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2011 Europe & Morocco

BIG 6 WEEK TRIP - ZURICH, GERMANY, BELGIUM, AMSTERDAM, PARIS, MOROCCO, SPAIN


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  • *Disclaimer. There are photos here that are from my previous travel site virtualtourist. VT has shut down. Please ignore that VT flag, thongs, VA's and other paraphernalia that may appear here.**

MY PHOTOS HERE ARE BEFORE ENTERING THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DSLR.
I PURCHASED MY TRUSTY CANON 60D AFTER HUBBY MADE ME JEALOUS WITH
HIS FANTASTIC PHOTOS ON THIS TRIP WITH HIS FIRST DLSR CAMERA :)

FAVOURITE PHOTO -

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HIGHLIGHTS PHOTO COLLAGE -

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THIS WAS OUR FIRST BIG OVERSEAS TRIP. 6 WEEKS THROUGH 7 COUNTRIES -
SWITZERLAND, GERMANY, BELGIUM, NETHERLANDS, FRANCE, MOROCCO & SPAIN.

I FOUND VIRTUALTOURIST.COM WHILST GOOGLING FOR OUR BIG TRIP.
SADLY VT IS NO MORE. I SPENT 16 YEARS ON THAT SITE AND IT WAS A SAD DAY
WHEN TRIPADVISOR BOUGHT OUT VT AND THEN AXED THE COMPETITION.
SO I HAVE NOW JOINED TRAVELLERSPOINT AND THIS IS NOW MY NEW HOME.

THE FURTHEST WE HAD BEEN BEFORE THIS TRIP WAS TAHITI FOR OUR 10 YEAR
WEDDING ANNIVERSARY IN 1989.
SO NOW, OVER 10 YEARS LATER, WE WERE ABOUT TO EMBARK ON OUR FIRST BIG
OVERSEAS TRIP.

EACH COUNTRY THAT WE VISITED HAD IT'S OWN UNIQUE FLAVOUR AND EXCITING
STUFF TO SEE AND DO. FOR INSTANCE US AUSSIES LOVE TO SEE BIG CHIMING
CLOCKS, CASTLES, PALACES, COBBLED STONE STREETS, CANALS AND WINDMILLS.
ALL OF THIS IS DIFFERENT TO US AS WELL AS DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE
ROAD, RIDING IN HORSE & CARRIAGE, RIDING CAMELS IN THE DESERT, SLEEPING
UNDER THE STARS IN THE DESERT ETC ETC...

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YES, THIS TRIP HAS MANY, MANY WONDERFUL MEMORIES AND RELIVING THEM
HERE.... ESPECIALLY IF YOU READ ALONG AND GIVE A LITTLE COMMENT HERE &
THERE MAKES IT ALL SO MORE SPECIAL :)

IF YOU HAVE READ MY OTHER BLOGS HERE YOU WILL ALREADY KNOW THAT
HUBBY AND I LOVE TO VISIT 'OFF THE BEATEN PATH' PLACES.
SOME OF THESE WE VISITED ALONG THE WAY WERE BAD WIMPFEN, ETTLIGEN,
MELPELBRUNN, BRAUBACH, TONGEREN, LIER, ESSAOUIRA, TORREMOLINOS,
RONDA AND VALENCIA.

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WE HIRED A CAR AND DROVE FROM ZURICH, THROUGH GERMANY, BELGIUM
AND INTO AMSTERDAM. OUR GOOD FRIEND FROM VIRTUALTOURIST BIRGIT
(bijo69) FLEW INTO ZURICH AND JOINED US FOR THE TRIP.
THE BEGINNING OF THE JOURNEY SAW US DRIVING OUT OF THE AIRPORT AT
ZURICH..... TOM TOM GPS THAT HUBBY AND I HAD PURCHASED BACK HOME
WAS UNFORTUNATELY STILL PACKED IN A SUITCASE IN THE BACK OF THE
HIRE CAR..... 1ST BIG MISTAKE.....

HUBBY AND I WERE LAUGHING AT THE SIGNS - AUSFAHRT :)
AND SUDDENLY..... DIDN'T KNOW WHERE WE WERE GOING........
MORE ABOUT THAT STORY LATER ;)

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Birgit and aussirose

Birgit and aussirose

BRUGES WAS ONE OF THE MANY HIGHLIGHTS FOR ME. I HAD NEVER HEARD
OF BRUGES BEFORE SEEING THIS PLACE ON VT. I WAS CAPTIVATED WITH THE
PURE ROMANCE OF THE PLACE AND CONSEQUENTLY IT WAS HIGH ON MY
LIST OF PLACES TO SEE.

