Brussels aka the layover with chocolate

Brussels aka the layover with chocolate

Smoothish arrival in Belgium, though initially we got out at the wrong train station. (They have THREE!) Had lunch and went to the movies (Suicide Squad – not really excellent.) Then hit Leonides for a huge bag of Belgian chocolate, did a little more shopping. We also wandered through the palace square – quite by accident. Didn’t even consider going to any sites or museums. Now for some dinner and then – The Chunnel to London.

Off to Bruges

We are on the early train from Amsterdam to Brussels. We have several hours there before our train back to London. Just enough time to buy some chocolate, a keychain and maybe a pair of earrings.

Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam ROCKS

Great collection.
Well designed space.
Well trained staff.
And – wait for it – an audio guide that just blows all the other crap into space. Finally.
I swear, if I win the lottery, I am sponsoring new audio guides for all the other great museums we saw thus summer. (That did NOT have great audio guides!)

Next up: Rijksmuseum

Amsterdam Hotel

We are staying at a real hotel. A nice hotel. With soft beds and breakfast and a balconie. Such a miracle that our room (an upgraded deluxe room) was available when we arrived 6 hours early. We were just going to leave our luggage and head out to explore. Instead we get showers, breakfast and a perfect start to our one day here. . Bliss for our last 24 hours on the Continent.