And just like that (snap of fingers) our time in Belgium is over. It’s been kind though, the weather has been amazing, the campsites great. But most of all the people are lovely.
There’s a lot on offer in Belgium, besides the obligatory beer, chocolate and fries. Beautiful landscapes; the big skies and flat landscapes of the North give way to rolling hills with deep valleys and pine tree covered peaks in the South. A walker’s and cyclist’s dream. And there’s no-one here? The sites are virtually empty and we’ve got parks, swimming pools, roads and cafés pretty much all to ourselves.
A trip to Antwerp reminded us that we are not really ’city’ folk. The drive through the centre was laden with every kind of potential collision, be it pedestrian, cyclist, car, bus or tram! The only place I’ve ever seen the traffic lights go green at the same time as the ‘walking man’ for pedestrians. Every junction is a kind of lottery whether either of you will make it.
Out in the country it’s been backpacks, picnics and walking sticks. As a family we’re already racking up the ‘firsts’ and using each as a chance to teach the kids. What we don’t know Google provides! WWII bomb craters and a hidden radio bunker. Toadstools (but no Ben & Holly). Logging machines working in the forest. Red Squirrels. Eating wild blueberries as we go.
It appears we also have one of the worlds few nocturnal Labradors (who new!) Branston, who used to spend is nights downstairs in the kitchen; leaving us peaceful upstairs, now sleeps (or rather doesn’t sleep) at the foot of our bed. So we are experiencing all his night time rituals, including the apparent need to clean at length, every crevice, crease and fold during the night.
One last thing…Belgium please choose a language and stick to it! You start a conversation in French, finish it in German and say it all with a Dutch accent, whilst changing the ratio of each depending on the region. Just make a decision eh?
We’ve now moved onto Luxembourg and after 24 hours can already tell this is place is going to be fun. Small and beautiful…let’s explore.