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"Don't be scared to walk alone...Don't be scared to like it... "Once again ( my third time) I took off on a holiday all by myself, and it was nothing short of amazing!Travelling alone is not always about the cliché deep soul searching business or getting lost finding yourself. For me it's more about the freedom to do what I want and when I want without the burden of living up to another person's idea of a holiday.We mostly exist in a routine that thrives on people pleasing. And however selfish this may sound, a vacation should not have to be that.Sometimes you gotta make things about you My photos and descriptions here are an account of how interesting it is to be going solo and still not having to compromise on any of the fun that people usually seem to assume can only come with traveling in a group.Read More
"Don't be scared to walk alone...Don't be scared to like it... "Once again ( my third time) I took off on a holiday all by myself, and it was nothing short of amazing!Travelling alone is not always about the cliché deep soul searching business or getting lost finding yourself. For me it's more about the freedom to do what I want and when I want without the burden of living up to another person's idea of a holiday.We mostly exist in a routine that thrives on people pleasing. And however selfish this may sound, a vacation should not have to be that.Sometimes you gotta make things about you My photos and descriptions here are an account of how interesting it is to be going solo and still not having to compromise on any of the fun that people usually seem to assume can only come with traveling in a group.
2. England- The London Tube: There are a lot of things you can love about England, but nothing is more enchanting than having time to spare and watching the London tube at rush hour. From the unwritten rules of staying to the left on escalators to the packed like sardines carriages, the tube can give you new found respect for space. The tube stands for everything ‘London’. Add the fact that they scaled new heights in design whilst creating the new tube map.
The utter failure of his medical practice gave Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, plenty of time to write about a consulting detective who solves crimes by applying deduction and logic. It is believed that Sir Arthur was inspired by Dr Joseph Bell, one of his tutors from medical school in Edinburgh, while creating the character. Dr Bell’s great grandfather— Benjamin Bell was credited with the invention of the science of deduction. In the early drafts of A Study of Scarlet, which was initially called A Tangled Skein, Sir Arthur described ‘Sherringford Holmes’ as someone who works in a chemical laboratory and collects rare violins.However, he didn’t want Holmes to be the narrator of the story, so he created Ormond Sacker, who had seen military service in Sudan. In the story that finally got published in Beeton’s Christmas Annual in August 1887, Sir Arthur changed Sacker to Dr John Watson, an invalid military doctor who was shot in the shoulder in Afghanistan. Since then, the duo has gone to enjoy stellar careers in books, on stage, in film, and on television.
LEAVESDENDrink a glass of Butter Beer Actually, everything at the Warner Brother’s Studio for Harry Potter in Leavesden, can bring out the glee-ful child in you. From real Butter Beer, to walking through Diagon Alley, to exploring Snape’s table of potions. It’s truly magical ! wbstudiotour.co.uk
The best way to get around England would be to book your stay in its magnificent capital city, London. Of course, your stay here might be slightly more expensive than in other places, which aren’t so main stream. But you will certainly appreciate the ease with which you will find frequent transportation to all other parts of the country.
Download a London underground map from the internet and carry a print out with you for your comfort. We reach the station and at the station ask for the Oyster card, it's basically a prepaid card which is used for travelling in London underground trains. Just fill the card with a certain amount of money and flash it at the entry/exit in all stations. The money will get deducted from your card depending on the distance travelled by you.You can also use this card to travel in buses in and within London. We filled the card for 20 pounds each. This saves you the time and also money of buying tickets, every time you travel in train or bus. Do not take the taxis, unless you have lot of money to spend, as taxi travel is quiet expensive especially when you are holidaying on a shoe string budget.
London: Highly commercial but very safe and comfortable for solo travelers, London has attractions of all kinds – Wimbledon, Lords, Wembley stadium for sports aficionados, British Library and Shakespeare Globe Centre for literature fanatics, London Eye, Buckingham Place, Big Ben, London Bridge and many other buildings for heritage admirers, Southall for authentic Indian food lovers, Harrods and Oxford Street for fashionistas, Design Museum and art galleries for art devotees among others. You name it and London has it. Also known as the birthplace of the Metro or London Tube as they call it, Public transport here is impeccable. Climate is slightly grey and cold but the warmth of people will melt your heart. Huge Indian diaspora presence makes you feel at home. Global cuisine restaurants and cafes are everywhere. Only thing that makes it slightly unattractive is the cost on your wallet.