THE BELGIUM BEERS WERE ALSO FANTASTIC ;)
HUBBY AND I LOVE TO TASTE LOCAL BEERS WHEREVER WE GO.
YOU NEED TO READ MY FUNNY STORY OF THE BEER TASTINGS IN BRUGES :)

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NOT ONLY WAS BRUGES EVERYTHING THAT I HAD IMAGINED, BUT I ALSO
DISCOVERED MORE FANTASTIC TOWNS IN BELGIUM LIKE TONGEREN, LIER
AND GENT.

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THE MOST AMAZING THING ABOUT TRAVEL SITES BESIDES DISCOVERING
'OFF THE BEATEN PATH' PLACES IS MAKING FRIENDS ALL AROUND THE WORLD.
THE BEST MEMORIES FOR HUBBY AND I WERE OF SPENDING TIME WITH OUR
FRIENDS THAT WE HAVE FORMED SO MANY FRIENDSHIPS WITH :)

ONE OF THOSE HIGHLIGHTS FOR ME WAS MEETING PJ & HIS LOVELY WIFE
SWANET IN AMSTERDAM. THEY ARRANGED THE BEST DAY OUT FOR US AND
I HAVE A TRIBUTE TO THAT LATER ON MY AMSTERDAM BLOG.

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ANOTHER AWESOME MEMORY WAS STAYING IN A HOUSEBOAT :)
THAT WAS TOTALLY AMAZING! COST A LOT, BUT IT WAS SO WORTH WHILE!!

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I HAVE BEEN IN LOVE WITH PARIS AND THE EIFFEL TOWER SINCE VERY YOUNG.
WHEN THE BIG PARIS MEET WENT UP ON VT, I COULDN'T TYPE FROM EXCITEMENT! :)
SO OUR WHOLE TRIP WAS PLANNED AROUND THE PARIS MEET.

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THE BIG PARIS MEET WAS AWESOME.... THE EIFFEL TOWER WAS EVEN MORE AWESOME....
BUT THE MOST AWESOMEST THING (new word invented by aussirose) WAS WHEN
HUBBY SURPRISED ME WITH AN ETERNITY RING AT THE VT DINNER IN A QUAINT
RESTAURANT NEAR THE EIFFEL TOWER!! :)
HOWIE!!.... I LOVE YOU!! XX
AND THEN WE WENT TO VIEW THE LIGHT SHOW AFTER. THIS WAS PURE HEAVEN!!!
AN EVENING OF MY LIFETIME THAT I WILL TREASURE FOREVER!! :)
IF YOU ARE READING THIS STEVE (stevemt) THANK YOU MY DEAR FRIEND!

PARIS TO ME IS THE CITY OF LOVE!!! XX

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BOTH HUBBY & I LOVE EXOTIC PLACES. SO IT WAS NO SURPRISE THAT WE BOTH PICKED
MOROCCO. WE FLEW FROM PARIS TO MARRAKESH FOR THE START OF OUR FIRST
AFRICAN ADVENTURE.

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OMG! IT WAS FANTASTIC!! MARRAKESH WAS AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE...
BUT OUR TRIP WITH HABIB WHO IS A FULL BERBER NOMAD AND OWNER OF
SAHARA-DESERT-DREAM.COM WAS INDESCRIBABLE!! THERE ARE TOO MANY MEMORIES
TO LIST HERE INCLUDING SLEEPING UNDER THE STARS IN THE SAHARA DESERT,
MEETING AND HAVING TEA WITH A NOMAD FAMILY IN THEIR CAVE, ENJOYING
AUTHENTIC LUNCH WITH HABIB'S FAMILY IN HIS HOME TOWN OF M'HAMID AND
GUNNING THE 4X4 THROUGH THE DESERT.... OVERTAKING OTHER 4 WHEEL DRIVES
AND RIDING CAMELS OUT OF THE DESERT.

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THE LAST COUNTRY THAT WE VISITED WAS SPAIN. THIS WAS HUBBY'S CHOICE.
I HAD HEARD THAT THE SOUTH OF SPAIN WAS NICE AND OF COURSE THE FIRST
PLACE THAT I THOUGHT ABOUT VISITING WAS BARCELONA AND SEEING THE
AMAZING GAUDI ARCHITECTURE - THAT WAS ANOTHER BIG HIGHLIGHT!

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HUBBY'S HIGHLIGHT WAS VISITING ALHAMBRA. HE STUDIED GARDENS AS
PART OF HIS HORTICULTURE DIPLOMA.

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BUT THE PLACE THAT CAPTURED MY HEART IN SPAIN WAS VALENCIA. I WISHED
THAT WE COULD HAVE SEEN MORE OF THIS PLACE.

