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Sep 29, 2007

Cosmos- Cosmopolitan Europe 07

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Setting off from London we travelled by bus to Dover to catch the ferry to Calais, where we met our tour guide Erik and Ricci our bus driver. As soon as luggage and people were  sorted, we set off for Brussels. Hotel Martin's Central Park has really comfortable modern rooms and a great start for the tour! The night tour of Brussels included the Royal Palace, Triumphal Arch & Museums, EU Headquarters & the park of the crafts Botanical Gardens. ON the walking tour we saw Mannequin Pis (of course!) and the cobbled Market Square which is surrounded by the impressive guild Halls. We did the touristy thing of trying fruit beers (cherry) and of course waffles with belgian chocolate and cream- delish!
We headed for Germany next and the village of Boppard to cruise the Rhine. What a georgeous, fun place! They had a Wine Festival on that day with lots of music, food and wine. We visited their Xmaas shop and had bratwurst and fritz for lunch with the locals, we didn't want to leave! But cruising down the Rhine sitting on an open topped boat with a glass of wine enjoying the picturesque scenery was pretty good too!
we spent the night in Wurzburg and on to Nuremburg. I thought Nuremburg was lovely with its market square with colourful fruit, veggies and flower stalls, and the people we so friendly. The ornate Church of St Lorenzo is impressive with its many carvings and friezes and 2 fine spires. We had coffee and Laubasch gingerbread, a specialty in the area.


Calais port,
Calais
On the road to
Calais port, FranceCalaisOn the road to Brussels
Belgian
Palais de Justice
Bigger in area than St. Peter’s in Rome, the city’s law courts were built in Neo-Classical style using the profits of colonialism, and completed in 1833. The impressive structure rules the Brussels skyline and can be seen from almost any vantage point in the
Belgian farmPalais de Justice Bigger in area than St. Peter’s in Rome, the city’s law courts were built in Neo-Classical style using the profits of colonialism, and completed in 1833. The impressive structure rules the Brussels skyline and can be seen from almost any vantage point in the city.
Cinquantenaire Arch
Erected to mark the 50th anniversary of Belgium’s independence from Holland, the monument is 144 ft high at the head of Ave. de Tervuren and is topped by a bronze chariot being ridden by the female personification of a triumphant
Lauren in front of the Triumphal
Royal Palace of
Cinquantenaire Arch Erected to mark the 50th anniversary of Belgium’s independence from Holland, the monument is 144 ft high at the head of Ave. de Tervuren and is topped by a bronze chariot being ridden by the female personification of a triumphant Belgium. Lauren in front of the Triumphal ArchRoyal Palace of Brussels
Mannequin
Local cherry
Cheers!
Mannequin PisLocal cherry beerCheers!
Bar near Mannequin Pis
Dinner of famous
Dessert of waffles with Belgian chocolate and cream,
Bar near Mannequin Pis fountainDinner of famous clamsDessert of waffles with Belgian chocolate and cream, delish!
Gilbert made himself very comfortable at the Martins
On the road to
From the moment we got to Boppard there was music and laughter
Gilbert made himself very comfortable at the Martins Hotel!On the road to GermanyFrom the moment we got to Boppard there was music and laughter everywhere
Bandleader clowning around between
Boppard town square..another
Bratwurst and Fritz with mayo and tomato
Bandleader clowning around between beers!Boppard town square..another band.Bratwurst and Fritz with mayo and tomato sauce...yum!

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