After running the Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle, Cornwall for 17 years, Graham King, his partner Kerriann Godwin, and their Chihuahua Yorkie cross Hugo are spending their retirement traveling around Europe in their beloved Hymer 508 motorhome, 'Dickie'.
Today is Saturday. Not the best day to visit the headquarters of
Tom Tom in Belgium we discovered. As we are on holiday we both have no clue as
to what day it is so I can not blame Mr Fluffy entirely for this one. As you
will see from the photos the Tom Tom HQ appears to be something of a work in
progress. Just a tad of building work is going on in the general area so
needless to say we were unsuccessful in our quest to rectify the sat nav
Look Carefully for Tom Tom HQ sign
'I'm sure this is Tom Tom HQ...no really'
We went on to the aire in Ghent which was hideous at best and
likely a dogging spot at worst. There were a lot of truckers in the general area and it was about
10 miles from the attractive town centre. We decided to head on to Eeklo which
is a lovely town and the aire has a reassuringly devilish statue at the
entrance. There are statues all around us here and we are loving that it is
free. Met a Dutch cat that travels everywhere with its owners who were
extremely pleasant and explained the aire to us. The kitty litter tray in their
teeny van was a bit of a put off for me but the cat was very sweet nonetheless.
The parking area is right on the canal and we met a very chatty British chap
who lives on his narrow boat and who regaled us with stories of his travels
down the Rhine. Some of his experiences sounded quite hairy to say the least.
The Eeklo Devilish Aire Guardian
Walked in to town and dutifully visited the church of St Vincent
where we were greeted by, what I can only describe as, a very sprightly Belgian
version of Julie Walters playing Mrs Overall. Complete with dowagers' hump and with
mop in hand, she happily offered us very tasty boiled sweets as we gazed at the
altar, before she went whizzing off to the entrance of the church to grab us
some guidebooks in English. Off she went again, back to her mopping, smiling
and bowing as she went. A very unusual experience but a very pleasant one at
the same time. Despite it being a relatively modern building (late 19th
century) it was extremely ornate and beautifully decorated inside –
we highly recommend a visit.
Dickie complete with narrow boat man in the foreground
We are turning into a techno delight here as Mr Fluffy has worked
out a way of sharing a wee fee hotspot with me and I can now listen to the tele
(yes I am a tele addict) via my mobile phone with headphones so I don't disturb
his non stop download of sat nav updates.
We've managed to control our waffle consumption thus far to nil
but we are loving the Belgian bread and custard tarts. Hopefully our daily
walks will burn off some of the calories.