Three days in Belgium         

We arrived in Belgium on Friday evening, and stayed overnight in the town of Blankenberge. This is a lovely seaside town, which reminded us of Eastbourne, with the pier and beaches. 

   
The view from our hotel showed the town to be full of flowers, and the little of it we saw we liked. 


I rather support the idea of random playground items on street corners!

We explored the town at dusk, after following a local’s recommendation for our evening meal. 

 We ate at the Corner House, and although our food was piping hot, tasty, and served very quickly, we regretted not ordering seafood after seeing it delivered to neighbouring tables. The beer was so cold it was nearly icy. 

 
The next morning we got up early and drove to Bruges for the day. We parked in the train station car park, which gave us secure all-day parking for €3,50. Hard to beat value like that! 

   
This is where the Colin Farrell movie was filmed. Right near here we explored a convent, with tour guides shouting information at their groups, seemingly oblivious to the signs asking for quiet. 

Of course we had to eat a waffle at snack time. 

 
There are art installations all around the city at the moment. The fifth year art students are exhibiting and we think the parade with nen and women in elaborate costumes and masks was one such exhibit. 

   
    
  We jumped back in the car at the end of a busy day and headed to Brussels, where our hotel is our base for the next few days. We are staying at the Sheraton, very near to Brussels Gare du Nord. 
The next morning, we caught the train to Ghent. The train was €10 each return, of course the boys are free.     

Ghent is a very pretty town, full of churches, and other pretty buildings. We caught a boat trip for a very reasonable €7 each (again the boys are free), and the tour guide was fluid in Dutch and English, according to the nationalities of those on the boat. 

After the boat ride we stopped for a delicious beer in the view of the castle. 

 We also took a family selfie!   

  
Today we have spent the day in Brussels, using the metro to get to the Atomium.    

    

 This evening we have met with friends and visited a few bars, sampled different Belgian beers, but of course, seen Manneken Pis. 

    
And now on to our next destination – the Alsace in France!

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16 Comments

  1. Elizabeth
    September 22, 2015 / 3:21 pm

    This looks like a great trip. I’m going to steal a bunch of your ideas because we are planning a trip very soon. We are living in the Netherlands and keep meaning to check out our neighboring countries! Thanks for the motivation to plan something and all the great ideas!

    • September 22, 2015 / 3:25 pm

      Oh you definitely must! What a great opportunity!

  2. September 22, 2015 / 7:26 pm

    Yeah my two favourite Brussels things! My great grandma went to the atomium for the expo when it was built so I feel a certain connection to this amazing building!

    • September 22, 2015 / 7:37 pm

      It was amazing. It felt a lot like Epcot at Disney?

  3. September 23, 2015 / 1:28 pm

    Looks like fun! Some beautiful places you visited, I love the peacock!

    • September 28, 2015 / 10:10 am

      The parades were great. This one was particularly good, because the costumes were fab. The people really wanted to be photographed, and they posed and preened. The peacock was just one of many brilliant outfits!

  4. September 25, 2015 / 12:11 am

    I love Bruges and Gent, definitely my favorite Belgian towns. I don’t like Blankenberge at all and I’m quite surprise you decided to stay there. Is it a famous destination for tourists ? As a Belgian, I’ve been there several time for a day out over the years, mainly because there was a direct conection by train, but I find it dirty and expensive.

    • September 28, 2015 / 10:04 am

      No, it isn’t a famous destination, just like you we had planned to take the train into Bruges in the morning. But we changed our mind and drove instead. I’m glad we did, because parking in Blankenberge would have cost €10 whereas the car park in Bruges was much cheaper, and we didn’t have the hassle of returning to Blankenberge before going on to Brussels for our hotel.

  5. September 25, 2015 / 12:48 pm

    Phew, I’m exhausted just reading your post! I haven’t been to Belgium in many years, but I have to say, I think it’s time to return. It looks wonderful and Ghent always looks so pretty. That waffle looks to die for! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

    • September 28, 2015 / 10:08 am

      Ghent was so pretty. The whole trip was a really good time. We continued to France and Germany – more posts coming your way on #mondayEscapes!!

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