Motorcycle Wanderings, General Travel, and a Weird Mix of Other Stuff

Quickie Re-cap

It’s been a busy, but fabulous, week. As I mentioned in my last post, we visited Brussels on Saturday. Sunday, we went to Bruges. Monday through Wednesday, we were in the UK. Today — Thursday — we are back in Belgium. But shortly, we are piling into a car with Annelies and Yves and driving down toward Switzerland. On Friday, we will arrive at our mutual friends’ house — Tammi and Martin. By then, another mutual friend, Heather, will have arrived at Tammi and Martin’s with her husband, Timo. Essentially, we’ll be having a big, grown-up slumber party.

I’ll share a few pics here while we wait for Yves to get home from work. If I run out of time, I’ll finish when I can.

In Bruges

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The largest square in Bruges.


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If you saw the movie, In Bruges, this is the Belfort tower the guys climbed.


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Buildings with the typical stepped facade across the square from the Belfort.


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Just a tiny sampling of some of the amazing architecture we’ve seen.


The United Kingdom

On Monday, Hubby and I left Annelies and Yves to their work and drove to Calais, France, which is where we caught a ferry to Dover, England. From there, we headed to Canterbury Cathedral. Wow, wow, wow. Then we were off to Oxford where I’d hoped, unfruitfully, to catch Annie Sloan at her shop. Our stop for the night was Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds.

Obviously, I have many more details and pics to share. One day.

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View from the starboard side of the ferry, looking north(ish).


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The cliffs at Dover really are very big and very white.


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Christ Church Gate


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Canterbury Cathedral


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One of many stunning architectural details inside the ginormous cathedral.


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ToadMama in front of THE Annie Sloan’s shop.


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I took this pic the next morning. Our beer glasses were still on the table.


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A river runs through the middle of the downtown.


To be continued. Sorry! I ran out of time. 🙂


  1. September 18, 2014    

    Beautiful photos! Waiting to hear more of the adventure. I’ve never even considered visiting Belgium in the past.

    • ToadMama's Gravatar ToadMama
      September 19, 2014    

      Richard, Belgium is a lovely country. I’ve only been to a few of its cities, but have visited several regions. If you’re curious, check out my Travels tab for our previous trip to Europe. The Ardennes in the east, where the Battle of the Bulge was fought, is also lovely. And the American cemeteries are quite interesting, too.

  2. shan's Gravatar shan
    September 18, 2014    

    Sigh. One day maybe I’ll actually get to “do” Europe…

    • ToadMama's Gravatar ToadMama
      September 19, 2014    

      Shan, I’m sure you will. Annelies and Yves would love to share Belgium with you. And soon you’ll have family living in Spain. If not all of Europe, you’ll at least get to see some of it’s high points.

  3. September 19, 2014    

    Glad you are having such a fabulous time. I am looking forward to the in-depth trip reports and pics.

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