Mileage from Reading to Ghent: 218. Average fuel consumption 27.80 mpg.
I had booked myself an overnight stop at The Drum inn, Ashford a well-known pub/stopover point near the Eurotunnel terminal. Many pubs with large grounds have now added showers and toilets to their facilities, and offer them as stopovers for caravans and motorhomes, which is a handy, inexpensive option to the local camping sites. I arrived at the terminal early the next morning, so I checked in and managed to get an earlier train to Calais!
I have always found that driving in Europe is a dream, and in a motorhome it’s even better. The journey along the motorway to Ghent was very pleasant, and with a quick snack stop just inside Belgium I arrived at the campsite, Camping Blaarmeersen (www.blaarmeersen.be), in the early afternoon. The campsite is quite large, and split into small areas for about 9 or 10 units. They do have hook ups, but beware as some points could need up to 50m of EHU cable! Then the fun began! After filling up with water, I realised that the domestic water pump had stopped working. I checked the fuse and other options all to no avail, so on I went to Facebook and the Hymer owners section for some great advice on how to resolve the issue,. Unfortunately this didn’t work, so next was a phone call to my dealership, Becks, who were wonderful and have posted a replacement pump to arrive at the campsite later this week, and the helpful people at the reception desk at the campsite called a local dealer for me, who will fit the replacement as soon as it arrives.500 different beers which is fairly standard for some bars in Belgium.
After all that, Good Friday found me in Ghent, a short bus ride away (I later found out that buses are free to use on Sundays!), to meet up with my friends Lainy and Ken from my biking days, and some wandering around the very busy and beautiful city of Ghent. St Bavo’s Cathedral is just stunning and beautiful, the Leie canal is busy with trip boats, and various sizes of house boats were moored up. Over the next couple of days we strolled all over town, taking in the wonderful flower market, doing some window shopping, stopping at coffee shops and eating at lots of nice independent small and large restaurants.
A bicycle made for 3. Ghent is mainly car free so everyone gets around on bikes or the trams.
A busy canal side.
The canal by night.
There are many good restaurants in Ghent, I would recommend trying the following restaurants:
Three Monkeys (https://www.three-monkeys-ghent.com/ for a selection of 50 different versions of omelettes, burgers and finger food.
Brasserie Savarin (http://www.brasserie-savarin.be/) a really great Ghent stew: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/user/4862541/recipe/stoofvlees-flemish-beef-stew
5th Gök (http://www.5thgok.be/ ) Great variety of food. Their toasted sandwiches were really good and the pasta looked good as well.
Hopefully, my water pump will arrive within the next couple of days and then I am heading for Holland and the tulip fields.