Sunday, August 14, 2011

In Bruges

A group from my work went to Bruges for a weekend. Last time I was there was the middle of Winter, and it was dark and snowy. This time it was the middle of summer, and if Bruges seemed full of tourists in December, it's a lot worse in July.

I was there for less than 24 hours, so I don't have a lot of stories. I just wandered about with my camera. Here are some of the pics.

When I went to Ghent a couple of years back, I meant to eat the local speciality dish called Waterzooi. But I forgot and instead had the worst curry of my life.

However, it turns out that they do waterzooi in Bruges, too. It's a light stew and I had the fish version. Of course, you can't go to Belgium without also eating waffles and frites. After a day of binge eating, the bus that I travelled home on was scraping along the road leaving a trail of sparks all the way to Cambridge. Great trip.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Romantic Road: Summary

My Romantic Road posts start back here.

From Wurzburg, I caught the train back to Munich and flew back to England. I had some hassles with the berks at the hotel in Munich, but it all worked out.

Damn that was a fun ride. The best I've ever done? Probably.

The route is supposed to be 420 kms long, but with my propensity for getting lost I had done 550kms by the time I reached Wurzburg. If I was doing the trip again, I would take a few extra days, so I could do more sightseeing. The part of the ride near Fussen is quite hilly, and it's easy to over-estimate how much ground you can cover in a day.

Considering it is the most popular long-distance ride in Germany, I hardly saw any other touring cyclists. I was told that was because it was so early in the season. I was very lucky with the weather.

The locals were universally kind. Their food is very meat-based, but that works okay when cycling all day.

Great trip.