Category: Going Out

In Bruges

And so ends the first day of our annual trip to parts of Europe. Louise started a new job this year so it’s just a short trip to Bruges (or Brugge if you prefer the Dutch spelling).

I should have guessed things would be less than perfect when we hit heavy traffic as we approached the M25, but it wasn’t really bad until LeShuttle arrived in France and the car wouldn’t start. To give them credit, the Eurotunnel people were good and quick and had someone to us for a jump start in a couple of minutes, but it was a bit of a shock.

So we aimed for an auto parts supplier and found one that deals with Renault vehicles, which was useful since Louise drives a Clio. However, when we arrived, the parts counter was closed until Monday. So we wait, I guess.

In the hotel we found my laptop doesn’t like the VPN we set up. We’d checked it under several conditions, but it doesn’t work at all in Bruges, whether using the hotel’s wifi or my phone as a modem. Of course, it works for the phone and for Louise’s laptop. Sometimes I just give up.

We needed to relax, so we decanted to the Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan for some food and beer. A burger and a waffle with some unfiltered Brugge beer set us off nicely. I mean Brugse Zot and Straffe Hendrick aren’t that rare in the grand scheme of things, but unfiltered from the source makes them something special.

European Adventure 2022 – Part 3: Bruges/Brugge

Maastricht & The Three Countries Point

The last section of our trip was disrupted from the start. It took too long to get a “low-emission” permit for Aachen, so we went via Maastricht instead, and what a gem. We parked in a hidden underground car park by the river Meuse and had a burger for lunch before moving on. It is a beautiful town that deserves more recognition, though, of course, that would bring more tourists and all that goes with it.


European Adventure 2022 – Part 2: Koblenz


Our plan had been to leave Ghent and visit Aachen Cathederal and the Three-Countries Point. Unfortunately, it was on-and-off raining, and we decided to see these on our way back to Belgium instead, and looking around the internet, we discovered the Museum of Public Transport in Wallonia, in Liège. Now to be fair, I’m not into that sort of thing, but Louise was like a kid in a playground. I’ve not seen her smile and grin so much in years, at least not while sober.


European Adventure 2022 – Part 1: Ghent/Gent

Driving to Belgium

In a truly bad start to a holiday, I awoke with a headache. I’d not slept well, my head was pounding and I had pain in my left eye. Worse, because we had to leave in a hurry there was no time for coffee, so I downed some painkillers for the headache and opted to tough it out. This was a mistake.


Lockdown Woes

Well, we’re two weeks into the Lockdown, and we’re still more or less healthy. At least, no signs of COVID-19, which right now is the most important thing. There is a lot of frustration though, with the inability to find essentials like flour for baking; there’s not been a bag in any of our local supermarkets in a month.