Full day of 1st world war battlefield tour. Our tour guide Karl was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I am by no means a 1st world war buff but this tour was very informative even though very few U.S. troops were involved. Much of the tour centered around British, Irish, New Zealand, Australian, French and Belgium soldiers. Many of the buildings and churches we visited on our own before our guided tour were actually totally destroyed in battles dating to the 1914 and 1918 conflict. All has been rebuilt over the years to there original design.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
This town is pronounced (EE-per). It is the site of 3 very fierce battles between the Germans and the Allied troops during the 1st world war but more about that in tomorrows blog. We will be spending another off day here to take in the sites. The day began as the last couple of days have with gray and threatening skies along with a heavy and constant head wind. The rain held up but the winds continued almost the entire day. Luckily though the hills flattened out around mid day. The hills and wind made the ride much longer than anticipated.
Monday, August 24, 2015
The forecast for this day was rain, rain, rain. So when we awoke to a somewhat sunny but cloudy day i was very happy. The happiness did not last too long though. At around noon it started to come down. We were able to take some shelter in non other than a roadside chapel of all places. The rain did slow down as we set off to our destination, only to get soaked again as we were only about 10 minutes from our hotel. We were warmly welcomed by the hotel owner even though we arrived soaked
Another sunny day greeted us as we headed out of leuven for a short tour of Brussels. As the head of the European Union this trip lead us to the Grand Place and the little boy peeing. The Grand Place was filled with many tourist taking pictures eating and people watching. One could easily have spent at least a full day and then some to do a complete tour but with our limited time frame we were forced to move on.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Day 5 of our around Flanders cycling adventure, a modest and warmer day of riding finishing at the busy and beautiful college town of Leuven. The days ride very much mimics the previous days ride. It goes something like this; village, corn field, village, apple orchard, village, pear orchard, and so on. Belgium is the 2nd most populated country in the European Union so one does not need to ride that far to come upon a village. We stopped at the Stella brewing company to arrange for a brewery tour only to find out that all the tours were sold out. Rest day in Leuven tomorrow, plenty to see and do.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
A beautiful sunny day greeted Mark and I as we lazily made our way out of the college town of Maastritch. We entered into our 3rd of 4 routes which make up the Route of Flanders. This route travels from east to west along the southern most portion of Flanders. The highlights of this route are the hills, not big hills, not the Rocky mountains, but enough to make us work a little bit. If the weather stays like this for the rest of the trip there will be no complaints from this end. This is a rainy country. Our luck will run out soon.