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Day 8 & 9: Belgium Beer & Champagne France Tour

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We hit the road early to drive 2.5 hours to Chimay Belgium to try the last brew on our Odyssey of Belgium Trappist Breweries. Charles sampled the 4 varietals on tap of their Gold, Red, White, and Blue. We also nibbled on an array of Abbey cheeses. We followed the tasting with a nice lunch of meatloaf and quiche with a beer and a glass of wine. Cost???

We also got to stop by the Abbey and see their grounds and church.

We then drove another 2 1/2 hours to the stunning city of Bruges. If you have never been here, this needs to be on your list.

We had a bit of a debacle checking into our Airbnb. We followed the instructions of our host – entering the apartment building by going into the museum of torture. (i’m not kidding you are actually go through part of the museum to get to the apartment access). When we arrived to our apartment it was dirty and filled with stuff from other guests. After a couple minutes of panic, we were able to contact the host and saw that we had missed a message from him during our drive that had told us that he had accidentally double booked the apartment and had moved us to another apartment in the same building. The style was a bit different than what we had originally booked but it was still a two bedroom two bath, we had originally booked, and this apartment was a bigger. It was huge!!! I’m guessing 1500sf. So we didn’t have any complaints. The apartment is in a perfect part of town to explore, 1 minute from the market square, a few feet from the wall of beer, and has a waffle shop underneath whose smell wafts in the open windows. It has a wall of wonderful windows to people watch from and even has a stunning views of the belfry Tower. Cost???

We headed out to pick up some groceries and came back to the apartment for a quick snack and then headed back out to see Bruges at its best- Lit up at night. We stopped at a couple of bars and had a beer while we photographed the city at night. We ended the evening by stopping for some of the famous Brugge Frites (fries), and went back to our apartment and watched a movie “In Bruges” while having a small dinner. Cost???

After a lazy morning and breakfast at the apartment, we headed a couple doors down to the Wall of Beer, even scoring the best table on the patio with a perfect view of the canals. Cost???

If you order a full beer, the glass has a security tag. They told us people steal over 4000 glasses a year!!!

We went out for a nice lunch at a family owned restaurant that was recommended by our host and then headed to a harp concert held in one of the museums. Being without beer for several hours, we headed over to the almost 500 year old brewery, de Halve Maan. In order to stop congestion of trucks picking up their beer production in this Ancient town with small roads, they built a 2 mile long beer pipeline under the city that can pump 1000 gallons per hour to a bottling site. After they closed we headed over to a park that had a great view of the brewery and oddly caught a picture of a real half moon sitting over the brewery of the same name.  Cost???

Back at our apartment, we cooked up the last of our groceries for dinner and headed out one more time to stroll along the charming streets of Bruges at night.

If you missed any of the other posts of this trip, here they are

Day 1 & 2: Belgium Beer & Champagne France Tour

Day 3: Belgium’s Beer & Champagne France Tour

Day 4: Belgium Beer & Champagne France Tour

Day 5: Belgium Beer & Champagne France Tour

Day 6: Belgium Beer & Champagne France Tour

Day 7: Belgium Beer & Champagne France Tour

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