Enroute from Belgium to Arras, France

May 3, 2012.

Curse this bad weather! In the cities it wasn’t too bad – one could always find a museum (or ten) to go to. In the countryside there are all these tempting walks and bike routes but mostly we just drive on past.

46k Westhoek Bike Route

46 km Westhoek Bike Route

Windmill in Belgium

Our last stop in Belgium is this creaky old windmill.
Belgian Windmill

Windmill with boarded-up window in Belgium Windmill with boarded-up door in Belgium

Cemetery in France

Then into France where everything appears well-fed: there are fat-bottomed cows, fat-breasted pigeons, even fat snail escapees from the escargorie. Our first stop in France is this moody cemetery.
Cemetery in France Cemetery in France Cemetery in France

Lunch

Even though we had a fairly large breakfast, we stop for lunch early. Since we don’t feel like much we just order a salade de crabe surimi. We’re not sure what ‘surimi‘ means but figure it’s French so it has to be good…

French Menu

French Menu

Well, at least it looks pretty. And tastes okay too. But it turns out surimi isn’t some exotic French/Japanese method of preparing crab but instead translates as ‘simulated’.
crab simaru (simulated crab) salad

Canola fields: fake sunshine and they smell nice too!

We pass by fields of canola, bless their little genetically-modified hearts, they are like fields of sunshine on this grey day, and their pleasant floral scent invades the car.

canola fields flyby

canola fields fly by

Eventually we arrive in Arras, France. We hadn’t planned up on ending here – one could say that the weather drove us to it. At any rate, tomorrow we will be exploring the nearby Vimy Ridge and the WW1 Memorial, and hoping for better weather.

OUR TRIP SO FAR:
SOME VISITS TO A FEW TRADITIONAL BARS IN BRUSSELS:
MORE ON FAIRYTALE BRUGES (BRUGGE):
RAMBLINGS ON GHENT:
TO THE BELGIAN COAST:
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