Latest holiday in Belgium
Posted by sonjaf , 11 September 2011 · 285 views
2011 we decided as the weather was so unpredictable this year, we would do Belgium
With more chateaus per mile than any other country in Europe, we thought we would see them everywhere, however, with all the forests and hills they were hard to see, unless you were visiting them
I got a great map before we went, which highlighted towns to visit, it also marked abbeys, chateaus, petrol stations on the motorways (very useful)
However, trying to find campsites in Belgium is easier said than done, I had done some research before we went so had 3 campsites earmarked (with others for back up)
boy, was I glad I had. We were often in a town and saw signs for campsites, but could you find them................nope not a hope in hell, they were so badly signposted that there was no chance at all.
We started off in Brugges, at Camping Memling, which was extremely busy, expensive at 26E, for which you got a superb location but not a particularly good campsite, very cramped, with very low electric 4 amps!!
However, you could take a long walk into Brugges
We enjoyed Brugges, were very pleased that we decided to take a boat trip, which was only 13E and soooo worth it.
Made the mistake on that the first day of our holiday to get a coffee in the Burg Square, BIG MISTAKE 10.60E for 2 coffees, we paid in shock walked away and said HOW MUCH, why do we forget, we know to avoid those cafes on the tourist walks !!
The next morning we drove down to the Ardenne area to Camping Bertrix, to the worst rain ever, the temperature down to 12 degrees, the most unhelpful staff ever, who said "walk around chose your pitch" IN THE RAIN
they also told us it was 32E per night, when really it ended up being 23E, I think it was a language problem.
We wanted to be in the area, so stayed for 4 nights, but it was not a good place for us
After that we moved to the most idyllic place next to the river La Lesse in Houyet, it was totally dead when we arrived, on a Tuesday, when they are closed. But come the weekend it was ramming
Every morning for all morning the kayaks were being paddled past, it was hugely entertaining as there were all sorts of people trying to kayak. It was very shallow by us, so people were always getting stuck, great fun to watch. And eventually we just had to have a go, one of the most memorable days of my life, such fun. 21 km from Houyet to Anseremme, we think we left about 10.30/11 and we got to Anseremme totally exhausted about 5ish, my arms, shoulders were aching so much for about 2 days after, Would I do it again............
like a shot
We stayed for 4 nights and then moved again to Park La Clusure, a wonderful campsite with superb facilities, warm floors, warm air, clean, smashing. The staff here were excellent, friendly, and all spoke English.
It was weird, they dont see that many English people but there were 7 of us arrived within an hour and a half, the girl asked me if we were together
From there we drove to the ferry took us about 3 and half hours