I was going for a packaged tour to Europe, covering 9 cities in a short span of 15 days. But luckily, my family decided to leave for UK 3 days earlier than the trip started and we stayed at a friend of my dad's. And that's what I'm going to talk about in my little article here. London, not through a bus the tour took me in, but through my own eyes, the way I liked it and the way I believe it should be traveled.The journey began when we reached UK around noon. We reached home, had lunch and spent some time resting to give the jet lag a break. Evening crept and we left with my uncle. We walked towards harrow street. It was a beautiful way surrounded by greenery and the prettiest houses ever. Not even half an hour around that area and I was already telling my mom that I wanted to settle back here someday when I grow old. That's the magic of that place. British houses can make you fall in love instantly. You can walk for hours and not get tired, that's how beautiful and soothing the weather is. It doesn't get dark till 8pm or 9pm there. It even goes onto 10pm at times.
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I did spend a lot of time researching about the places I would want to visit in this small beautiful country. By shortlisting few places which interested me and putting them on a piece of paper gave my itinerary a good foundation and hurrah, my itinerary fit almost all the places with the time I had. My Flight was at 10:30 in the morning from Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam. The flight duration is about an hour and a half to Innsbruck, Austria.Read More
I did spend a lot of time researching about the places I would want to visit in this small beautiful country. By shortlisting few places which interested me and putting them on a piece of paper gave my itinerary a good foundation and hurrah, my itinerary fit almost all the places with the time I had. My Flight was at 10:30 in the morning from Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam. The flight duration is about an hour and a half to Innsbruck, Austria.
This was the first time I was travelling to Europe. I was pretty excited to explore this part of the world. With my Schengen Visa in hand, I had options to choose from about 20 countries and I chose Austria.
Note: The budget is excluding my to and fro flight from India to Amsterdam.
15. Netherlands- The ambiance of Amsterdam. The UNESCO world heritage listed canal systems, the narrow streets, the trams, the bicycles, the coffeehouses, the marijuana and the red light district all come together to create an environment that you can check out off but can never leave.
A first visit there is like all the lights coming on at once, a step into a world where no one ever says no, in the city the musician Stew so beautifully called “a shopping mall of vice.” For many people, that visit to Amsterdam is the first hint that the world does not have to be like it is back home. I was seven when I fi rst visited Amsterdam. I vaguely remember my mother very briefl y rue that she couldn’t go out and see the city’s nightlife. I fi gured it was because I was too young to be taken out and she couldn’t leave me in the hotel room on my own. So I believe I promised her that when I grew up, I would bring her back for a visit and that we’ll do everything! I don’t think I had any idea at the time what ‘everything’ even included.
Yes, pot is legal in Amsterdam, and yes, you can smoke a joint or eat a pot brownie wherever and whenever you like. While this is reason enough to go, there's so much more that you and your travel partner can do in Amsterdam. If you have a thing for art then it'll be paradise for you. You can't walk on the street without stumbling upon a modern masterpiece of art. If walking is not your thing, you can take a boat ride in the Amstel River till the night dawns and then go out partying again. And there are cycles on rent too, for approximately INR 400 a day.Free or inexpensive things to do while here: Board a free ferry to the Noord Amsterdam neighbourhood and admire the entire city. Rijksmuseum is also a must-visit for art lovers, since it houses many European masterpieces. You can also visit a free jazz concert or a classical lunch concert. If you go during summer, the Vondelpark Festival is free to all.Where to eat: Here are the three cheap but outstanding places to eat in Amsterdam: 1. Broodje Bert at Singel, 2. Mook Panckaes at De Clercqstraat, 3. Jacketz at Kinkerstraat. All three serve vegetarian food as well.Where to stay: Following are two beautiful options to ensure that this becomes one of your cheapest European trips under 50k.
