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Bruges Day 2

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Well our last day in Bruges, and after a good nights sleep at the Hotel Jacob we were up bright and early, for breakfast, which was served in a really lovely dining room which had an amazing ornate ceiling. Breakfast choice was vast cereals, fruits, croissants, cold meats & cheese etc I could go on and on, so it set us up nicely for the day. First stop of the day was the chocolate museum Choco-Story now I was fully expecting to be a bit bored but in fact it was the opposite, it was very interesting indeed, with some amazing facts on the history of chocolate through the ages. there was some also some amazing  sculptures made from chocolate I would throughly recommend a visit.

Next on the agenda was a boat trip along the canals of Bruges, there are various places you can pick up the boats, but as it is November many were closed for the season, but we did find one operating at the junction of Wollestraat and Rozenhoedkaai. (Click here for map)  there was an interesting commentary on board the boat along with stunning views of Bruges’s amazing architecture it was well worth the trip. (Top tip: Our Hotel gave us a discount card to all the top attractions of the city, it seemed a generic card which I am sure all hotels supply, so saving a bit of money). Next stop was the Beer Wall now this is a small bar selling over 1000 different kinds of belgium beers, (see photo) although needless to say I did not get to sample them all but would have loved to over time, plenty of time I might add. The bar is located just over the bridge from where we caught the boat, and caters for all tastes even the girls enjoyed a tipple. I had a Christmas dark ale which was very nice indeed, but at 10.5% proof it would not take too many to blur the vision.

Well the day had flown by and it was soon time to head back to the Hotel, get our cases and head back to board the ship for the journey home. Bruges is a wonderful city and it would definitely be on my list of must see again cities. I will post more photo’s of the trip on my Flickr Page so have a look if you will

Oh well another trip over so its time to sign off again, so stay safe, keep well but most of all keep following.

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Sidmouth, Seaton & Beer

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Well it’s our first full day here in Devon, so it was off exploring this beautiful part of Britain, first port of call was Sidmouth a really pretty little town with some amazing architecture, and some wonderful period hotels. Sidmouth has a pebble beach like most of the coast in south Devon but still very nice to stroll along, as we had not had breakfast we decided to wander into town to find a cafe, as the prices on the seaside establishments where rather expensive (you pay for the view). On the way to get breakfast we came across Wally & Celia an old eccentric couple singing old music hall songs in aid of Help for Heroes they were marvellous (will post video clip on my return). The town itself has many really nice art, glass, and exclusive gift shops a change from the normal seaside shops. We found a nice little cafe to have breakfast “very nice indeed”, then suitably replenished, it was off to explore more shops. Then it was time to move on to our next destination Seaton.
What a sharp contrast Seaton was to Sidmouth the whole place seems rather run down, very dowdy indeed there was no period architecture no nice shops, not a lot going for it at all “sorry Seaton” so as you can imagine we did not stay very long. On the road we were on towards Seaton we noticed a sign to a place called Beer so we thought we would have a look on our way back, so after the disappointment off Seaton we gave Beer a visit, and what a jewel in the crown it was, a really pretty little fishing village steeped in history, and as it was lunch time we thought we try the local fare, at the Anchor Inn, what a lovely pub with a lunchtime menu for either £5 or £6 which is remarkable in itself but on top of that the food was to die for I had red mullet with chorizo on a bed of red pepper risotto with lime olive oil, quite how they can do that for £5 I really don’t know a truly great find, and on reading the literature in the pub Beer is one of Devon’s best kept secrets, how very true

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