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Family Reunited

By alison - August 1, 2005 (Updated: January 5, 2016)

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Caesar: Happy in his new home.

Drool has returned as a fashion accessory in my life… Caesar has made it to Belgium. He was happy to see us and none the worse for his travels.

He did however, get a bit excited in the cargo warehouse when he was let out for food and exercise, which resulted in him rolling around on the dirty floor and becoming the worlds first brown and black Saint Bernard. We had planned ahead, learning from past stays at ‘doggy camp,’ and purchased a hose and shampoo. After a good scrubbing in the backyard we had our brown and white puppy back.

He did however, get a bit excited in the cargo warehouse when he was let out for food and exercise, which resulted in him rolling around on the dirty floor and becoming the worlds first brown and black Saint Bernard. We had planned ahead, learning from past stays at ‘doggy camp,’ and purchased a hose and shampoo. After a good scrubbing in the backyard we had our brown and white puppy back.

He has explored the back yard, although it will be a while before he’s allowed outside unsupervised … we’re pretty sure he could jump the fence if he really wanted to. He has rediscovered our cats, much to their dismay and he has met our neighbors. The little girl next door, K, loves animals so we invited her and her mother over to visit. While K played with our cats, her mom gave us tips on where to visit in Belgium. Then we all took Caesar for a walk.

He was very well behaved and Andrew thinks we may have a future dog walker in C, as she showed no fear (although we will have to wait until she’s big enough to control him if he spies a cat…)

On Saturday, we did a bit of shopping again. We found a great mall in the Woluwe area. It was much nicer than the City 2 mall we had visited before. I’m not big on shopping malls, I would much rather go to the smaller boutiques, but this one was quite nice. We had gone looking for a store called Habitat that had been recommended to me as “kind of like Ikea but nicer and more expensive,” and that’s pretty much what it was.

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View of the barge lift

On Sunday we wanted to head out for our mystery drive but it rained pretty hard all morning. We read for a while and then put up our clock and by afternoon the rain had let up a bit. We loaded Caesar in the back of the car and set out. We drove through Waterloo, which I think is a very pretty town, and then just toured around the back roads. It was a beautiful drive.

We drove through farmland and small villages and even saw a couple of castles. At one point we spotted a tall tower like thing in the distance and Drew wanted to see what it was. As we got close we saw signs for the ‘panorama’ and decided it was some sort of tourist attraction. We parked the car and went to check it out. It turned out to be a giant lock for lifting barges up the Brussels – Charleroi canal.

We did the somewhat hokey yet informative audio guided tour. It described the life of the canal barge people as well as the lock itself. At the end of the tour, you can go to the top of the tower for a great view of the surrounding countryside. There is also a boat tour that will take you through the lift itself, but with the dog in the car, we opted out to return another time.

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View of the countryside from the tower.

We had supper that evening at a ‘Mexican’ restaurant in Waterloo. It wasn’t very Mexican but it had great atmosphere and the food was decent… so far the best spot we’ve eaten here.

That evening was the massive upgrade to Cheeseweb. I hope you enjoy the redesign. I was sick of purple and now that we are in Belgium and not the Netherlands, I thought the homepage should reflect that. I haven’t changed over all of the photo pages yet but I will get there eventually. So please look around, especially at the front page which I am particularly proud of. As always, feedback is much appreciated.

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian freelance writer and travel photographer and the founder of Cheeseweb.eu. She is the author of The Foodie Guide to Brussels: Local Tips for Restaurants, Shops, Hotels, and Activities. Alison landed in Belgium in 2005 and, over the years, has become passionate about slow and sustainable travel, in Europe and beyond. She loves to discover hidden gems - be they museums, shops, restaurants, castles, gardens or landscapes, and share them through her words and photos. She has visited 45 countries and is currently slow travelling through North America in an RV, with her husband, Andrew, and two well-travelled cats. You can also follow her work on Google+
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  1. Comment by fin

    fin August 2, 2005 at 16:41

    What a cool dog–fully capable of rescuing me in a snowstorm!

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