Amsterdam is on almost everyone's travel list, be it for a perfect bachelorette trip or a vacation with friends. And I am lucky enough to call it "home". Although known for Weed & Prostitution it has a lot more to offer than that, Trust me I have been living here for 1.5 years now and if I am being brutally honest, I am still discovering something new everyday.So here I am writing this blog to share the top 5 "To do things in Amsterdam".The first thing I did after coming out of the Airport is - Got clicked at the IAMSTERDAM letters !!!1. Explore the city by canal ride/walk/bike ???? Take a canal cruise ride, as there is no other best way to see the city. You will fall in love with the city instantly & be charmed by its beauty as they take you to the Amsterdam’s UNESCO protected canal ring & it’s history. There are a variety of cruise types available like – Romantic candle light canal ride, open/closed boat etc.You can also rent a bike/take the free walking tour starting from the Dam Square. Renting a bike would be around 10 Euros day.Ticket -16 euro https://www.tours-tickets.com/en/canal-cruises/Did you know – There are more bicycles than residents in Amsterdam?
Last summer, I was interning in Dortmund, a city in Germany known for its football and more so for the club's loud fans. I hadn't been in Germany for more than 2 weeks, but the prospect of travelling to Amsterdam , the city most famous for its red light district and it's progressive tolerant policy to soft drugs was quite an idea I had been harbouring in my mind for a long time. Booked my tickets via Eurolines, a meagre 9€ for a 6hr ride. That's pretty cheap compared to European standards, and don't ever make the mistake of taking Eurorail unless you have too much money to throw away ! But Amsterdam turned out to be much more than just a land of legalized prostitution and weed. Also called the 'Venice of North' , a lot many canals criss-cross the city. This city has more bicycles than their population, a plausible explanation to the fact as to why Europeans stay so healthy and fit compared to their counterparts on the other side of the Pacific. The place is beautiful, the people helpful and sweet. Travelling unlike tourism doesn't have a pre-planned trip itinerary customised for you by a tour company, it's about making spontaneous decisions. So unlike other tourists, I decided to take the free shuttle ferry 'Buiksloterweg' across the IJ harbour to visit the Eye Film Museum, which most people skip on their trip to Amsterdam. The museum collection was comprised of movie posters dating back to origin of cinema itself, a chronology of film equipments from the time it all started to all the modern technology in use today. Enamoured by the collection , coupled with a discount on movie tickets for students , I ended up watching a critically acclaimed short movie. Another advantage of this place is that you can get clicked at the iconic 'I amsterdam' letters which is quite crowd-free at this location unlike the other one where a lot of people throng by. After a couple of pictures later ,I returned to the mainland by the next ferry which runs every 3 min, picked up a map of the city from the city help desk, and was off to the city centre more popularly known as the Dam Square. The neoclassical Royal Palace, the Madame Tussauds wax museum, the National Monument ( a stone pillar to commemorate World War 2 victims) and a fancy department store make the 4 sides of the square. The atmosphere here was electric, the crowd crazy. Took me a few moments to take it all in , Europeans surely know how to have fun. By the time I realized I should move on, it was dusk. The next destination was clear in my head : De Wallen or Amsterdam's Red Light District ! The whole street was bathed in neon lights , a large number of bikini clad heads were propping up from the windows in all directions ,women of various ethnicities, built and age groups. Call the Europeans crazy or educationally oriented, they have as many museums as any popular junk food chain counter. I decided to check out the Prostitution Museum, and it turned out to be quite a learning experience, a typical insight into a prostitutes' life. Well atleast they have got one thing right, they treat prostitution as a regular respectable job.The right light district did get me taking a round of the whole street, doubling back and running up the whole street again till I could take in all the color and the glamour. Next I decided to try the Leidsplein pub crawl and it turned out to be much fun. A little bit of boozing and hell lot of partying, it was already 3am when the music stopped. It was quite late and I didn't have a hostel booked so I decided to spend the night at the Central Railway Station. Bad idea. I would advise anyone against doing that, the weather was super cold and windy, and I barely slept the night, desperately waiting for the sun to rise.
You do know why Amsterdam is on this list, right? If not, you can go watch the cult Kangana Ranaut-starrer Queen once again and you would know. Along with that, there's so much more that you and your guy gang can do in Amsterdam, and if all of you have a thing for art then it'll be a paradise for you. You can boat around aimlessly in Amstel river till the night dawns and then go out partying again.Must do while here: Admire art at the Van Gogh Museum. Drink and watch movies in the open-air theatre at Vondelpark.Average cost per day per head (excluding flights): Rs. 3,500Best Hotels.Read more about Amsterdam.
