OK so the two girls arrived back. One has two stitches on her forehead and two staples in the back of her head and loads of bruising, the other bruising only so both are on board today. Garrie stayed too as it was raining and quite cold so he decided it simply would not be fun.
Our Capt Bert gave us a talk about shipping history in the area last night. Very interesting. 40% of goods still moved by barge. You could sail from here all the way to Moscow or from the north of Europe all the way to the south of France.
This river, the Scheldt has a 5m tidal movement which I cannot capture on a photo but which you can see moving very fast. Yesterday we were running against it, today we are with it. This barge was converted and this picture shows what it did look like. This is only the second time it's been out since its refurbishment. In winter it will sit in Amsterdam and can be booked as a BnB or for corporate groups. What a great idea.
Also the barges with cars are usually family owned. On a Friday the car may be offloaded (they often have their own on board crane to do this). They then go and pick up the kids from boarding school for the weekend.
Not as impressed with the houses in Belgium. Fairly ordinary with this being one of the best we passed today.
So part of the fun is going through locks.
and before that some beer tasting - given Belgium is famous for beer. It's a blind test - no one knows what they are tasting.
Here are the 9 beers they tried. The last one was corked.
And here is the monument to the Van Eyke brothers
I also took this final photo for my "Green" friends.
Looked like a great spot, but we only had a short time in Ghent and then it was back to the barge for yet another sumptuous three course dinner. Tomorrow is our last full day on the cruise. I'm thinking I should stay on the boat again, though I'd love the cycle into Bruge. I am improving but don't want to go backwards. Will decide in the morning.