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WE HIRED A CONVERTIBLE FOR THE FIRST TIME HERE IN SPAIN AND
DROVE AROUND THE HILLS TO VISIT RONDA - ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL PLACE THAT
I DISCOVERED WHILST READING TIPS ON VIRTUALTOURIST.

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THERE ARE A COUPLE OF REGRETS.... NOT SEEING MORE IN PARIS AND NOT
VISITING THE SOUTH OF FRANCE.
NEVER MIND...... THEY ARE ON MY PLAN FOR A FUTURE TRIP INCORPORATING
MORE OF SWITZERLAND AND ITALY INCLUDING ANOTHER ROMANTIC CITY....
VENICE :)

BUT FOR NOW.... MY BLOG IS ALL ABOUT OUR FANTASTIC ADVENTURE
THROUGH EUROPE AND MOROCCO.

SO GRAB A SNACK AND DRINK OR 3 AND BE PREPARED FOR A LAZY AFTERNOON
OR EVENING READING MY ENTERTAINING STORIES AND NICE PICTURES.

AND PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE A SMALL COMMENT :)

Posted by aussirose 22:13 Archived in Switzerland Tagged travellerspoint france germany spain & morocco europe belgium switzerland 2011 aussirose Comments (3)

TONGEREN, LIER, GENT BELGIUM

Big 6 Week Trip


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FAVOURITE PHOTO.

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TONGEREN

WE HADN'T PLANNED TO VISIT TONGEREN ON OUR ROAD TRIP THROUGH EUROPE.
WE WERE HEADED TO LIER FOR A SPECIAL VIRTUALTOURIST MEET AND WE HAD
ARRANGED TO PICK UP KSHEZZ (Kirsty) FROM HER HOME IN TONGEREN.

MY FIRST IMPRESSION OF TONGEREN WAS A SMALL TOWN THAT I IMMEDIATELY
FELT COMFORTABLE IN. THE PEOPLE HERE ARE WARM AND FRIENDLY AND THE
COUNTRYSIDE IS LOVELY.

FIRST TIME IN A NEW COUNTRY, YOU HAVE TO TRY A LOCAL BEER. THIS ONE
GRIMBERBEN WENT DOWN REAL WELL. A NICE INTRODUCTION TO BELGIUM
BEERS! :)

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OK, NOW WE'VE HAD A NICE COLDIE.... LET'S START WITH AN AUSSIROSE STORY.
STOP GROANING!!! ;)

WE WERE ON OUR WAY TO PICK UP KIRSTY FROM HER HOME IN TONGEREN
AND WE WERE DRIVING THROUGH SOME NICE COUNTRYSIDE AND INTO A
SMALL VILLAGE, THROUGH THE STREETS AND THEN HEADING OUT OF TOWN.

HEY... WAIT A MINUTE!!!!!!!
WE ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HEADING OUT OF TOWN????!
WE CAME TO A SCREECHING HAULT!! .... DUST SURROUNDED THE CAR.

IS THERE SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE TOM TOM?... !! WE AGAIN PUNCHED
IN KIRSTY'S ADDRESS AND HEADED BACK INTO THE SMALL VILLAGE TO WHICH
WE HAD JUST COME FROM..... TONGEREN.

STORY TO BE CONTINUED...... LATER.

THE GREAT MEMORY A LOT OF US HAD WITH VIRTUALTOURIST (Closed in Feb 2017)
WAS OUR FABULOUS VT MEETS. I HOPE THAT TRADITION WILL CONTINUE ON TP.
SO HERE WE ARE AT KIRSTY'S PLACE IN TONGEREN EXCHANGING HUGS :)
IT'S LIKE MEETING UP WITH AN OLD FRIEND AND SHARING NEW EXPERIENCES.
AWESOME!!
IT WAS A REAL PLEASURE MEETING YOU KIRSTY! xx NEVER A DULL MOMENT!
YOU ARE A LIVELY FUN LOVING PERSON AND SO EASY TO GET ALONG WITH :)

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WE ALL ENJOYED A WALK AROUND TOWN WITH THE BASILICA OF OUR LADY AND
LEARNING ABOUR THE STORY BEHIND THE AMAZING STATUE AMBIORIX IN THE
CENTRE SQUARE.

KIRSTY ALSO HAD SOME PRESENTS FOR US. MY FIRST TASTE OF BELGIUM
CHOCOLATES!! AND A KEY RING FOR HOWIE OF THE FAMOUS AMBIORIX.

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LIER

OUR FIRST CANAL EXPERIENCE! WE HAD A LOT OF FIRSTS THIS TRIP :)
WE HAD ALREADY EXPERIENCED, CLOCKS, TUDOR HOUSES, COBBLESTONE STREETS,
CASTLES AND A GRAND PALACE. NOW THE CANALS!! HOW BEAUTIFUL!!