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The city of love and arts & culture. You'd be lying if you say Paris is not on your bucket list of dream destinations. With iconic architectures, eclectic cuisines, trend-setting boutiques and artistic masterpieces almost everywhere, Paris is one of the most instantly recognisable cities in the world. Nothing has already been written about the French capital that you will find here; you'll be doing yourself and your partner a favour by going for a Parisian honeymoon.What a couple must do while here: Visit the Eiffel Tower and get yourself clicked in front of it. Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris is an exotic gothic church and will be fascinating for both believers and non-believers.Recommended duration & average expenditure: 7 days will cost approximately Rs. 2 lakh.Paris is not as expensive as is usually perceived. You can book these Parisian hotels and decide for yourself. Read more on Paris here.
6. France- Paris 'the city of love' truly deserves that title. Although I've been to multiple similar cities in Europe what sets Paris apart is the art, culture and heritage of the city combined with the french language making it a delectable combination.
From the charming Audrey Tataou roaming around the tantalizing streets of a hill-side Parisian town in Amelie to Ethan Hawke and Julie Delphy taking a boat ride on the Seine in a series of vivid scenes in Before Sunset- France has not just caught the fancy of filmmakers around the globe but it has also always defined romance, opulence and intimacy for many including myself.
It was time for us to pack our bags and leave for Amsterdam in an early morning Euro Rail. While we were feeling excited at the thought of seeing another buzzing European city but leaving behind Paris wasn't easy. With it's grand monuments, enthralling scenes, unique urban flair, tongue tickling cuisine, unparalleled night life, envious collection of local cheese and wine, swanky shops and prized artistic treasures; France is truly like a good wine, it keeps on getting better, it grows on you as each day passes by and it can truly pass off as the most seductive travel experience of your entire lifetime.
Our short sojourn to Nice came to an end and we flew back to our good old Paris. Yes, that's how connected we felt with the French vibe. You cannot help it, France is so capable of casting a magical spell. It's truly captivating in every sense. My last day in Paris was reserved for one and only- Jim Morrison. I spent the entire day at Cimetière du Père Lachaise, the world's most visited cemetery. And rightly so, after all Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, composer Chopin, poet Apollinaire and writer Balzac- all have been buried here.
The fourth day we started feeling like Parisians. We had picked up a few French words, we were well accustomed with the train routes, we knew how to pronounce Champs-Elysees and we knew which wine to order. After whipping a lazy breakfast, we all headed to the Northern part of Paris. We decided to spend a large chunk of the day enjoying the lofty views of Montmartre. Crowned by the Sacré-Cœur basilica, Montmartre is the city’s most erected quarter. This part of Paris reeks of old-world, fairy-tale charm courtesy it's deviating architecture.
Visit Paris Airshow 2017 Last time, it was the Martin Jetpack that debuted at the Paris Airshow. If you had been there and pre-ordered your personal jetpack, you’d be the most smug-cool cucumber with your own Bond-like jetpack by now (deliveries for the fi rst lot of jetpacks are zooming out of Martin’s Christchurch facility this month). In addition, the Paris Airshow is by far the sexiest and edgiest aviation and tech event you could witness. Held every other year at the Le Bourget Airport in North Paris, France, the first few days of the event are closed to the general public, but the following Friday, Saturday, and Sunday welcomes in spectators of all ages. See in person a Dassault Rafale fighter jet flying display, creative design studios put up extraordinary exhibits, see gorgeous air displays by Boeing’s F16, crazy looking helicopters, and more. siae.fr
The city of love and arts & culture. You'd be lying if you say Paris is not on your bucket list of dream destinations. With iconic architectures, eclectic cuisines, trend-setting boutiques and artistic masterpieces almost everywhere, Paris is one of the most instantly recognisable cities in the world. Nothing has already been written about the French capital that you will find here; just do yourself a favour and go.Free or inexpensive things to do while here: Visit the Eiffel Tower and get yourself clicked in front of it. Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris is an exotic gothic church and will be fascinating for both believers and non-believers. Cimitière du Père Lachaise is an ancient cemetery where you can see the graves of many literary geniuses such as Proust, Oscar Wilde and Balzaf. Jim Morrison also lies in this cemetery.Where to eat: Here are the three cheap but outstanding places to eat in Paris: 1. L’as du fallafel at Rue des Rosiers, 2. Breizh Café near Rue Vieille du Temple, 3. Krishna Bhavan at Rue Cail. The third option serves delicious Indian food.Where to stay: Following are two beautiful options within your tight budget.
