We arrived in Jabekke, a nive suburb of Bruges, 2 days ago after a very easy 1 hour drive! Possibly the shortest we will face throughout our 6 months.
Getting on and off the train was a bit nerve-wracking, however it was very easy in the end. The Satnav, the source of many an argument so far, tried to send us West, luckily Al's in-built satnav kicked in and we headed in the right direction.
Our first full day in Belgium was spent in Bruges, in gorgeous sunshine, eventually. I was very impressed by the whole place. Its beautiful architecture, peaceful canals and clean streets, as well as the chocolate and beer!
We started with a canal tour through the town (city?).
What a great way to get our bearings and decide on the main places we wanted to see. Me- the old streets, Dot- the chocolate shops, Al- the brewery!
We spent ages trying to find the perfect moules and frites and ended up in the worst one possible, of course! Bruges is very expensive, which is a pain when trying to get value for money. Al and Dot climbed the Belfort, the tallest building in Bruges, but it was so expensive for all 3 of us that I went off wandering and Al lied about Dots age so she got in for free!
The De Halvre brewery was a highlight for all of us, weary feet were rested, thirsts were quenched and card games were played. By this point 2 of us were quite tipsy already, after beers with lunch, so topping up the levels just added to the merriment.
After this we swayed back to the bus station and crammed onto the Jabekke bus with hundreds of school children, whom I'm sure we could have knocked out with our boozy breath.
Later we had a visit from our caravanning neighbours Claudia (Dutch) and Mark (Tasmanian) who are also taking a year off with their 2 children, to travel around Europe. That also turned out to be quite drunken! Ouch! But really nice for Dot to have a friend (Sophia, 8) and for us to have other people doing the same thing, it almost made it feel normal.
Anyway tomorrow we are off to Amsterdam and its Dot's turn for the blog post. Let the fun begin...