On the Way Back from Belgium

2015-07-16 at 13:26

A few days in Belgium
“Our” team did win the tournament. They guys where so happy – that was good fun.

A onion in Luxembourg
Since gas is cheap we did stop on the way back from Belgium in Luxembourg. Since it was 6 pm we did also our shopping for the evening. I had the idea that Luxembourg might be cheap in the supermarket as well. Oh boy was I wrong. The only cheap thing is liqueur that is all. The parking was completely crowded and the border to France only a few minutes away. If you have a big big supermarket like that at the German or French border in Switzerland it would never be that crowded. They would go shopping outside Switzerland. So one example is this onion. Yes it is a single onion that is wrapped and it is 0,79€! You get a kilo of that back home. Well now we know :-)

On the way back from Belgium
Back in France – searching for a camp ground

On the way back from Belgium

On the way back from Belgium

On the way back from Belgium
The first camp ground was not there. The second one was closed. So the next one was in Metz – in the city center. Since it was really late we decided to go there. We did expect the worst – a camp ground like Stuttgart for example. And we where wrong again!

On the way back from Belgium

On the way back from Belgium

On the way back from Belgium

On the way back from Belgium
We did arrive when it got dark. but unlike Belgium somebody was still working at the camp ground. Now look at that. Right next to the water with green on the other site. It was quite and we where really happy to stay here.

On the way back from Belgium
Right in front of us was some high green and out of there a mother duck with her two kids came and walked to us. We gave them a few very small pieces of bread.

On the way back from Belgium
Only a few minutes later another round of visitors. And they only came out of the water – went to us and then back to the water. Did not say hello to nobody else…

On the way back from Belgium
The other one did see that we still have some food so she came back.

On the way back from Belgium
Sure we where sitting in front of the tent and we did look towards the river. I have no picture from the back of the place. Big big office buildings. But they take out a lot of noise i guess.

On the way back from Belgium
Than we did pack the stuff and went back to Stuttgart. Man it was hot – super hot. This is not for the weak. And you better have good protection for your skin!

A few Days in Belgium

2015-07-12 at 16:59

A few days in Belgium
Jürgen had the idea to go to a football tournament all the way up next to Antwerp in Belgium. So we took a few days more to take the 850 km slow and stretch them over a few days – and a few more kilometers as well.

A few days in Belgium
Usually we move even slower than the speed limit!

A few days in Belgium
If you go up on the German side of the border it is like staying at home so we did cross to France for a bit of holiday feeling. Last stop every day is the supermarket to get food and drinks and then it is off for the next camp ground.

A few days in Belgium
Nice village – lets see the camp ground.

A few days in Belgium
Does come with a lake – lets take that one than. France is campers paradise! They have so many camp grounds and they are quite affordable as well. Usually we pay about 15€ for 2 guys, one tent and the car. Most of the camp grounds have free Wifi and even free hot showers. Great!

A few days in Belgium
Nothing to call home about but it was quite and in the shade. Great for the first night.

A few days in Belgium
Sunny and hot – we did move on towards Luxemburg. Gas is cheap and the car was never there.

A few days in Belgium
Even the bus is golden here.

A few days in Belgium
Smokers paradise -> 42,50 € for 1 kg tobacco

A few days in Belgium
You know when you are in Belgium. They have their was monuments all over the place. This German tank had an accident and they left it behind. Now you can still see it as part of the villages war memorial.

A few days in Belgium
116. Panzer Division Windhund

A few days in Belgium
There was probably only one thunderstorm in Belgium that day. We managed to get right in the middle of it and got soaked till we found shelter under a bridge. After that – nice rainbow!

A few days in Belgium

A few days in Belgium
After another night on a Belgian camp ground we arrived at the tournament camp ground. Since we where quite early they let us park the car inside the camping area. The other guys could only come in with their campers. Other than that one had to park outside. BTW if you plan on camping in Belgium you better be at the campground before 18:00. We had no luck with two different camping places after 19:00. The reception closed at 17:00 and nobody was there. The last one I had to call and he was nice and came to the reception and we could camp inside.

A few Days in Dutchland

2015-06-27 at 13:47

This is the second part from my short trip to see Dee and Gerben for their wedding in the Netherlands.

Evening at the back of the house
Evening at the back of the house

View from the garden
View from the garden

At the Mirnser Kliff
At the Mirnser Kliff – about 5 minutes away with the bicycle. Most of the cars are from Germany.

Preparations for the party
Preparations for the party

Preparations for the party
Gerbens brother was here to help.

That went quite well and did not even took a long time
That went quite well and did not even took a long time

Time to go to the little grave yard at the street corner

Time to go to the little grave yard at the street corner
Since the tent went up so fast there was ample time to go to the little grave yard at the street corner

How to get to the bed now?
How to get to the bed now?

The view in the morning towards the Ijsselmeer
The view in the morning towards the Ijsselmeer

Sunset trip round the countryside
Sunset trip round the countryside

Sunset trip round the countryside

Sunset trip round the countryside

Back in Amsterdam at the Bus Station
Back in Amsterdam at the Bus Station

Just what you need - two hours customs control
Just what you need – two hours customs control

Off to a Dutch Wedding

2015-06-25 at 17:55

At Stuttgart Airport Bus Station
Stuttgart Airport Bus Station. Since some guys with not too much brain decided to build a new train station we have now 3 different bus stations in Stuttgart. And they are all in the middle of nowhere. This one makes sense if you want to take a bus to the airport. But that is it. There is shelter for a few people on one corner. To small for all the peoples waiting and if it rains and it is cold you are fucked. And you have to go and read the small bus boards to know where the bus goes. That makes you walk back and forth in the rain every time a bus stops somewhere on the large station. Lucky – today the sun is out and it was only a bit windy.

Stop in Karlsruhe
Stop at Karlsruhe bus station next to the train station. If you go to the other side of the train station you end up at the entrance of this nice park. And there is a little shop that sells really good beer as well. Perfect!

Highway to H
The view is quite booooring. But there is free (slow) WiFi and I had a power outlet at my seat so one can charge his device and watch movies. I did read for most of the time. Since there is a toilet as well it is quite comfortable. But slow compared to a train. And way less space of course. But so much cheaper. Had to change to a train in Amsterdam. Dee and Gerben did pick me up at a train station and gave me a ride to their place.

Dutch Breakfast
Dutch breakfast the next morning

Last preparations
Last preparations

The Thai Team
The Thai Team – fiddling with the flowers.

Finally - on the way to the Balk for the wedding.
Finally – on the way to the city!

The wedding
The wedding in the old City Hall of Balk

The kiss
The kiss

The ring
The ring

The picture
The picture

The whole picture
The whole picture

The roof
The roof

Thai food for lunch
After the rather happy ceremony we went back to the house and had some Thai food for lunch.

Off for a tour on the water
In the afternoon they had organized a little boat trip. It was nice and warm – and interesting in the city at last.

Off for a tour on the water

The 1st boat with the locals
The 1st boat with the locals

Looks like an old church
Looks like a old church

Off to the Dutch jungle
Off to the Dutch jungle

Nice bridge
Nice bridge

Nice bridge

Nice bridge

At the Beach Bar
In the afternoon we went to a Beach Bar for an early dinner. Than it was back to the house again.

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