Friday, August 20, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
We caught the train after checking out of our Brussels hotel. It was an easy walk to the station from the hotel and we had purchased tickets the day before.
The train station in Amsterdam is downtown, and we found the correct commuter train (more of a light rail with overhead power lines) fairly easily and in about 10 minutes were at the hotel.
We found the door under our hotel name sign, got buzzed in and climbed two flights of stairs to check in.
So many European hotels are actually in the upper floors of unsuspecting buildings containing restaurants, shops and bars, etc. on the ground floors.
Saw the Anne Frank House Museum, which was very moving.
Posted by skulker at 12:22 PM
Monday, July 12, 2010
After a very pleasant and relaxing walk around Bouillon and seeing fisherman in the Semois River it was time to board the bus for the final journey back to Brussels.
We stopped at the Beer Museum in Lustin with an amazing tasting room and glassware collection - and did the friendly (in French) owner ever bring out the rare stuff for our group to try. And we bought some special ones to take back home, such as a Millenium Gauze.
The Proprietor - what a character he was!
Late afternoon some of us went to visit the Brasserie Cantillion Brewery for a quick tour and samples before it closed for the day.
We stayed at the same hotel as the start of the trip - Carrefour de l’Europe in Brussels.
Our group Farewell Dinner was at the Restaurant Restobieres in Brussels, which is a specialty (aren't they all) beer themed restaurant - not to be missed!
Posted by skulker at 5:51 PM
After lunch in town, and shopping at the beer store (all Belgian beers) we went on a kayak trip about 20km down the Semois River. What a blast, it rained the entire time, we were soaked and fought each others paddle strokes almost the whole way. With all the zig-zagging we probably went 30km! At the end not only was our ride back there (the owner of the kayak rental company), but a superb Belgian barbeque (cooked by the owners wife) complete with many many assorted Belgian brews! Yummy!
The Hotel Cosy was up on a hill and it was quite a climb to go home after being on the town.
Posted by skulker at 5:11 PM
This morning we left Tournai and visited the Brasserie Dupont - famous for it's Saison style beers which can be found at specialty beer stores in the US. Moinette is one of their famous ones.
Lunch and beer in Dupont's eating place on the brewery grounds, called Les Caves DuPont
One local wanted to trade t-shirts with one of our tour members - and did, all in French.
Saving the Yeast for the next batch.
View out back of the brewery. Truly farm country.
And after visiting parts of the Monastery and grounds
It's just down the road as there is no drinking at the Monastery itself
Posted by skulker at 1:00 PM