We left home on Wednesday the 14th May and drove to Rosslare in the Republic of Ireland. From there we took a ferry to Fishguard in Wales, arriving shortly after midnight. The poor husband drove through the night, with a few short stops, to Southampton, where we stayed Thursday night in a hotel. We have friends who live not too far from Southampton and they came to have a meal with us. It was lovely to see them, especially the gorgeous baby girl who was born since the last time we met up.
On Friday we embarked the Arcadia for our cruise. The first stop was on Saturday at Zeebrugge from where we had a trip into Bruges. The weather was already very hot and sunny. Before reaching the old part of the town we passed this beautiful lake which is called the Lake of Love. There were many swans and also ducks swimming on the lake and sitting on the banks.
|Lake of Love, Bruges|
|First stop in Bruges|
|We really needed a coffee!|
|Waffle drizzled with hot Belgian chocolate|
There were lots of shops selling lace items, some of which were very expensive. I bought a small Christmas decoration as a reminder of our holiday.
|Belgian lace Christmas tree|
|Organ grinder, Bruges|
|Weaving at the market, Bruges|
I was fascinated with the detail used for this downpipe that opened into one of the canals; it's a dragon's head!
|Dragon's head downpipe|
|Altarpiece with Michelangelo's Madonna and child|
|Michelangelo's Madonna and child|
Strangely enough, we watched The Monuments Men a few days later in the ship's screening room. Among thousands of other works of art, the story tells how this sculpture was saved during World War II.
We finished our trip by taking tea and crepes with rapidly melting ice-cream before heading back to the ship. We were able to sit outside at the back of the Carpe Diem cafe where they had a vine growing over our heads. It was so relaxing!!
|Two pots of Earl Grey tea|
|Crepes with ice-cream|
|Vine growing overhead|
|Starting the cotton blanket|
Well I think that's enough for now. I'll tell you about the other ports of call next time; probably there'll be a few more posts about the cruise so each one isn't too long. Thanks for reading - I hope you enjoyed it. And I hope you'll be back for more of my cruise log when it's ready.