Mousy's Valentine weekend sans Moho in Bruges..

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  1. Mousy

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    It started with a very kind offer from @DavidG58 of an unused tunnel crossing, we decided to leave the Moho at home and stay in a Hotel. We'd been to Bruges years ago and with Martins sister living in Belguim we very quickly had a plan. A cheeky weekend away which happened to fall on Valentine's Day :rolleyes:

    I acted as chauffeur so Martin could work as we made the 4 1/2 hour trip to Dover, it felt strange to be going away in a car, we arrived at the tunnel at least an hour early, which normally isn't a problem, but we really missed the lack of on board facilities...no kettle, no fridge...we sat looking at each other until Martin jumped out to enquire about crossing early. 10 minutes later we were on the train!

    Again it felt weird not to be in the van, a much lower ceiling on the train, no cheese and pickle sandwiches, no loo, I was really missing the Moho! An hour later we were in Bruges, 3 trips around the one way system and over the same bridge at least twice to find the hotel. Finally realising the advantage of being in a car! I think there is an aire in Bruges but I hope it's on the outskirts, no way would our Hymer fit in these streets.

    We woke up to the sound of a chiming clock and church bells. I thought I heard the clip clop of horses feet, turning to Martin I said "do you think that's a horse and carriage?", "well, he replied I don't think it's a man outside with a hollow coconut!"

    The weather was gorgeous..sunshine and not too chilly. Living in Wales we haven't seen the sun for months so this dryness was welcome.

    A boat ride on the canals..

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    Bruges is just full of beautiful old buildings..
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    A quirky old bike..
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    When I asked Martin if he fancied some anal action he nearly choked on his Belguim waffle until he noticed this poster..

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    We spent the day just wandering around in the sunshine, really enjoying getting lost in the back streets, Bruges is busy even on a chilly February day but with some lovely meals and copious sampling of the local beer we've had a great day.

    Off to Ghent tomorrow.
     
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    Enjoy your weekend.
    We love Bruges.
     
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    Valentines Day is the 14th sunday:?:)
     
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    Yes, don't say you haven't been warned..
     
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    I miss it at my peril:unsure:
     
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    What a surprise to see an unexpected post from Bruges - have you found any lace Pashminas? ;)

    Have a wonderful weekend - you deserve it - plenty of Waffles, Belgian chocolate, and beer! xx
     
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    Have a lovely weekend looks beautiful. (y)
     
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    Have a great weekend! Chips,chocolate and beer what's not to like!!we went after watching the film "In Bruges " so could spot the locations where it was filmed! ( weird film though!).
    Love the photos ! Ours were all out of focus I blame the camera Rob blames the beer!
     
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    and blue skies as well :) we should have stayed north, possibly only had 4 hours blue sky so far in 7 nights in France :(

    Have a great time

    David and Bev xx
     
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    Hi Mousey.
    Hope you have a great time. This is our favorite restaurant, sells the very best ribs amongst other lovely meals set in quite a quirky place, we love it. Just a short walk from the main square.
    Gran Kaffee De Passage, Dweersstraat 26, 8000 Brugge, Belgium
    enjoy
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    Oh dear David, another blue sky day for us, hope the sun makes its way to you. We are off to Ghent today, will report back later.

    Yes Anthea, lots of chips, chocolate and beer is being consumed, well it would be rude not too!
     
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    Thanks for that Nic, we will try and book for tonight.
    We are staying at the crowne plaza hotel just off the Burg. So a drunken stagger home for us.
     
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    We went to Ghent today to meet up with Martins sister and her husband, they live near Brussels. They booked us all into this restaurant

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    It was a lovely building an old fish pack house (hence the name).

    We had oysters, which I love but always worry I'm going to see them again later....

    It was abit posh for taking photos of the food so here's a pic of the bathroom sink....in the shape of a mussel shell

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    Only took me 10 mins to work out the tap is operated by a foot pedal:doh:

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    We had a great lunch of too many courses and it was lovely to catch up with all the family news. They both laughed at Martins attempts to speak French and explained that unless he spoke fluent Flemmish (he doesn't) then it's best to speak English!
    They both nearly pissed themselves laughing when the waiter came back and Martin started speaking English but with a French accent...he sounded like Peter Sellers in the pink panther, but also weirdly Jewish. :eek:
    I told them that at lunch yesterday the waiter thought we were Norwegian. :D

    Sadly our run of good weather has ended and we came out to rain, so a swift trip back to Bruges..where it is also raining but that's ok as the rugby is on so we are happy in our suite (did I mention we were up graded?)

    Before we came away I got into a panic thinking that all the restaurants would be booked for valentines meals and we would be wandering around Bruges in the cold holding onto our empty tummies, pressing our little faces against the Windows peering longingly at people eating. So we asked the hotel if they could book a table somewhere for us tonight.

    "No problem" they said "we have made a reservation for you at ....." (Something foreign sounding).

    After our enormous lunch we rang down to cancel, just as well as I've goggled it and the set menu was £120 each! Without wine!

    Frites and beer round the corner later then!

    Nic, we tried to get into your place but they are fully booked, however, if we go at 9.00pm they may be able to do something for us, so we will see how we feel later.

    Wales are playing well 27/16 at 75:24 so all in all another good day. (y)

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    The Aire in Bruges is just off the centre at the side of the canal it`s really nice and clean the price goes up on March 1st as it is summer season
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    Do you know how much it is? Will be wasp? Thanks. We would love to come back in the Moho (avoid driving in the old town though!).
     
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    We're at the aire now and it's fine. No issues at all. Google thinks it's a 15-20 minute walk to the middle of town.
    There's a Carrefour, a Dominos Pizza and a bar/brasserie place about 400 yards away.
     
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    €19 a night now and €25 in high season.

    There's water and 6A electric.
     
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    Enjoy yourselves, let's hope the weather improves, although we are having a great time regardless...aided by the local beer!
     
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    Weather forecast is crap tomorrow and better from Monday. (y)
     
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    Just our luck we go home on Monday!
     
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