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WHEN PLANNING OUR BIG TRIP THROUGH EUROPE I HAD GOOGLE MAPS UP
AND GOOGLE IMAGES AND OF COURST VT AS MY TRUSTY SOURCE OF INFO.
WE WERE DRIVING FROM BRAUBACH TO BRUGGE - TOO LONG TO DO IN 1 DAY.
I DISCOVERED LIER.

LIER HAS 3 BIG THINGS GOING FOR IT - AN INTERESTING CLOCK, SOME OLD
BUILDINGS IN A PLACE CALLED THE BEGUINAGE AND CANALS!!
LIER IS CALLED "LITTLE BRUGGES" :)

THE CLOCK WAS AMAZING!! I HAVE A THING FOR CLOCKS ;)
MY PRIDE AND JOY AT HOME IS MY GRANDFATHER CLOCK.
THIS UNIQUE CLOCK IN LIER WAS A MASTERPIECE!!
CALLED THE ZIMMER TOWER, IT WAS ACTUALLY PART OF THE OLD TOWN WALLS
AND THEN MADE INTO A CLOCK IN 1930 BY A VERY INGENIOUS FELLA CALLED
LOUISE ZIMMER.

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VT MASCOT AUSSIEBARNEY JUST LOVED LIER! BET YOU CAN GUESS WHY! LOL.
WHAT THE HECK HAVE SHEEP AND LIER GOT IN COMMON?.. I'LL EXPLAIN LATER....

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FIRST THINGS FIRST. THIS WAS A SPECIAL VT MEET. IT WAS MY 51st BIRTHDAY.
I WAS GOING TO SPEND MY BIRTHDAY IN A LITTLE VILLAGE IN EUROPE THAT I
KNEW NOTHING ABOUT..... WELL EXCEPT FOR THE LOVELY CANALS AND CLOCK.

TURNS OUT THAT I COUD NOT HAVE PICKED A BETTER PLACE!! AND THAT WAS
BECAUSE OF SOME FANTASTIC VT MEMBERS!! WHO MADE THIS A DAY TO
REMEMBER AND THE WEALTH OF INFORMATION THEY HAD TO SHARE WITH ME!

THANKS TO KSHEZZ (Kirsty), IRISBE (Dannie) AND EDDYMARIO (Eddy).
YOU GUYS ROCK!!! xxx

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Eddie, his lovely wife, good friend Birgit who was travelling with us,
aussirose, Kirsty and Dannie.

EXCHANGED HUGS ALL ROUND AND A COUPLE OF DRINKS AS US VT'ERS ARE
ACCUSTOMED TO.... AND WE WENT FOR A WANDER AROUND TOWN.

I HAD READ ALL ABOUT THE BEGUINAGE AND WAS EXCITED TO SEE IT.
A BEGUINAGE IS LIKE A CONVENT. IN THE OLD TIMES THERE WAS A SURPLUS
OF WOMEN AS A RESULT OF WAR WHICH TOOK THE LIVES OF MANY MEN.
THESE WOMEN FORMED COMMUNITIES WHERE THEY BECAME RELIGIOUS AND
TOOK ON THE LIVES OF NUNS. YOU COULD SAY THAT A BEGUINAGE IS
COMPARED TO A MONESTERY EXCEPT THE BEGUINES DID NOT MAKE VOWS
LIKE NUNS DO. THIS WAS TURNING OUT TO BE A MOST ENJOYABLE DAY!! :)

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BEER O'CLOCK AND PARTY TIME!! :)

EDDY AND DANNIE CHOSE A FABULOUS RESTAURANT FOR OUR PARTY!!
WE HAD A LOVELY VIEW OVER NICE GREENERY AND THE FAMOUS SHEEP STATUES.
THANK YOU FOR ORGANISING GUYS!!! YOU ARE AMAZING FRIENDS! xx
WE HAD AN AWESOME PARTY!!!

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STREETS OF LIER

EARLY NEXT MORNING WE TOOK A WANDER AROUND THE STREETS. IT'S A NICE
THING TO DO WHEN THE AIR IS COOL AND THERE'S NO ONE AROUND :)

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OPPOSITE THE RESTAURANT WE HAD PARTIED THE NIGHT BEFORE WAS A LOVELY
PAINTING PORTRAYING THE LIFE OF THE WOMEN IN THE OLD BEGUINAGE.
I AM BY FAR A HISTORY JUNKIE.... BUT I WAS ACTUALLY QUITE LIKING WHAT
I WAS LEARNING. LIER HAS A VERY INTERESTING HISTORY....