This time its about this city which I describe as Romantic, Fashionable, Arty, Expensive, and Classical..Yes! PARIS!!!Situated in the north west of France, the capital and the epitome of beauty in all its forms has made Paris the most famous destination among travellers in Europe.From fashion to food, architecture to gardens and home to one of the most famous wonders of the world, metropolis Paris is filled with endless discoveries and suprises. One who comes here gets a treat to see and a chance to be lost in the true sense and feel of the cultural capital.
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History: “Bos” is the Dutch word for forest and “Halle” is the place where it is located. With around 6 square kilometres area, Hallerbos is like one of that purple-blue kingdom coming straight out of a Disney movie film making you question its existence in reality! The uniqueness of Hallerbos lies in its natural phenomenon of blooming blue bells (wild hyacinths) that blossom everywhere in the forest between late April and May making it look like a blue carpet (check my video here).Read More
History: “Bos” is the Dutch word for forest and “Halle” is the place where it is located. With around 6 square kilometres area, Hallerbos is like one of that purple-blue kingdom coming straight out of a Disney movie film making you question its existence in reality! The uniqueness of Hallerbos lies in its natural phenomenon of blooming blue bells (wild hyacinths) that blossom everywhere in the forest between late April and May making it look like a blue carpet (check my video here).
The capital of Belgium is one of the most fascinating cities in Europe since it is filled with as many historical insignias as its modern counterparts. Being the administrative capital of EU, Brussels is also understandably bureaucratic to some extent. What's really enviable here is the beauty of everyday things. The roadside cafes and bars are designed to welcome and not merely to swindle. The overall humour is deadpan, but hilarious. It's an outstanding city and one of the relatively cheap European destinations from India.Free or inexpensive things to do while here: You can chill at the many gorgeous parks in the city, such as Parc de Woluwe, Bois de la Cambre, Square Ambiorix, Parc Leopold, and more. To mingle with royalty at the Royal Palace is also absolutely free and will be memorable for life. Visit the Royal Museum of Armed Forces and Military without a ticket.Where to eat: Here are the three cheap but outstanding places to eat in Brussels: 1. Tonton Garby at Rue Duquesnoy, 2. Bia Mara at Rue du Marche aux Poulets, 3. Fritland at Rue Henri Maus. All three serve vegetarian food as well.Where to stay: What makes Brussels one of the cheapest European destinations from India is its budget stays. Here are two options.
6. Le Chatelain Boutique Hotel, BrusselsIf a city escape is on your mind, then a five-star in the heart of Brussels should top your list. Le Chatelain is just as fancy as it sounds. With boutique interiors and gourmet cuisine, this hotel knows how to make you feel special.Location: 17 Rue de Châtelain, Elsene / Ixelles, 1000 Brussels, Belgium Tariff: Rs 12,000 for an executive double room
We visited Brussels just for one day.From Amsterdam there are trains and buses to Brussels.If booked early we do have thalys trains which are faster and you get at low rates.Train tickets cost you something between 30-35 Euro one way. If travelling by train just outside Main station you get Hop and hop off buses which has three routes you can choose any or all.They cost you around 23 Euro Per person. Places to visit: 1) Atomium-It comprises nine 18 metre diameter steel spheres connected by tupes, all of which contain exhibits.It looks good from outside.Even surrounding area is pretty good. 2)Mini Europe--Timings are from 10 to 5:Last entry at 4:30.Its just behind the Atomium and lot of chances of you missing it as there are no big hording with its name.We missed it due that . 3)Grand-Place--As we know Brussels famous for their chocolates this square has lot of chocolate shops and Godiva is the famous one among it.You can taste different kind of chocolates. 4)Beer Tours-There are beer tour which takes you different bars from oldest one to the ones which came up recently.for beer tasting.They have fixed timings.So will suggest to book it prior you go there. 5)Chocolate Tours-There are couple of chocolate tour but my suggestion will be book it online before you visit Brussels as there if you ask locals they are not aware about it much and due to that we missed taking tour. 6)Manneken-Pis--I personally didn't find it interesting but its a famous tourist attractions on the tours.Its at such a place that you might not realize that you passed by the tourist attraction. Also you will find the many waffles shops around the city and i tell you.You must try one you get lot of variety with hell lot of toppings over it. My suggestion to whoever travelling on their should plan which all things you need to cover and cover them first and rest of the things if time permits you can go for it.Any walking tour you planning to take up book before hand don't keep it for last moment.It will be much organised.
