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.
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.
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.
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!