06:00 hrs on Friday the 27th July a group of Twinners including
friends left Pennine Way near Morrisons in Verwood on a visit to
Brugge in Belgium. They were due to catch the 09:50 Eurotunnel shuttle
but this had been re-scheduled to 10:20 for "Operational
Reasons" according to Euroshuttle.
arrival in Coquelles a lunch and shopping stop was made at Cite Europe
followed by a visit to a Chocolate factory.
to the current issues in France (Nov/Dec 2015) delays on the motorway
when crossing the French / Belgium border amounted to 45 minutes each
way. A warning to anybody else who might be travelling this
Party arrived at the NH Hotel in Brugge some time after 1600 hrs. For
the rest of the free time in Brugge members of the party went their
own way visiting the main square having Carriage Rides trips on the
canals and shopping. The Christmas Market was in full swing and so was
the Ice Skating in the main square but it is not thought that anybody
took advantage of this.
some time during the visit most people went to the "Snow and
Ice" Sculpture Festival in Brugge. Ice Magic takes you into the
Belgium Cartoon world of Wanagogo Characters.
the walls are ice and all the characters are carved out of ice.
Although probably not well known in the UK the characters consist of
Maya and Willy, Vic the Viking and all their friends. It is
definitiely a different and enjoyable experience but it is necessary
to wrap up warm as of necessity it is extremely cold. (see http://www.icemagic.eu
an excellent breakfast members went on to discover more of Brugge and
have some lunch before departing from the hotel at 15:30. After the
border delay we sailed through the Eurotunnel checks and though having
a crossing of "Q", we were ushered onto the
"O" crossing which was 1/2 an hour earlier, arriving back in
Verwood at about 21:30 time.
last chairman organises these trips so why not look out for future
trips. Join the association and they will be included in the
newsletter or on this site.