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OK.... NOW FOR A SHEEPISH STORY :)

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE INHABITANTS OF LIER ARE NICNAMED
"SHEEP'S HEADS"? THIS IS THE STORY BEHIND THE SHEEP STATUES THAT
YOU FIND AROUND TOWN.

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WAY BACK IN THE OLDEN TIMES THEY WERE ASKED WHAT THEY WISHED FOR -
A CATTLE MARKET OR A UNI?

YEP..... YOU GUESSED IT :) ................. AND LEUVEN, A PLACE DOWN THE ROAD
GOT THE UNIVERSITY.

THIS STORY DIDN'T MATTER TO AUSSIBARNEY. HE WAS JUST HAPPY TO MEET
SOME OF HIS FELLOW MATES. HE PICKED THE BLACK SHEEP TO SIT ON FOR A
RIDE ;) NO HIDDEN SECRET THERE...... LOL.

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SO WHILST AUSSIEBARNEY WAS BEING LED ASTRAY BY THE BLACK SHEEP.....
I GOT A LITTLE DISTRACTED MYSELF..... ;)

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WHOAA??.... HELL YEH!!!
THE CHIPPENDALES WERE IN TOWN!!!..... HOW COULD I HAVE MISSED THEM??!!!
HEY DANNIE !!!!!! GEE!!! :(

DESPITE MISSING THE CHIPPENDALES OUR VISIT TO LIER WILL DEFINITELY BE
ANOTHER GREAT TRAVEL MEMORY!! MADE ALL THE BETTER BY FANTASTIC
FRIENDS!! THANKS GUYS!! :)

PURE HOTEL LIER

WE STAYED AT THE PURE BED AND BREAKFAST. THIS PLACE IS THE MOST
CLINICAL HOTEL I HAVE EVER STAYED IN. EVERYTHING WAS NEW AND 'WHITE'
WITH LOTS OF CHROME FITTINGS. THERE WAS NO ATMOSPHERE HERE.
IT WAS AS CLEAN AS A HOSPITAL WITHOUT THE SMELL :)
MIGHT HAVE HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH CATERING MAILY FOR THOSE
THAT COME OUT OF THE SLEEZY DISCO IN FRONT OF THE HOTEL LOL.
BREAKFAST WAS GOOD THOUGH. DON'T THINK I'D STAY HERE AGAIN.

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GENT

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WELL WHAT AN AMAZING SURPRISE!! WE WERE NOT SURE WHAT TO EXPECT.
I HAD DONE NO RESEARCH AT ALL ON GENT. WE MADE A QUICK STOP IN GENT ON
THE WAY TO BRUGGES PURELY TO MEET A VERY OLD FRIEND OF MINE ON VT ERWIN.

ERWIN (Joeplaboam) HAD KINDLY OFFERED TO SHOW US AROUND HIS HOMETOWN
AND WHO WOULDN'T ACCEPT AN INVITATION LIKE THAT FROM A FRIEND I HAD KNOWN
FOR 13 YEARS ON VT :)

WE MET ERWIN AT A CAR PARK JUST OFF THE HIGHWAY AT THE HOLIDAY IN EXPRESS.
THAT'S A STORY IN ITSELF..... IN A MINUTE ----

WELL AS I SAID, GENT WAS A TOTAL SURPRISE AND HAS HEAPS TO OFFER!
MY FRIEND ERWIN WAS A FANTASTIC HOST AND MADE OUR SHORT STOP IN
GENT A TOTAL PLEASURE AND FANTASTIC MEMORY :)

THE HIGHLIGHT FOR ME IN GENT WAS OUR FIRST EUROPE CANAL EXPERIENCE.
IT WAS ALSO MY BEST CANAL TOUR OF OUR WHOLE EUROPE TRIP!!!
THIS WAS NOT ONLY DUE TO ERWIN'S COMPANY BUT ALSO BECAUSE OUR TOUR
GUIDE WAS SO ENTERTAINING AND FUNNY.

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GENT IS A POPULAR PACE FOR WEDDINGS. WE SAW 4 IN THE SHORT SPACE OF TIME
THAT WE WERE HERE. AND NO WONDER! THE BACKDROP WITH GORGEOUS OLD
BUILDINGS AND COBBLESTONE STREETS. WOW! WHO WOULDN'T WANT TO GET
MARRIED HERE!! :)

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OUT AND ABOUT WANDERING AROUND GENT WITH IT'S AMAZING BUILDINGS, ARCHITECTURE,
GREAT CATHEDERAL AND EVEN A CASTLE!! - GRAVENSTEEN! STUNNING!!

