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Flag of Belgium  , Hainaut,
Monday, April 16, 2012


We crossed the border into Belgium and it was as memorable border crossing as passing from Nottinghamshire into Derbyshire.  In fact the border sign was smaller!!!

First impressions of Belgium - very flat!

We arrived at Tournai and a few minutes later we were at the camp site and had our first view of 'Calypso' and what a beast it is.  A converted Mercedes lorry with...............well I will let the photo's tell the description! 

After an official introduction from Rogan and Helen we were give our various duties.  I have been given 'bar' duty togther with Jason who is also my tent buddy.  Basically we are in charge of the beer and wine stock and have rseponsibilty for keeping the bar stocked and collecting monies in for replenishing the stock! 

Jason and myself managed to get the tent up without to much trouble and then it was time for a bit of a walk.  We soon established that there wasn't much in Tournai.  But we did find where the one and only bar was that was within easy walking distance of the campsite.

After a great first dinner, thanks to Rogan, 7 of us decided to hit the pub which was called Le Petit Pelican ( The Little Pelican).

On walking in the first thing that hit us was the smoke.  Either the smoking ban hasn't been adopted in Belgium which I very much doubt, or the Pub has just chosen to ignore it!

The beer was nice and the price was good at about 1.25 euros for a half pint.

There were 7 or 8 locals in the bar who looked as if they were enjoying  themselves.  Although I suspect that it might have been the Tournai 'Swingers' association Sunday night out from what was going on!!!!

After a couple of drinks the girls in the group, Jody, Cher and Betsy left us to catch up on their 'beauty' sleep.

So that left Jason, Gareth, Ryan and myself who after several 'one for the roads' eventually left and wandered back to the campsite.  Take note that I have stated wandered and not staggered.  I am sure that will come later!!!

After a reasonably comfortable night under canvas, my first in over 20 years, I was up at 6.30am.

At this time we are on the road driving towards Germany and Cologne where we expect to get to in a couple of hours.

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Sam Wilson on

LOL. They've put the fox in charge of the chicken coop!

H on

trust you to get Bar Duty

Julie Moore on

They got the measure of you straight off eh! Loving the updates keep them coming cos I can't wait to hear what you're up to!

hazel buxton on

love to read your updates, sounds a great holiday. Have been in touch with Hyacinth and are going to visit next weekend. Have a great holiday

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