Amsterdam – Brugge – London

The final day of our tour has arrived and after a big night out in Amsterdam,  everyone begrudgingly boarded the coach for a 7:30am departure. 

We drove for a few hours then arrived in Brugge, where we stopped to have lunch.  Brugge is a very beautiful place,  but boy was it cold!

Bruges’ City Hall (1376) is one of the oldest in Belgium. It is from here that the city has been governed for more than 600 years. An absolute masterpiece is the Gothic Hall with its late 19th-century murals and polychrome vault. 

We arrived at Calais early enough to catch an early ferry which would ideally get us back to London before 8pm. It was here that we said our goodbyes to Damien, our wonderfuku driver who would be staying on the continent.

The seas were very rough and I have never felt so seasick.  Our drive from Dover to London was very long. There was a major accident on the M2 which shut down all 5 lanes and delayed us an hour. No less than 20 emergency vehicles pushed past us to thr scene.  Seven vehicles were involved.

We arrived back at Clink 78 at around 8pm and all said our goodbyes.  I caught a taxi back to the Rhodes Hotel where I stayed one night. The room was nice, but I had to climb ten flights of stairs to get there. Thank goodness they helped me with my bags!

The belfry of Bruges, or Belfort, is a medieval bell tower in the historical centre of BrugesBelgium. One of the city’s most prominent symbols,[1] the belfry formerly housed a treasury and the municipal archives, and served as an observation post for spotting fires and other danger. A narrow, steep staircase of 366 steps, accessible by the public for an entry fee,[2] leads to the top of the 83-metre-high building, which leans about a metre to the east.
To the sides and back of the tower stands the former market hall, a rectangular building only 44 m broad but 84 m deep, with an inner courtyard. The belfry, accordingly, is also known as the Halletoren(tower of the halls).
The building is a central feature of the 2008 film In Bruges.
City Hall
Markt
In front of the town hall
Belfry
Cobblestones in the Markt
Baz our wonderful tour guide and me in front of the town hall
Ferry from Calais to Dover
Traffic on the M2

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