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.
Windmill in Belgium
Cemetery in France
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…
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.
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:
- a 300 year-old bar in Brussels
- a la Becasse, a traditional pub in Brussels
- a la Mort Subite, a historic brasserie in Brussels
MORE ON FAIRYTALE BRUGES (BRUGGE):
- lunch at the Cambrinus
- tour of the Brewery in Bruges
- t’ Brugs Beertje in Bruges
- dinner at the Cambrinus
- warming up a chilly day in Bruges
- the Verdi B&B
RAMBLINGS ON GHENT:
- beer and museums on our first day in Ghent
- beer, food and museums on our second day in Ghent – Part 1
- Ghent SMAK exhibit, the conceptual Bulgarian artist Nedko Solakov
- beer, food and museums on our second day in Ghent – Part 2
TO THE BELGIAN COAST:
- off to a Photo Exhibition in Knokke-Heist
- a delicious (but soggy) evening in De Panne
- a morning tramping through the Belgian Dunes