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IMG_0672 * Ready to head out from New Jersey, but with a 1 hour delay.
 
Cheers!
IMG_8353 * After a sunny arrival at Köln, we head to Belgium in our rented Renault.  

First stop, the lion of Waterloo, where Napoleon got his ass kicked.
IMG_8358 * In route, we visit the  castle at Beersel...
IMG_0675 * Home of Drie Fontaine one of the top producers of gueuze...
IMG_0677 * where we had a quick lunch with our beers.
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IMG_8362 * Back to Cafe Roy d'Espagne at the Gran Place of Brussels after over 30 years!
IMG_8363 * Always magnificent, the Gran Place (Grote Markt) is surrounded by  city hall and the former guild halls.
IMG_8367 * Cafe Roy was formerly the Bakers Guild but only the Brewers Guild is still operational.
IMG_0681 * Cold!  Nope, not if you have DogFish World Wide Stout!
IMG_0686 * Are we coming or going?  Arriving in Gent at 5:00, traffic time...
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IMG_0687 * we rely on our TomTom GPS to meander down picturesq streets...
IMG_0728 * to arrive at our first B&B.  Operated by Anne Gourhant at Burgstraat 25, you can't find a better location. 

More info at http://www.bedandbreakfast-gent.be
IMG_0692 * Meeting with Jeremy and Theresa of London, we enjoy a nice, but slow meal before entering...
IMG_0710 * Het Waterhuis right next door.  The Babblers took the entire second floor.

More about this gathering at http://www.callzia.info/BBB/07_BBB_Gent/index.htm
IMG_0693 * Chuck Cook & Carol discuss... what else, beer!
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IMG_0704 * But having been awake for over 24 hours, I walked Carol back to our B&B... at 8:30!
IMG_0705 * I returned to Babble and beer swap passing the Gravesteen Castle along the way.
IMG_0723 * The next morning, we awoke to a great breakfast which Anne brought in, but forgot to raise the heat!  In was a rainy & windy Belgium morning.
IMG_0730 * Anne and her dog walked Carol down to our next B&B.  The Brooderie, a bakery!
IMG_0733 * Meeting Jeremy and Theresa at their 1600's hotel, we join with the CA crowd...
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