Ending up in Ieper
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The 21st of July is our National Holiday and as tradition wants it, it's either (in 80% of the cases) raining or there's a heat wave on, so it didn't come as a surprise that as soon as we crossed the border into Belgium, it started to rain.
We weren't looking forward of getting back home so soon, so when we saw the sign for Ieper, we looked at each other and said 'let's stop for coffee'.
Well, that was the best decision we'd made the whole weekend. As soon as we drove into town, we knew we had made the right decision. We drove through the Menenpoort, which was gorgeous, and then found ourselves on the market square with city hall and the lakenhallen, which house the 'In Flanders Fields' war museum.
Since we were here for coffee, that got priority. We had apple pie at 'Le Mirroir' and afterwards stole a map at the tourist office and set about exploring the city center.
Unfortunately, our exploration was cut short by the weather, which drove us back into the car and onto the highway for another 3 hour drive home.
I've probably made this sound like this wasn't much of a trip and it is true that I wouldn't recommend it to anyone... at least not the places we visited. But we did have fun and staying at the Chateau and dining at their excellent restaurant was an experience in itself... yet we probably won't be going back there anytime soon. Sorry.