Beers and Chocolates
Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
574Trip End Ongoing
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After a quick train ride, we arrived in France and hit the roads. It always is fun driving on the wrong side of the road, and not long after, we crossed the border into Belgium. Through the countryside we went, the old Commonwealth Cemetaries started to appear. It always gives me a feeling of pride in what they did nearly one hundred years ago. And then we pulled into Ypers. Car parked, bags dumped and we hit the streets. We had come here for the Christmas Markets and Lucy wanted to skate. Realistically, they shouldn't have bothered, they were rather shit. Lucy had her skates with her, so she dived onto the ice. Luckily for her, there was nobody on it, so she was flying around, spinning and doing little jumps. People August with Paul and Julie, it was hot, but this time, it was so cold, down to 3 !!! As soon as it was over, we found a café and ordered Flemish Stew. It was so thick and good and fattening. It went down a treat. And as this is the land of chocolate, I had the best chocolate mousse I have ever tasted. We washed it down with a hot chocolate and
For some unknown reason, I really do like this place. Was it the fact that we got a parking fine years ago, and we never paid it, or is it just quaint and the croques are awesome here? Questions to be answered another day. We parked the car and hit the roads. It has been over three years since I have been here, and we became lost straight away. As we wandered, we found another Christmas Market, it was slightly better than Ypers, but it was still pretty shit. There was however another skating rink, which was covered. It was closed, so we went for a croque and a beer. Once we had finished, the rink was now open, and Lucy wanted to go skating. I haven't been on the ice since we were in Paris last year when we skated on the Eiffel Tower, so I donned some hire skates and hit the ice. I hate hire skates and as I have previously explained, it is like wearing someone elses socks, that they have worn for the last week. Amazingly, I didn't fall over. I was chasing Lucy around, filming, videoing her, but she is way to fast for me, even when she skates backwards !!! That's the
Our next destination was to be Brugges. I really don't like this place. I can't explain it.Years ago, this was our first place that we saw in Belgium. Chocolate city, but full of tourists. Today was the same. This town should not be part of Belgium, it should be British. Why? The amount of Pommie voices that we heard, so it was lucky for us that we had our British Passports so we could pass as one of these fuckers !!! Right in the centre of the main square was another ice rink. Lucy had her skates and did contemplate having a skate, but it was so crowded, full of Poms actually, compared to Ghent. We went for a walk instead. Within an hour, I was Brugged out, so we left. Another problem with this place is that no matter how
Calais, now there is a shithole. I think that if you nuked the place, we would miss the cheap alcohol shops, but that is all. Is this the only reason for it's existence? Well, we went shopping to fill our boot up with wine and cheese. We had run out recently and needed to refill the old racks. You never know when people are going to drop around. So we did this. Onwards we went, back to the old customs booths. Lucy handed over the passports, and I started to get undressed. May as well get ready, as it happens everytime !!! Then we were waved through. Fuck it. I do like a good session of skin on skin !!!
As the train was pulling into the platform, a message came over. Please drive on the left and put your clocks back one hour. Rather pathetic really, as this is England. On another note, we did have a good weekend, but Belgium really should re-consider putting on Christmas Markets as there is only one country that can do it right and that is Germany !!!