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09/01/2013 – 59 days/7738 miles

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I had another great experience with a previously unknown person hosting me at their house.
Pascal contacted me through this site and said that if I was passing through Nancy, France, I’d be welcome to stay at his house. I was originally planning to pass through Verdun, and Nancy isn’t far south of there, so that seemed like a perfect…

Shipping Montevideo to Antwerp: Part 1 – Montevideo

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A few weeks before we wanted to head home we had contacted a shipping agent in Montevideo. We knew that we wanted to send the Beast back to Europe via Grimaldi Shipping Lines and their agent in Montevideo is MHSA Ltda. We tried to contact Grimaldi directly but didn’t have any luck with this. It took a little while to…

Zeebrugge, Belgium 6-13

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The wonderful town of Brugge had taken our mind off the fact that our home was still on a ship coming across the Atlantic, but there was plenty of time to worry about all the stuff that could go wrong. Had it survived being parked in the holding lot at Baltimore for 10 days, (5 days longer than expected)?…

Brugge, Belgium #4 5-13

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We did find the “Red Light Zone” but these days it’s only know as the narrowest street in town. Andre’s B&B was full on Saturday so we spent the night at Charlie Rockets, a popular pub and hostel. We shared a room with six bunk beds and three British girls and one from Argentina. Poor Gary☺!! In the morning we had…

Brugge, Belgium #3 5-13

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Strolling around town we notice a sign advertising a free harp concert. It was a fabulous performance by Luc Vanlaere playing several unique instruments. One of his original compositions was titled “Along Silk Road-Heading East”. Of course we had to by the CD.

Lace making is an ancient craft in Brugge. The intricacy and precision required to make even…

Brugge, Belgium #2 5-13

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It was Saturday morning in Brugge, and being market junkies, we couldn’t miss the huge open market in the Markt Square. Aside from a large selection of fresh produce and flowers, there was an interesting assortment of live animals, specialized tools and clothing. Since we were not really traveling in the normal mode, we couldn’t buy much fresh food, but…

Brugge, Belgium #1 5-13

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Of course we could’ve stayed in Holland for another month and never seen it all, but we knew our truck was arriving in a few days and we wanted to be a little closer to the port in Belgium. That gave us the perfect excuse to visit the beautiful town of Brugge.
In 1277, the first trade fleet from Genoa,…

In Denmark

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Right now we’re spending our time in a hotel in Odense, Denmark. We had a little stroll in the city center, it was very busy due to a concert in the towns square, so a  lot of drunk kids hanging around.
The trip through Germany went ok, we went to one of their beer shops that Scandinavian people like to go…

So we’re on our way

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So we set off on Tuesday, it was a very strange feeling but now is time for a few pictures as we’ve been on the road for a couple of days. All in all I can’t believe I’m going to be away from home for so long, it feels like I should be turning around heading home now…
Firstly leaving…

Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany

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“It was the best of times, it was the würst of times” Daniel Nuth
That day we arrived in the city of Brugge in time for lunch and a wander around. The weather was melancholy, the indicators still didn’t work and the wobble we had noticed since replacing our transfer box was worryingly present.  On the plus side, the architecture…

Group Travel-So You Think it’s not for You? Think Again.

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For this post, and several more to come, I am going to talk a little bit about my employer, Grand European Tours, and the tours Jim & I have experienced with them. Yes, this is a bit of a deviation from the normal content, but never fear, I’ll still be talking travel!
I started with Grand European Tours in 1997…

Euro Dash

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Owing to our delayed departure and a pressing need to ‘Rush to Russia’ to maximize our visa validity we motored the first part of Europe- England to Denmark- at quite a pace. Our passports were literally swept from the postman and into our rucksack on Thursday then we hot-footed it down to Dover and watched the white cliffs fade into…