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It’s been a busy few days here in Belgium! Both 7th Exmouth Scouts and 1st Westbury guides are certainly making the most of their visit and fitting as much as possible into their trip. We’ve been darting around Belgium and visited Leuven, Bruges and Brussels to see what they have to offer.


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On Sunday we all went into Leuven and spent the day swimming and then bowling. Judging from the scores, none of us will be going pro anytime soon but both were really good fun! The next day we traveled 2 hours to the beautiful city of Bruges, famed for its lace, horse and carriages. We took a river cruise around the canals where several famous building and churches could be viewed. Next, we wound our way through the tourists and carriages to make it to our next destination, a very well received stopped at the Chocostory factory. Of course being Belgium we had to sample the chocolate and there were certainly enough free samples to have a go at here. As well as a demonstration we were able to learn about the history of chocolate, from its origins in South American culture to when chocolate drinks classed as the height of sophistication in 1700 century Europe. That night we had a group vs group quiz where it turned out the adults were by far the most competitive! Tuesday called for a trip to Brussels and here we saw all of Europe (well in miniature form) in the Mini Europe park; the world famous Atomium which we could go all the way to the top for some cracking views over Brussels before finishing the day at Océade water park.