Saturday, April 13, 2013

Breakfast in London, lunch in France and dinner in Belgium!

This year, so far, I have only travelled to the Canary Islands in Spain. We went there for my 16th birthday.  Okay i turned 16 many years ago...lets just say I am a twenty something who does not like to share her actual age!

We have travelled less this year mainly because of two reasons.

First it has been very very cold in this part of the world and second, Sid has  been extremely busy with work for the last couple of months.

Anyway, coming to today. We are finally travelling again and  I am sitting snug in my room in Hotel Navarra ( good, but not great- more on that later sometime), Brugge, Belgium as i type this.

Highlights of the day so far:

  • The most interesting thing about today was that we had all three meals in different countries. Breakfast in London, lunch in France and dinner in Brugge, Belgium.
  • Today has been a looong day. Got up at 6 in the morning because we had not even started packing. The cab came at 8:20 and we were downstairs before that. In the meanwhile, we had not only done our packing, taken baths and gotten ourselves ready, we had also managed to do dishes, clean the house, throw the garbage etc etc....
  • First we took the Eurostar from St Pancras International station that took us to Lille in France. A quick break in France which included a nice lunch, then another train to the middle of no where and then another train to Brugge, our final destination.
  • The Eurostar we boarded was headed towards Disneyland, Paris and a lot of our fellow passengers were families with excited kids.
  • No one at Lille Station spoke English! It was so funny. We barely managed to get by with the limited French we can manage
  • There was this very kind station manager at the Lille Station who actually took us all the way to the right platform because he could not quite explain to us the way!
  • At first glance, Brugge is quiet, sleepy and pretty- exactly the kind of place we were looking for for the weekend
  • We were both so tired by the time we reached the hotel (which by the way was built in the 16th century and is a historical monument) that we did not have the energy to venture out.
  • Sid slept and i watched a movie.
  • Later in the evening, we finally managed to go out for dinner, pretty much exactly when it started to rain again. Our luck!
  • We walked to the square and discussed how Brugge reminded us of both Prague and Salzbourg.
  • Sid had a three course, luxurious meal. I shared his desert and though i am hardly a person with a sweet tooth, i must say it was superlative!
  • As we had dinner, i realised that it was after so long that both of us were having a relaxed meal together. Sid has been so busy of late that even meal times in London have been intercepted by phone calls/ emails!
  • Dinner was also good because we discussed many things. Made sid laugh at some silly jokes and recounted bits from 'Dictator' a movie that Sid has also seen!
  • On the way back, we wandered around the main market place...looked hard for a place that sold bottled water and whooped with joy when we managed to find one...
  • Finally back in the room by 10:30 and with that the day ended...

I leave you with a picture I clicked before we sat down for dinner. Brugge, Belgium :)

Over and out! I need some precious sleep now!



Kishley said...

Wow... 3 meals in 3 diff countries is something i have never experienced! Brugge is beautiful! My favourite spot is any open pub beside the canal :) enjoy your trip..

Divya said...

I am jealous!! 3 delicious meals in 3 countries - Wow!

Raam Pyari said...

@kisley- yes, it is cool...we realised it only when we finished the day!

@divya- :)

anks said...

so you guys are travelling again.. have a great time!

reading this post made me realise something... when ppl put in extra effort at work, their families bear the impact of it... lives to get disrupted... and when the accolades come, the families are generally not acknowledged... :)

haven't seen his video so i dunno if he acknowledged you though :p

Justbcos2pplfellinlove said...

Wonderful...i always think of how it will be to have each meal in a different country :) Being in Europe helps a time you should add evening snacks in one country and dinner in another..4 countries in one day..just kidding. Love reading your blog