So far this year’s Euro CC rally had seen us having a 2 day rally in Brussels, followed by a 6 day rally in Tournai. The final part, called the prolongation, was to spend 2 days at each of 3 Belgian towns, Aywaille, Eghezee, and finally Gent.

On Monday 25th May our group went to the first venue which was Aywaille, the site was just a 10 minute walk from the town centre, so after parking up and a bite to eat we walked into town, a really charming little place with a bar on almost every corner.

One thing I did learn on these rallies, is that the Belgians take their beer very seriously, and that they have 1,400 different makes of the stuff to choose from, ranging from 2% alcohol to a giddy 12% which is as strong as wine! At these sort of strengths you only sip your beer, you don't just drink it down.

IMG 2326 800x600Early the next day we were all picked up by coach's, and taken to "Savage World" wild life park for the day, first a meal in the park restaurant, then taken around the whole savage world site on a open top motor train, followed by  "Birds of prey"  "Sea lions" and "Parrot" displays, we were all back on the coach's at 3-30 and were taken to the town hall to be welcomed to Aywaille by the mayor and get a free beer each!.

On the Wednesday we all packed up and headed for the next venue, arriving at Eghezee at 1pm. After settling in we visited a range of marquees that had been set up, and were packed with free samples of local produce, cheeses, sausages, pate`s, wines, and of course beers. In the evening a full meal was served up to everyone in some larger marquees that had been erected.

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Next day we were taken by coach to a local micro-brewery and shown how beer is made and bottled, and of course given a couple of free samples to enjoy, unusually the beer had been made with wheat and so was quite cloudy. In the afternoon we were taken to a snail farm and told how to breed and cook them, fascinating stuff, but Yuck!! Although we did buy a jar of snail pate` to fool our kids with when we got home.

 

 

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In the evening a 7 course meal in the large marquees, with entertainment from a French Elvis Presley tribute act, that was in fact really good, considering he was trying to sound like Elvis with the handicap of a French accent! 

 

 

 

On Friday all our group drove to Ghent, the last prolongation venue, unfortunately the welcome meet was spoiled by IMG 1124 569x800torrential rain which did not let up until 10pm, a real shame. Up early on Saturday and everyone was taken by coach to Ghent centre, and were met by a English speaking guide, who gave us a 2 hour conducted tour of Ghent's historic centre and its wonderful old towers and buildings.

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After, a typically Flemish meal was provided for us in a riverside restaurant, then all on to an open top boat, for a trip around the towns canals and rivers, later a couple of hours of free time was fitted in, to wander, then back to our site on a coach.

 

 

The whole Euro CC rally was a triumph for the 2 Belgian clubs that had organised it. with 500 camper vans, visiting 5 different cities, and spread over 2 weeks, the logistics must have been frightening, but never the less they succeeded with one of the best rallies I have ever been on.

Next year Athens?

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