Holidays Our little holiday diary

Belgium Part Two

Day 3.

It’s stopped raining, so a good start to the day. Or so we thought. Yesterday, Mr G told us to wait outside the hotel at nine am for our coach. It seemed he was having two days off and forgot to tell any of the other drivers of the National Coaches. It was 45 minutes before our group was split up and slotted in to any coach with spare seats. We were frozen; it was a very cold wait. We finally got to Ghent which was architecturally beautiful; we had four hours there and surprisingly didn’t get lost. Although the coach driver we ended up with was really friendly, informative and helpful, he took us back to the Chocolate Factory again and he got us back just too late for our “once in a lifetime” free tea or coffee, NO biscuits offer. Did I mention, it did start raining today, and we’ve no soap, shampoo etc, AGAIN!

Day 4.

 

Thank goodness for Pac-a-Macs. We had a free day to look round Ostend. After breakfast, we went to the outdoor market and other retail outlets and shopped till we dropped, we bought Eric a string to keep his specs round his neck. (OK, we will never get the greatest shopper award). After lunch, we had a short nap then went for a walk along the beach, a bit like Benidorm without the sun. The wind was howling, even the seagulls could only hover in mid air, quite funny to watch actually. When we got back to our pit, not only was there no soap etc, but no towels and no bed made. (Were they trying to tell us something?). OK, we’ll go home tomorrow!

 

Day 5.

As a final reminder from Faulty Towers, it was cold showers for everyone. Now that wasn’t funny.

A short description of our room:-

No Kettle, peeling wallpaper, no drawers, should we mention the mould in the shower cubicle. Basically it was a single room with a double bed stuck in

The corner of the Bed!

it. The room was so small that the corner of the bed that stuck out into the room was worn away (See pic) It was a good job we didn’t take a cat to swing! Antiquated plumbing in the en-suite facility meant we could hear swishing, knocking and banging noises constantly. We couldn’t block them out by closing the door ‘cos we didn’t have one (yes really). We did have a concertina screen which wasn’t attached to the runners nor had handles which meant we couldn’t use it. The walls were so thin we could hear the neighbours going to the loo which in turn meant they could hear us, so we started whistling to drown the noise. (You couldn’t make it up). As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for, but we really thought we had paid for more than what we got.

It took twelve and half hours to get home, it was quicker than our outward journey which was fourteen hours. Eric’s video camera played up so you don’t have to suffer any of that. However, I took quite a few photos.

 

Here is a list of famous Belgium People/Items etc. Let me know if you can or want to add to it.

 

OstEndlebert Humperdink…………………………Belgium Singer

Ostenders…………………………………………...Belgium Soap Opera  (UK)

OstEnderscope……………………………………..Belgium Medical Instrument

Brussel Crowe……………………………………  Belgium Actor

OStend by your man……………………………  .Belgium Country Song

BRussel Hobs……………………………………...Belgium Electrical Goods

Flanders and Swan………………………………….Belgium Singing Duo (One for the Old uns)

Brussel Sprouts………………………………………Belgium Vegetable

 

Produced, Compiled, Edited, Written and Dictated by Diane (Pen Name, Biro)

Typed by Eric

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