After several visits in Brussels, I must confess: my trips don’t always involve shopping. I also like to widen my horizons and cultivate myself a bit. Even though Brussels is not a very big city, it has a major role in the European Union and a great history to discover. In general it is quite a young city with a lot going on in terms of exhibitions, art, culture, music… People are open minded, very nice and will make you feel very welcome. If you’re in the Belgian Capital for a short week-end, you should start by taking a walk in the historic centre and enjoy the architecture, the decor and Belgian atmosphere.
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If you've seen the cult dark comedy In Bruges, you know exactly what to expect in this peculiar city. It's a prominent world heritage site according to UNESCO and that automatically makes it a haven for art connoisseurs. It's also called the "Venice of the North" so you can imagine how many new fairytales of your own you can create whilst walking down the cobbled roads to the whitewashed facades of historic churches. Spring is meant for daffodil carpets spread all over the city.Famous for: Beer and art.Things to do: Climb up the 366 stairs of the medieval Belfry Tower. Admire the flemish primitive artworks at Groeninge Museum.Weather in January: Average temperature is 5 degrees celsius. Remains dry, but nippy.Average budget per head for 5 days (excluding flights): Rs. 62,000For more details, read this.Read More
If you've seen the cult dark comedy In Bruges, you know exactly what to expect in this peculiar city. It's a prominent world heritage site according to UNESCO and that automatically makes it a haven for art connoisseurs. It's also called the "Venice of the North" so you can imagine how many new fairytales of your own you can create whilst walking down the cobbled roads to the whitewashed facades of historic churches. Spring is meant for daffodil carpets spread all over the city.Famous for: Beer and art.Things to do: Climb up the 366 stairs of the medieval Belfry Tower. Admire the flemish primitive artworks at Groeninge Museum.Weather in January: Average temperature is 5 degrees celsius. Remains dry, but nippy.Average budget per head for 5 days (excluding flights): Rs. 62,000For more details, read this.
We spent half a day walking around the quaint town of Bruges. Canals, Buildings and Chocolates. Visit the chocolate musuem - a little boring though :P
Peter, our driver and guide for the day, greeted us with a smile and we set out on our day long trip. The onward journey was boring, people slept mostly. Peter passed us a packet of home-made honey cookies that he must have brought for himself and which we readily devoured. I was in love with the first sight of Bruges or ‘Bru-ha’ as Peter called it. A famous movie ‘In Bruges’ was shot here. I haven’t seen the movie before but made sure I did once I got back. Bruges to me was a representation of Ancient Europe. The place where we got down was a lane that leads to the Bruges Centrum. On both sides of this lane are buildings as old as 15 Th centuries. The Bruges centrum is a very colorful place. Well I don’t know how to write it, what to describe but just that I was awestruck, time stopped for me, it was so beautiful that in the 3rd day of this tour, I decided I have seen enough, what is left to see after this. There were people sitting on the stairs, group of musicians siting in a corner and making music. This is again something that is true to all European cities, its musicians. The centrum has an old fort and a historium. A historium is a museum that tells you the history of that place. We took a video tour of the museum in 10E. It was pretty expensive but still we thought of giving it a try. After having spent enough time at the city center and buying collectibles from the shops around we moved towards the famous canal ride of Bruges that more than us Peter was excited about. n between we sneaked into one of the coffee shops and had the most amazing thing in the world, the Belgian waffle! Yummy is the word. The ride cost is 17E but left us very happy. Beautiful houses as old as 14th or 15th century were lined up on two sides of the lane. The slow moving boat cruising the canal, the murmur of the boat guide telling stories about the place, the natural beauty around left me spellbound and I never wanted it to get over. But all good things come to an end and so did the canal ride and our stay in Bruges.