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.