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AND THEN..... JUST WHEN WE THOUGHT IT COULDN'T GET ANY BETTER..... ERWIN TOOK US TO
THE AMAZING WERREGARENSTRAAT - GRAFFITI STREET!!!!

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OK.... BACK TO THE FUNNY AUSSIROSE STORY....
DONT!!! *** aussirose making stop hand signal ***
KEEP YOUR THOUGHTS TO YOURSELF!!!

WAS OUR TRUSTY GPS PLAYING TRICKS ON US?....
TOM TOM HAD HELPED US NAVIGATE BUSTLING CITIES, WINDY ROADS,
SMALL COBBLEDSTONE STREETS WITHIN OLD FORTRESS WALLS AND
WIDE OPEN COUNTRYSIDE. WE COULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS TRIP WITHOUT IT.
..... WELL EXCEPT FOR A COUPLE OF HICKUPS.

WE HAD TRAVELLED THROUGH THE GORGEOUS BELGIUM COUNTRYSIDE THE
PREVIOUS DAY TO PICK UP KIRSTY FROM TONGEREN AND TAKE HER WITH US
TO LIER FOR MY BIRTHDAY BASH. TOM TOM TOOK US RIGHT PAST KIRSTY'S
HOUSE AND OUT OF TOWN. WE THOUGHT AT THE TIME THAT IT WAS STRANGE.
BUT DIDN'T THINK ANYTHING MORE BECAUSE WE WERE EXCITED TO SEE KIRSTY.

SO HERE WE ARE DRIVING FROM LIER TO BRUGGES VIA GENT TO SEE ERWIN.
WELL GUESS WHAT?.... WE TOOK THE EXIT OFF THE HIGHWAY TO GENT....
THEN DID A LOOP AND RE-ENTERED THE HIGHWAY TOWARDS BRUGGES.

HUH??? WTF??!!!..............

THEN IT CLICKED!!! TOM TOM DIDN'T KNOW THAT WE ACTUALLY WANTED TO
STOP IN GENT!! STUPID GPS!!! LOL ;)

BY PUTTING IN 'VIA' - GPS WAS DOING JUST THAT..... TAKING US VIA.
HAHA.

BEER TIME!

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ERWIN TOOK US TO THIS PUB CALLED DULLO GRIET BAR WHEN THEY SERVE
OVER 250 BEERS!! HOOLEYDOOLEY !!!! :) CHEERS!!

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WESTMALLE WAS OUR FAVOURITE.

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DE KONICK - A NICE FULL BODIED BEER WITH A GOOD WHEATY TASTE.

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PECHERESSE, A BEER MADE OUT OF 30% PEACH JUICE. DIFFERENT... BUT STILL VERY TASTY.

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AS YOU CAN SEE HERE.... I AM TOTALLY HAPPY AFTER A COUPLE OF HOURS
SPENT IN GENT WITH OUR WONDERFUL HOST ERWIN :) :) :)

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHOWING US AROUND MATE. GENT WAS AMAZING!
AND YOU ARE THE BEST!! xx
I WOULD LOVE TO COME BACK AND EXPLORE SOME MORE.

NEXT STOP THE STUNNING AND ROMATIC BRUGGES.

Posted by aussirose 15:08 Archived in Belgium Tagged travellerspoint trip europe belgium gent lier 2011 aussirose tongeren Comments (4)

BRUGGES - NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER DREAM

Big 6 Week Trip


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FAVOURITE PHOTO

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HOW ROMANTIC!!

THIS IS STILL A FAVOURITE PHOTO! AND IT WAS TAKEN WITH MY POINT AND SHOOT
CAMERA AND I STITCHED TOGETHER IN PHOTOSHOP.

BRUGGES WAS ONE OF THE 1ST ON MY LIST OF PLACES TO SEE IN EUROPE.
I FELL IN LOVE WITH BRUGGES WHILST VISITING IAN'S (iandsmith) PAGES ON
VT. I SAW HIS NIGHT SHOTS AND IMMEDIATELY KNEW I WANTED TO VISIT!
THANKS MATE! :)

WE HAD ALREADY EXPERIENCED OUR FIRST EUROPE CANALS IN LIER AND GENT.
BUT THE CANALS HERE IN BRUGGES AT NIGHT WERE SOMETHING ELSE!! :)

AUSSIROSE MEETS BIG KWAK!
BIGGER THAN ANY CROC I HAVE COME ACROSS YET!

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I WAS GOBSMACKED!!! HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A BEER SO BIG!!
NOW THIS IS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!! ;)

BUT HOW IS AUSSIROSE GOING TO POLISH THIS OFF WITHOUT SPILLING IT
ALL OVER HER FACE AND EMBARRASING HERSELF IN PUBLIC?....!

