Day 3 (27th Nov) - Brugge, Belgium
This morning we woke up very early, fresh but hungry. It is Sunday morning, most of the restaurant didn’t open early due to late weekend night. We have walked for more than an hour, still can’t find a place to eat. What we saw were the drunkards lying and sitting with stone look at the corner of the street. The shocking thing is we found a club is still open at 8am in the morning. We can still hear out loud the dancing music, and smell cigarette smoke and alcohol when we walked near to the club.
Later we decided went straight to Brugg. When we reached the station, we saw the youngsters, whom can tell obviously just came out from the dancing club. They didn’t buy the metro ticket, but just jumped in from the entrance. This is a serious moral issue I think the local government should look into.
Anyway, we bought return ticket at Euro13,80 per adult to Brugg which is a special weekend fare, it took about an hour by train. Every hour there will be a train to this route during weekend/ public holiday and half an hour during weekday. It was drizzling with strong wind when we reached our destination. Needless to say, first thing we went straight to the tourist information counter to ask for direction for food. The map cost us Euro0,50 per piece. Got the direction, we went straight to the famous market place, which is also named as Canal, little Venice in Brussel. No doubt, the scenery is superb. You will love the peace and quietness of this place. Walked for about 20mins, we reached the town center, the little Venice. The rain is getting heavier, and lucky enough that we managed to find a good and reasonable restaurant to sit in before the heavy rain get started.
Later on, we found out that the restaurant is famous with its waffle. Since we were starved since early morning, we have to go straight for main course instead snack. So, Edmond went for kebab, and I have beef stew. Since the waffle is famous, Jie Rou has chosen the chocolate favorite for herself. The lunch cost us Euro30. After the rain stopped, we continued our journey to walk along the riverside to enjoy the beautiful scenery. As we passed the market place, I have bought chocolate for my colleagues and also we found the little rabbit ring for my darling Jie Rou at Euro3,95 and Hello Kitty purse at Euro2. Also, I went for another round of chocolate shopping, this time I bought all the alcoholic chocolate for my colleagues at Euro10 for 5 boxes, a very good deal!
As time passed, it is time to sit down for a drink. However, we need to catch the 3pm train, and hence we have to rush from market place and run all the way back to the station.
# For further details on train schedule, please go online www.sncb.be
Back to Brussels, we walked to the statue of little pepe angel, took a couple of picture. We didn’t expect the statue is small and it is displayed at the corner of the street. On the way back to hotel, we stopped by a bar to experience the famous Belgium beers. To our surprise, the menu shows out of 4 pages is the type of beers offer and the percentage of alcohol contain. Only 2 pages show the food and non-alcoholic drinks.
# Bar details: Brasserie Du Lombard – 1 rue du Lombard, 1000 Bruxelles
Back to hotel for a rest, we came back out again for the last night visit at Brussels. As compared to Saturday night, there are lesser people and lesser car at the street. The night market stalls also reduced. We went to a fine dining restaurant. It was a bit disappointed as the food is not that fantastic and the price is high. Edmond has the seafood platter and 2 bottles of beer, I order paella and a small bottle of wine. The dinner bill came up to be about Euro200.
Day 4 (28th Nov) – Brussels - Paris
Can’t wait to go back Paris.
We woke up extremely early at 6am, showered and packed. Heading to the train station right away, and hoping to catch the next available train back to Paris to meet the Kwok’s family.
An hour later, we arrived at Gare du Nord, quickly walked down from train, and there we saw the Kwok’s family waiting for us right at the waiting alley. It was the best and touching moment as we didn’t see our closed friends for so long. After discussion, they decided to bring along the dirty clothes and back to Taverny with us for laundry services.
Arrived destination, we have drinks, the kids have fun by running around the house, and the men busy with the laundry services, and also busy searching for the nearby hotels. Later, we went to the nearby Chinese restaurant for late lunch. It was great to meet with closed friends for a couple of wine and enjoy our favorite food at foreign country
After lunch, the Kwok’s family spent the rest of the day with us. Our initial plan supposed to go Paris downtown for night shopping, but due to the influence of alcohol, everyone seems to be reluctant to leave. So, we went to Carrefour to buy food and more drinks for dinner. Stanley was the chef of the night, he cooked paella and ceasser salad, and of cos it is yummy. We also have smoke salmon, but before the dinner started, it was all finished by the kids. Edmond cooked the chicken and steak, it is equally delicious!