Mini European road trip planning in our Belgium holiday farm house
Today as is the first day of the Olympics in London and here we are away from it all in Belgium!! After a good few years of not having a holiday due to little things that life throws at you, we finally have been able to have a break from work and daily routine and leave the country for a couple of weeks.
The old Ferry across the channel to Belgium- NO one in sight !
Initially we were going to rent a cottage in Suffolk, then it was France, but after exchanging forthcoming holiday travels with numerous friends, most of the people I talked to were going to France!! Since I was a kid (my Mother would very much agree on this one!!) there is always a part of me that wants to do the opposite to the others...so I mentioned to Matt ‘Why not turn Left and visit Belgium and Holland instead for our mini European road trip??? Matt got excited about the idea too, so within 48hrs we were doing our research through the net, looking at maps and travel books ! One worry that I had to deal with was our cats Kato and Woody!!! Who was going to look after them?? How would they cope?? Somehow it all worked out like magic and through mutual friends Glen and Judy our new friend appeared on our doorstep as we were leaving reassuring me over and over that it was all going to be OK, so thank you Holly for putting my mind at rest !!
Matt looking very pensive on our departure from England...
Having crossed the channel many times in my life with the ferry over to France and used to seeing many travellers on board I was amazed to see that we were NO more than 20 passengers, the boat was nearly an antique and there were only two crossings scheduled a day instead of one every hour; it made it all more delightful adventure!! On our arrival to Belgium we did a two hour car journey to the beautiful area of Wallonia, where we are staying in a gorgeous 250 yr old farm house in the rural village of Eprave.
Wallonia is a beautiful part of the country surrounded by mountainous landscape, river streams and tinny little stone built villages.
Local villages and interesting architecture
The villages are immaculately clean and consist of your local amenities together with a couple of beer gardens, French fries fast food shops, boulangaries and pastisseries with amazing eye candy as their essentials! We are certainly the only tourists with a foreign car number plate to go through these places which is very refreshing and what I have seen of Belgium so far has enamoured me with the country with a certainty of our return!
Country walks beckon in our local village surroundings
Tomorrow we depart our stay in the rural countryside whilst we take or journey to Brussels, Bruges and Ghent followed by Holland! Aux bientôt ! Until the next e-postcard !