WELL I DELICATELY LIFTED THE YARD GLASS OUT OF IT'S HOLDER AND
SIPPED IT. THERE WAS NO WAY I WAS GOING TO SPILL THIS THING ALL OVER
MYSELF!!...... LOL.

I DID THIS TECHNIQUE A FEW TIMES.... PRETENDING I KNEW WHAT I WAS
DOING.... ;) NO LIFTING THE LITTLE PINKIE.... I AM A PROFESSIONAL!!........

WELL THERE WERE SOME STRANGE LOOKS AT NEIGHBOURING TABLES
AND I THOUGHT..... WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?.... I'M DOING REAL GOOD HERE.
I HAVE NOT GOT A FACE FULL YET! THINK MY TECHNIQUE IS WORKING!!

WELL IT TURNS OUT THAT I WAS NOT DOING THIS IN STYLE AT ALL!
I WAS MAKING A TOTAL FOOL OF MYSELF AT EVERYONE'S EXPENSE LOL.

BUT THAT'S ALRIGHT BECAUSE AUSSIROSE IS USED TO BEING A DUMB
BLONDE QUEENSLANDER LOL. :)

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THIS IS WHAT I SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING.... LIFTING UP THE WHOLE
WOODEN FRAME AND YARD GLASS AT THE SAME TIME. THIS NICE WAITER
TOOK PITTY ON ME AND CAME OVER TO HELP LOL ;)

WELL AFTER I MASTERED IT.... FOLLOWED BY A FEW LAUGHS ALL ROUND
INCLUDING ME, I POLISHED OFF MY BEER TO A ROUND OF APPLAUSE!! :)
AND JUST HAD TO GET A PHOTO OF MY KWAK BEER DRINKING TEACHER!!

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WELL BY THIS TIME I NEEDED A DISTRACTION FROM MY FALIURE.....
AND I GOT IT!!!! LOL :)

WHAT SORT OF HEAD IS THAT HOWIE?!! ....... CHUCKLE..... SNIGGER SNIGGER ;)
WHERE'S THE BEER?....!! NOW DRINK THAT!! LOL.

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HUBBY PRIDES HIMSELF ON POURING A GOOD BEER. BUT I THINK THESE
BELGIUM BEERS HAVE CERTAINLY GIVEN BOTH OF US A GOOD CHALLENGE!

OK SAYS HUBBY..... ENOUGH OF THE SILLY STUFF, LET'S CHECK OUT THE MENU.
WELL THAT JUST CREATED MORE LAUGHTER ON MY SIDE!! HAWHAWW!
NOW WHO IS THE LOOSER!!! PFFT!! I LOST IT TOTALLY!!! HAHAAAA...

THE STAFF COULDN'T HAVE BEEN MORE HELPFUL AND WE HAD A NICE TIME
ENJOYING OUR SURROUNDINGS AND PEOPLE WATCHING.

BRUGGES IS SUCH A ROMANTIC PLACE. I LOVED THE CANALS AND NIGHT LIGHTS.

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BRUGGES IS SO MUCH MORE!! IT HAD HORSE & BUGGIES TOO!
WHAT A LOVELY WAY TO SEE THE SIGHTS AND EQUALLY ROMANTIC!
WE DIDN'T DO THIS AS THE LINE UP WAS TOO LONG. WE DID HOWEVER
RIDE HORSE AND BUGGE ELSEWHERE ON OUR TRIP BUT THAT'S ANOTHER STORY.

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WE TOOK A FEW MINUTES TO SIT AND ENJOY THE DUCKS AND SWANS ON THE
CANAL FRONT. THIS WAS A NICE QUIET PART OF THE CITY WITH LOTS OF
TREES AND SHADE.

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OK.... FUNNY AUSSIROSE STORY.

AND YOU THOUGHT THAT MY BEER DRINKING TECHNIQUE WAS FUNNY!! ;)

THIS IS THE MAIN SQUARE IN BRUGGES. HUBBY AND I STAYED IN A
BEAUTIFUL BED AND BREAKFAST ABOUT 20MIN CASUAL STROLL FROM
THIS CENTRE SQUARE. MORE ABOUT THE B&B IN A MINUTE....

ON OUR FIRST DAY WE DECIDED TO HIRE THE B&B BIKES TO TAKE THE
FAST TRIP INTO TOWN. NO PROBLEM! AUSSIROSE WAS AN ACCOMPLISHED
BIKE RIDER ..... YEARS AGO........ ;)

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THESE DANISH BIKES HOWEVER WERE BIG! MINE WAS A BIT TOO BIG!!
OF COURSE I HAD NO PROBLEM MOUNTING IT!.... ;)
RIDING.... NO PROBLEM.... LOL.

