19 May ’04, Wednesday. After a great breakfast we pulled the van out of the pitch and headed off to Laarne. We went the wrong way….. Well, it wasn’t the first time and I’ll be you it wont be the last. As it was we had a nice drive. We finally did find our way to Laarne. In Laarne there is a castle that was commissioned by Dietrich of Alsace in the 12th Century. It really is a beautiful castle and it would have been even better if it were open!!! After enjoying our drive and finally finding the castle we found out it was only open on Sundays. This was WEDNESDAY? Oh well… We did get onto the grounds and got some nice pictures before they found us and ask us to leave.
Well not all was lost. Another decision was made on the road and so we headed off to Oudenaarde. I sure hope all of you are keeping up with all your map work as we transverse Europe (I’m speaking to our grandkids). Another very beautiful city with quite a few very interesting and gorgeous buildings and grounds. The Stadhuis (City Hall), is a masterpiece that was erected in 1526. Built in the Renaissance style with an extremely high roof and divided in half by an elegant bell tower. We were able to spend at least 3 hours there before we had to head for the grocery store and on to the pitch in Ghent. Tonight…. Shish-Kebobs !! Tomorrow…Train ride to Brugge for “The Day Of The Ascension” which is a MAJOR holiday here. The procession of the relic of the “Holy Blood” from the Basilica to other churches were additional masses are said. Many more processions will be held throughout the city all day.