our big trip - Day 16: Bruges + The Hague

Friday, 19 April 2013

I honestly think you need at least two nights in Bruges - minimum. More if you don't have kids with you. Not that our kids wanted to leave {it was one of their favourite destinations ever} but the town is small and therefore, kiddie attractions run out faster.

Nevertheless, we had a ball in this beautiful town, and left most reluctantly to catch a train to Brussels. This time, as opposed to dragging suitcases for 30 minutes along cobblestone streets, we took a cab, which took five minutes and cost us barely anything.

The train ride to Brussels was fast and easy, with wonderful vistas along the way. Riley hammed it up {he's performing an in-joke, below} and very soon we were at Brussels Central.

We then killed a few hours at the train station's fabulous food hall . . .

. . . then jumped on another train to first Rotterdam, then a quick change for The Hague. It was glorious to see our colleague and friend Nick at the train station, though I must admit, I'm still confounded by the train stations in The Netherlands. They are all open-air! and with temps struggling to reach zero, this was a little mind-bending.

Nick took us on a little tour of his local area and then surprised us with the news that another colleague had vacated his stunning house, just a few doors down from Nick's own gorgeous house, and we had the entire place to ourselves! It was such a wonderful surprise for these weary travellers - and my only concern was that I would never, ever want to leave. Would you?

distance travelled: 19,515km

our big trip - days 1 + 2: Melbourne
our big trip - day 3: Flying to Europe
our big trip - day 4: London
our big trip - day 5: London
our big trip - day 6: London
our big trip - day 7: London
our big trip - day 8: London
our big trip - day 9: Leyland
our big trip - day 10: London
our big trip - day 11: Paris
our big trip - day 12: Paris
our big trip - day 13: Paris
our big trip - day 14: Bruges
our big trip - day 15: Bruges 
our big trip - day 17: The Hague
our big trip - day 18: Amsterdam
our big trip - day 19: Amsterdam
our big trip - day 20: The Hague
our big trip - days 21 + 22: Brussels
Two days lost with travel and travelling east
our big trip - days 25 + 26: Bangkok
our big trip - day 27: Kanchanaburi
our big trip - days 28 - 32: Cha Am Resort
our big trip - day 33: Hua Hin
our big trip - days 34 + 35: Coming Home

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