It’s a few days late, but I wanted to blog our last day in Belgium, which started with two of these beauties. For the record, I ordered Belgium pearl sugar and am going to try a homemade recipe to make these today.
I mentioned a few times, but we rented a car while were were in Belgium. It only cost $69 dollars for 9 days and was well worth it. We had to fill it up twice and laughed because the gas cost more than the rental. That being said it was an incredibly cheap and efficient way to travel around Belgium and we were really happy with it overall.
Our main destination for the day was to go and see the Pairs Roubaix, which is one of the oldest cycling races. We decided to watch a section of the race from the Forest of Arenberg.
Though cold, it was actually pretty fun to walk through the forest on our last day.
It was about a mile or so for us to get to our destination.
On my own, I’d probably never find myself in France at one of the most renown cycling races in the world. But that is one of the best parts of being married to this guy. His love for travel and his giftedness in things like confidently driving a manual in a foreign country have made for the most wonderful of adventures and it really is a great blessing.
So, this is what it looks like to spectate a cycling race.
Those are riders that my husband has followed for years.
In all honesty, most of them looked in pain because this was one of the many portions of the race that was ridden over the cobbles.
There are some of these in front of the restaurant where Christian works and I don’t even like the feeling of driving over them, so I can only imagine how it feels to race over them for big chunks of the 155 total miles that these riders race.
We had a great time cheering for the riders and I’m so glad we got to share in it together.
As we drove back to Belgium, we admired the vast beauty of this incredible country. Outside of it’s many iconic cities were beautiful and green farmlands. And lots of cows. But they are picturesque and we enjoyed seeing them nonetheless.
We decided to take a quick stop in Tournai. And not just so I could name this post tour of Tournai, though I did think it was a catchy title.
Sundays aren’t super busy and most of the cities shut down everything around 6 so there wasn’t a ton to see. We did admire a few churches.
We did stop in for a quick look at Tournai’s Notre Dame Cathedral. It was an incredibly beautiful and was built in the 12th century. And on the note of cathedrals, I was shocked to hear of the fire in the Paris Notre Dame Cathedral when we arrived back in the States and saw it on the news while going through customs. Jeremy and I got to see it a few years ago when we were in Paris and it was absolutely stunning.
After our walk around Tournai, we did stop for the first and only gelato I had on this trip. Most of the days were pretty cold and waffles were a much more appetizing treat of choice. That being said, for full disclosure, even though this picture is kind of cute, the gelato was actually really gross. I had a friend point out that I mainly share the good things on my blog. Which is true. But of course on every trip and in life in general there are always going to be struggles and trust me, I have my share. It’s never my intention to make others think I have it all together so I guess it’s just something to put out there because transparency at times is much more powerful than what seems like perfection.
We made it back to Ghent in time to pick up a few more chocolates. The Creme Brûlée from this show was my absolute favorite of the entire trip.
There was even a place where you could look down and see them making their chocolates. Go check out Van Hoorebeke if you’re ever in Belgium.
And that sums up the last day of our 2019 Belgium vacation. The jet lag is slowly but surely fading away and we are so thankful to be back with our kids and to our normal and busy lives. Thanks so much for sharing in our journeys!