station machines on the day. Unfortunately an older lady forcing her credit card into the euros slot significantly held up the works, ... read more
Murals
Veldstraat Swembad
Onzde Lieve Vrouwe Cathedral

Europe » Belgium September 23rd 2019

Well we have only gonna managed it!! House sold, moved into No32 (our new home from home, Harvey our Hymer) and do you know what we are knackered! First priority when we get over the channel is to find a resting stop and recharge!! Bray Dunes just does that, in summer a humming seaside resort but right now a rather quiet stretch of beach which runs some 7 miles into Ostend, and which Poppy and we can walk to our heart contents, oh and don’t forget the Moule Frit. Zonnebeke our next stop for two nights at the Memorial Museum Passchendale 1917 is set in the grounds of Zonnebeke Chateau. I have always, as Graeme thought that the First World War had no impact on my or Graeme’s family but you can see early on why ... read more
Tyne Cot Cemetry
Jardins d'Annevoie
Tyne Cot Cemetry




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