22.09.2016 - 22.09.2016
I am very, very sad to say that this post will bring an end to our epic adventure in Europe. While we haven't landed back on the soil of Australia yet, we have taken to the sky from Amsterdam with one last stop on the way home. But before we get into that I think it only right that we first talk about waffles.
Now if we're talking about waffles then we're talking about one place and one place only. Belgium. Once we had left France we headed to the city of Bruges. Bruges was absolutely amazing. It is the absolute mental picture of what we think of when we think traditional European village. With everything from church towers and amazing town halls, to cobblestone streets and canals. And of course, it wouldn't be Belgium without the most amazing waffles ever eaten and about 110 chocolate shops. We did do some nice touristy things like stroll along the canals, visit the windmills, and take a boat ride on the canals, which were all great. But if I'm being honest, it was mainly the food that we were interested in. We had waffles on a stick, fries from the country that gave light to the wonderful inverntion, Belgian chocolate galore, and the most amazing warm, gooey, cream and chocolate topped waffles ever! If you couldn't already tell, we lied Bruges!
Also, one quick side note, while we were in Bruges we discovered that there was a magic switch that we needed to flick to charge the secondary battery in Frankie. So after a night of charging we had our lights a water pump working again. Woohoo!
Our next stop was Brussels. Now, being a capital city, Brussels didn't really have the same charm as Bruges, but we did still really like it there. Here we also did what would be our last walking tour of the trip and had probably our best tour guide so far. Starting in the really cool old town main square we saw amazing buildings and got a great feel for the city of Brussels. Naturally, we again had some incredible waffles (this time just plain) and some fries for lunch, before moving on again.
This move took us further north again, and took Frankie back to her home country of the Netherlands. Our goal was the city of Breda where we were excited to catch up with Maddie's friend Lauren again who we had caught up with when we first arrived in Amsterdam all those months ago. Although we didn't really get to see much of Breda it seemed like a really cool town, and well dinner was delicious.
The next 2 days were spent getting Frankie ready to return home, with a little trip to Dordrecht along the way. After hours spent scrubbing Frankie from top to bottom we had her loookig pretty respectable. And then the day came. We drove Frankie back to the storage yard and, after saying our sad goodbyes, we left Frankie fo good.
We still had 4 days before our flight so we headed to our home away from home in Amsterdam at Danika and Jeroen's house. Unfortunately Danika had to fly to the US for a conference so we only got to see her for about 10 seconds, but it was great getting to hang out with Jeroen again before we left. We pretty much spent these days in Amsterdam eating. We visiting 2 food markets, ate Appletaart, had fries again, devoured so delicious hotdogs, and ordered the most amazing hom delivery ribs in the world!
But all too soon it was time to make a move again. So after some amazing relaxed days we headed to the airport, bound for our final destination before home.