BUT GETTING OFF..... WAS JUST A SLIGHT PROBLEM.... HAHA.

NOTHINNG LIKE A CRASH LANDING IN THE CENTRE SQUARE OF BRUGGES!
IN FRONT OF THE HORSE AND BUGGIES AND CROWDS LOL ;)

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OUT COMES THE VIOLINS.......
NO, JUST THOUGTH I'D THROW THAT IN FOR EFFECT ..... HEHEE.

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SPEAKING OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.... THIS FELLA WAS IN THE NEXT STREET.
I REALLY ENJOYED HIS VIOLIN AND TRUMPET PLAYING.
HE WAS A REAL TALENTED GUY.

SO AFTER MY IMPRESSIVE TOUCHDOWN INTO THE CENTRE SQUARE ......
HUBBY AND I TOOK A WANDER AROUND THE STREETS, TAKING IN THE
LIVELY ATMOSPHERE AND TOURIST ATTRACTIONS. BRUGGES IS A VERY BUSY
TOURISTY PLACE.

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BRUGGES CANALS

GOING ON A CANAL TOUR IN BRUGGE WAS ON MY 'MUST DO LIST!! :o)
WE HAD ALREADY EXPERIENCED A SURPRISE CANAL CRUISE IN GENT.
SO I HAD SOMETHING TO COMPARE THIS WITH. ALTHOUGH BOTH HAD
SIMILAR NICE SIGHTS.... GENT WINS! YOU'LL HAVE TO CHECK OUT MY
GENT BLOG TO FIND OUT WHY ;)

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VT MEET

LOVELY SARAH (crazypaws) WHO ORGANISED OUR MEET UP.
THANKS A MILLION SARAH FOR A FANTASTIC JOB!! WE ALL
ENJOYED OURSELVES IMMENSLEY! xx

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ATTENDEES WERE BELL (titabell), DANNIE (irisbe), CAROLINE (B_Caro)
AND IAN-GRACE (kylian74).
OH AND AUSSIEBARNEY (WHO STOLE THE SHOW) AND THOSE
NAUGHTY VA'S (THE PLASTIC PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD
THAT WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE ATTENDED IN PERSON...
NEXT BEST THING.... VIRTUAL ATTENDEE... OR VA AS WE
AFFECTIONALLY CALLED THEM,)

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BELL - YOU HAD BEEN MY FRIEND FOR A LONG TIME ON VT AND
IT WAS A HIGHLIGHT TO FINALLY MEET YOU!! WHAT A WARM
RECEPTION YOU GAVE HOWIE AND I. AND YOUR EYES LIT UP
WHEN YOU SAW OUR VA'S HANSI, LORI, DORRISE AND REXY xx.

DANNIE - YOU CAME TO MY BIRTHDAY BASH IN LIER! WHAT AN
AMAZING TIME WE HAD!! AND THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ALSO
COMING TO BRUGGES!! xx

CAROLINE - YOU HAD A WARM AND BUBBLY PERSONALITY!
WHO WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO YOU! WE HAD A
FABULOUS TIME :)

IAN-GRACE - YOU CAME ALONG WITH YOUR HUBBY AND LITTLE
BABY GIRL WHO WAS SO CUTE!!..... YOU CAME FROM 3 HOURS
AWAY! I AM SO PRIVILEGED TO HAVE MET YOU AND YOUR LITTLE
FAMILY! DON'T STOP SMILING AND ENJOYING LIFE TO THE FULL!!
xx

AGAIN.... SARAH.... LOOKING FORWARD TO SHOWING YOU AROUND
PERTH WHEN YOU VISIT US SHORTLY IN JULY 2017!! HUGS xx

BRUGGES ACCOMMODATION - ELEVEN BED AND BREAKFAST

I WOULD RECOMMEND TO STAY HERE. OUR HOSTS WERE
ATTENTATIVE BUT ALSO GAVE US OUR SPACE. PARKING WAS
NOT TOO FAR AWAY. WE HAD THE USE OF THE BIKES TO RIDE INTO
TOWN.... ABOUT 7 MINUTES AWAY. GREAT LOCATION.
BREAKFAST WAS NICE!

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BRUGGES EXCELLED EVERYTHING I HAD IMAGINED!

NEXT STOP - AMSTERDAM AND A STAY ON A HOUSEBOAT,
FUN AT THE HEINEKEN EXPERIENCE, WINDMILLS...
BOATS, BIKES AND BOOZE -
PLUS MEETING PJ, SWANET, DILA AND MARY.

Posted by aussirose 02:01 Archived in Belgium Tagged trip europe belgium brugges 2011 aussirose travellerspoiint Comments (4)

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