Whenever I travel by train in Europe, which isn’t often enough, I’m reminded of the poor state of the UK’s rail network. Trains in Europe are more modern and, because they have no Victorian track legacy, larger.
They’re significantly cheaper too. When recently booking trains in Germany, I found tickets to excellent value, with first class a lot cheaper than the UK standard fare. And then today, with a return from Ostend to Ghent costing only â‚¬10.80.
That’s â‚¬10.80 for a 120 mile round trip, on a shiny new train with tons of leg room.
Another thing which has impressed me about our long weekend in Belgium has been the number of bikes on the road. And cycle lanes, lots of cycle lanes. Another thing in which the UK is deficient.
Anyway, in Oostende, Brugge and Gent there were a lot of bikes.
Moving on to a different subject, Belgium is something of a vegan desert. That’s desert, not dessert. I’ve eaten a lot of crisps in Ostend. People eat a lot of kip here (dead bird).
Ghent, though, was different. While we only found a few places, apparently there are more vegetarian/vegan eateries than in London. We found pizza in a mental converted church.
The Holy Food Market was mad, but amazing. Imagine a huge old church full of eateries and bars.
So today wasn’t about beer. The cultural stuff kept getting in the way.
We did manage to stumble across Belgium’s only comic bar though.
I did love the emerging veggie revolution in Ghent. Here’s an example on a wall of a meaty restaurant.