day 2132 – burnt notre dame

left belgium in the morning for our final country, france. taking the train is the easy part, lugging the suitcases to airbnb is the hard part. the unfortunate timing for the notre dame fire caused us the chance to take nice photos. it was hard to get any good views of the building because it’s currently obstructed for reconstruction. over the course of our the europe tour thus far, many of the buildings are under construction. hopefully the ones in paris won’t be like that was well

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day 2131 – amsterdam centraal

we added another country to our list by making an impromtu day trip out to amsterdam. it wasn’t a bad idea until we realized a two and a half hour train ride, one way, is actually painfully long. during the day, we almost melted because we were basically outdoor all day and it was thirty one degrees at one point. the city had a lot of historic buildings, bikes, canals and floating flower markets. it was a nice place to take photos and enjoy the scenic walk

day 2130 – ghent city

made another day trip out of today, this time to the city of ghent. this city, similar to antwerp, also has a lot of canals and historical buildings. the rows of houses along the canal are quite photogenic. i enjoyed the scenic walk along the canal, but my feet and legs are really worn out after so many days of constant walking. we got back in town before dinner time and finished the last of belgium shopping. at this point i’m really starting to feel homesick, missing so much of what i have in vancouver

day 2129 – antwerp day

took the train early to another city and made an antwerp day trip. for the first couple hours, it was a lot of walking around looking at a combination of cathedrals, churches, canals and statues. just before rushing for the train back to brussels, we hit up the chocolate nation tour. it was a very neat place because there i learned about the origin of chocolate, its significance and differences, took a bunch of pretty pictures and even got a chance to taste test a few types. got back to brussels for a nice dinner out catching up with an ex-coworker. she took time to show us around the city and showed us that food trucks are where the best waffles are at

day 2128 – grand place

arrived in belgium by late afternoon on a eurostar train and made a very productive first day. started by going far out to atomium where i did my second flip. it was a little better than the first, but still not getting the height and rotation i’d like to see. also visited grand place, manneken pis and bruxelles stock exchange building. we were much more efficient than the original itinerary; i hope it’s not because we’re doing a hasty job of taking photos and not fully absorbing. we even went back to grand place and stayed until 10:30 before deciding this is as much light as we’ll get to see

day 2127 – afternoon tea

this would be my very first afternoon tea of my life and i must say it’s one expensive meal. i enjoyed the food, but it was a lot of pastry and sweets to take in for one sitting and i left feeling unusually bloated. the delicacy is way too much for my stomach and wallet to enjoy. the calories intake is defiitely something i can’t afford anymore often than once a year. i don’t know what constitutes a good afternoon tea, but i’m not one to look too deeply into it. starting to have traces of missing home

day 2126 – duck and waffle

this was suppose to be a super highly rated restaurant that requires months and months of advance booking. the view from the fortieth floor was nice, but aside from that, i personally thought everything was overpriced and overrated. the duck and waffle was minimally okay and i definitely wouldn’t pay eighteen pounds for it. on top of that, their service was one of the worst i’ve ever seen. i’d day i’m dissatisfied with the amount i paid for in return