Category Belgium

Europe – Why Do We Love It So 1977, Part Two

And so, I arrived in Calais, bidding my German acquaintances a fond auf Wiedersehen and wondering what opportunities I might have passed up in doing so.  The road taken though doesn’t allow for much looking back or regrets as I purchased my passage across the channel and prepared to wait for the next ferry.  It […]

Europe 2014 – Antwerp – Our Last Day, Full of the Things We Like to Do

Timeline: October 29th – 31st After another fine breakfast we set out on our final full day in Europe, headed for a northern suburb of central Antwerp and the Red Star Line Museum. Opened in September 2013, this new state of the art exhibition shows the other end of the Ellis Island immigration experience. During […]

Europe 2014 – Antwerp – Where Did Those Six Months Go?

Timeline: October 29th – 31st After an easy drive to Antwerp, we ran into heavy traffic on the outskirts of town, then again just a few blocks from our B&B, causing us to give the B&B Alegria a call twice to let them know we’d be delayed. We arrived after dark at their location in […]

Europe 2014 – Bruges (Brugge) – We Climb to the Top and Tour the Canals

Timeline: August 2nd – 4th This day would be spent seeing as many of Bruges’s typical tourist spots as possible. After a very good and filling breakfast at the Fevery (ham, cheese, yoghurt, cereal, three different types of bread, jams, etc.) we set out for the Markt Square with a brief but fun detour at […]

Europe 2014 – Bruges (Brugge) – Still a Special Place to Visit

Timeline: August 2nd – 4th We decided to use toll roads this day to cut down on driving time and give us the opportunity to make a stop in Rouen, a town Joanna and I visited in 1984 and known for where Joan of Arc was martyred.   In a little less than two hours we […]

Europe 2014 – Camping du Perroquet: Seriously, We’re Thinking of Doing this for Six Months?

We left Brussels after checking out of Maison Noble mid-morning, saying farewell to Matthieu as he saw us off in order to see the Highlander we’d been talking about.  As check in time for the campground we’d be staying at wasn’t until 2:00 pm and the drive would only take about 90 minutes, we decided […]

Europe 2014 – Brussels: We Have Pride

We slept well that night and awoke to another tasty buffet breakfast.  The now familiar walk up to the St. Catherine Metro stop, transfer to the train to Antwerp, and handling tickets all seemed to go more smoothly.  We arrived at Antwerp Central in less than an hour and found ourselves in one of those […]

Europe 2014 – Brussels: We Have Arrived

We thought we had a lot of time built into our last couple of days in Charlotte, but the number of small tasks that needed completing in order for us to leave the house and our affairs in order for six months took care of the entirety of Monday and had us hustling Tuesday morning.  […]

Europe 2007 – The Start of a New Adventure, Part Two

After another fine breakfast, we loaded up the BMW and began our journey west to Bruges, Belgium.  On the way we made a brief stop in Birkenfield, the area my Uncle Chuck was stationed when I visited he and his family in 1977. Unable to find any locations that sparked a memory, we moved on […]

Europe 1977 – The Start of the Adventure

Waxing philosophical will play a role in this blog, but at other times posts will be more mundane.  Where we went, what we ate, who we saw.  You get the drill.  This one will begin to explore the history of our travels to Europe and why it is the first big destination for us as […]