• Time to say goodbye…

    We said goodbye to Bruges in the early hours of the morning and drove to Dunkirk to catch the ferry back to the UK. Before we even reached the ferry we had the holiday blues. We were excited to see our family and friends, but we were sad to say goodbye to our first adventure together. Sad to say goodbye to living in our VW Sharan that had become our happy home for the past 3 months. And perhaps most sad about having to say goodbye to our life on the road, driving from city to city, and country to country, exploring new cultures, cities and people. On the plus…

  • Feeling Festive

    On our last full day we spent the morning at camp, cleaning the car, equipment and tent, to pack it all up for our final drive home. Later in the day we took our last stroll into the city centre for a final look around. At the time of our visit all the Christmas markets were being set up and all the Christmas lights were being put up, we began to feel very festive! We did a bit of late night window shopping, and had a drink, but it was an early night for us, as we had to catch an early ferry the next day.

  • In Bruges…

    In Bruges we experienced our first campsite in 3 months where we did not see one member of staff the whole time we were there! We arrived and booked ourselves in by machine, we printed our own wifi codes (again from a machine), and we only spoke to the members of staff via the intercom on the entry gate. The campsite was basic but a really nice place to end our trip. On our first trip into the centre we went to a tiny local bar called De Garre, to try the house beer. The city was full of small bars and chocolate shops, we could have walked around there…

  • Our second to last city!

    On our last day we went in to the city and found it looked very different during the day. We walked through a small market and stopped for lunch in a tiny pizza restaurant. The city had a really old feel, with narrow streets, old stone buildings, and a small system off canals that reminded us of our time in the Netherlands. It was our second to last destination before heading home and we were starting to feel it, but we were very excited to end our amazing trip in Bruge!  

  • Belgian Beer Research

    We struggled to find a campsite in Ghent as everything was beginning to close for the winter. Luckily we found one that was open for just two more days, and they were happy for us to stay. The town centre was a short bus journey away, so we went in to the city to try a few more Belgian beers, we were making sure to do extensive beer research while in Belgium. We weren’t convinced by the feel of the city at night, but we found a nice quiet bar to sit and have a drink on our first night.  

  • Antwerp at night

    We arrived in the town square at night, it was a beautiful site, busy and brightly lit. I had read about a small local bar serving over 100 of the best Belgian beers. The bar – Paters Vaetje – was tucked away behind the cathedral and was very small. Inside it was dimly lit, and busy, but the atmosphere was cheerful. Before we left we asked our waitress what beers she would recommend, so sweetly she wrote us down a list of her favourite beers and a little bit about each of them. In Antwerp we also discovered that chocolate and waffles weren’t the only Belgian foods that were popular,…