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Holland & Belgium - Day 6

We have crossed over from the Netherlands (not Holland) into Belgium and had another great day!

Very busy with breakfast early and an 8:30 bus ride into Ghent for a walking tour.  What a wonderful city!  And, on a Sunday morning, it was a bit sleepy.  For years Ghent vied with Antwerp and Brussels for the lead in Belgium's cloth trade.  Today it is better known for its architecture and historic interest.

In terms of weather, we saw it all - sun, warmth, cold, rain, clouds and even a hail storm.  Overall another good day, weather-wise even still.

We returned to the ship for lunch and then most ventured out on an excursion to Bruges.  (Some actually skippedlunch and took the train to Bruges on their own!).  Bruges is like stepping back in time about 500 years.  A true medieval city with magnificent Renaissance architecture surrounded by quaint canals and small cobblestone lanes.  There was a walking tour, a canal cruise and some free time - for shopping, more sightseeing or sampling a Belgian beer.

Dinner on board the ship featured beer pairings.  As we ate through five courses, the beer expert on board discussed the beers we got to sample and informed us of why he chose them for each pairing.

Another big day coming ahead - Antwerp and an excursion to Brussels for our last day of exploring Belgium.


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