Belgium?

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  1. RollingRog

    RollingRog Read Only Funster

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    Ok so we,re getting ready to go to France next week when other half says ' Oh I would,nt mind going to Belgium or Germany for a change', so here,s the thing, never been that way, have no idea about camp sites etc, up the creek without a paddle!

    So guy,s where do you suggest? :Smile:
     
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    I like Belgium,great beer,mussels and cafe bars. Try a tour of the breweries and bars. Lots of info on the net, just Google Belgium brewery tours. Some really nice towns and beaches too. Oh they make the best chips in Europe, forget French fries.
     
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    We spent a week touring around Belgium and Luxemburg in February, had a fantastic week just mooching about, stayed on Aires which were all really good, each one being completely different from being right on the beach at Westende Bad to one which was a five minute walk to the centre of Brugge town.
    Wherever you end up Enjoy!
     
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    Belgium is highly underrated as a country to visit. Most people are just passing through it to get somewhere else.

    In the north Brugge is the city to visit. They call it the Venice of the north. The WW1 battlefields and the Menin Gate.

    In the south are the Ardennes which also stretches into Luxembourg, Germany and France and well worth a few days touring.

    The Flemish Belgians often speak English are very friendly. The French Belgians slightly less so and not so hot on speaking English.

    Germany has the Stellplatz which is the equivalent (almost) of the Aire De Camping car.

    Get yourself onto the Vicarious Books site and spend a bit of money on the right books and get some POI's on campsites, Aires etc on your satnav.

    Belgium is well worth an extended visit.

    Pete:Cool:
     
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    First stop Ypres in Belgium. Not far from Calais or Dunkirk for a first stop and there is a municipal campsite in the centre of town.
    Visit the menin gate at 6pm for the memorial service - it's every night. Lots of historical things to see in the town or do as we did and splash out on a minibus tour to see things in the surrounding countryside, well worth the money.
     
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    hi

    we did dunkirk to belgium followed by germany last sept.. spent a month on the road.. it was so easy to do as the continent seems to cater so much for motorhomes far more than this country,, from memory we spent time in gent and brugge then down the rhine and up the mossel in germany.. most stellplatz/aires are on the map and a good book to buy is on the vicarious books website... got all the locations and facilities within...

    hope it helps jon
     
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    cheers for the info sounds good, by the way I like your do as you likeys logo!!
     
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    I have just got back a couple of days ago. to be honest I found the state of the roads in Belgium appaling, full of potholes including the motorways. Aires were few and far between ( we had a copy of camperstop.) Not a lot of wilding places and hardly a layby in sight but maybe I was not looking hard enough. Germany was much much better and well recomended. The scenic tour of the Mosel vally starting at Trier is much recommended, after filling the tank in Luxemburgh of course at 1.275€ a litre and if you smoke stocking up on the weed. Give it a go you will love it.
     
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    Brugge/ghent/(lovely cities)/bastogne -great museum (battle of the bulge) luxembourg for cheap fuel, Boppard/koblenz area in Germany are all great places to visit
     
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    About 7- weeks ago we got off the ferry with the only planned bit of a week touring around being --- staying one night at camping Memling in Brugge.. Small and quiet site with regular buses ( think it was € 3 return ) to Brugge town centre . Fascinating town to wander around , loads of sights to see, museums , art galleries etc . One of our favourites actually.

    From there to Trier , staying on a stelplatz , think that was about €7 per night.Town was fine to have a wander around . Enjoyable company on the Stelplatz . ..... From there we intended going to Koblenz ...... Ended up at Bernkastel Keus , beautiful place , like stepping back in time .Staying on a large Stelplatz at Enkirch , about 20 Km away .... Stelplatz at rivers edge next to hillside vineyards , glorious weather , € 7 per night , just stayed put and thoroughly chilled out , didnt see the point of doing more miles when we were quite content there . You would be spoilt for choice regarding Stelplatz , they are every couple of Kilometres .

    Returning for ferry , stayed on the aire next to Brugge bus station . Thats quite a pricey stay ,, € 22 per night , summer rates , But very easy walk to the town centre... boat restaurant ( mayflower) next to the aire is well worth a visit.....

    Finished off on the aire at Gravelines , which is about a 15 minute drive to Dunkirk ferry .
     
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    Brugge is my favourite European city and camping me ling is in an excellent location

    Have a good trip :thumb:
     
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    Belgium suffers from travel snobbery = you're going where?! Then: name a famous Belgian, chips 'n' mayonnaise, can't form a government, etc etc. Excellent - means that fewer people go there and clog the place up.
     
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    The best thing about Belgium is that everone else just passes through it, leaving it for us that know it to enjoy it in peace.
     
  14. Heyupluv

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    FRANCE........full stop.....been, done it......not do it again......stick to your first choice France:thumb:

    Why do you think all the GERMANS come to France in the summer and Spain, Portugal in the WINTER:Doh::Wink:
    Mel
     
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    :Doh:..............a sad place no wonder every body passes through it :Rofl1::Rofl1: ...even the Belg end up in France:Doh:

    Mel
     
  16. Chris

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    I like Belgium.

    I like the beaches , the beer and the cigarette prices :thumb:
     
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    Yes I have to agree on that TREACLE...Belgium the Beer is good and the cigarettes are cheap...:Wink:
     
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    Spud'n't (Tony).......Like your Avatar........Great ....:thumb: We all have to use the lavy sometime....Good job you was there at the royal chamber with your camera at the ready:Wink::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:......Good Yorkshire humour....love it.

    Mel
     
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    Which unfortunately only goes to show your lack of knowledge of Belgium. But keep on.....
     
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    I have a slightly sneaky feeling somehow that Mel may be a bit biased.

    Nothing OTT, just a tad ........ :Rofl1:
     

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