We Spell “Belgium” “S-U-R-R-E-A-L”

A quiet day.  We have a leisurely breakfast at one of the local bakeries and read the newspaper. We mentally prepare ourselves for an entire day of nothing to do. It’s hard work.

We ignore the hands of the clock as they march on and eventually head towards our afternoon rendezvous with some friends of ours.  We are due to meet by a lake in a wooded part of the town and I am keen to see if it will be the sort of place that would be worth re-visiting in summer.

We barely spend five minutes on the main roads and soon find ourselves meandering along the winding roads that snake their way through the Belgian countryside.  We reach our destination and I choose to get out of the car to stretch my legs while we’re waiting.

Fowls By The Lake

Passing Through

An industrious fowl family waddles past and the ring leader shakes her beak at me with an admonishing look on her face when I try to take pictures.

Across the road, I can see a path through the woods.  The path is narrow but wide enough for me to walk through.  Around me, branches huddle round, the sight of leaves creating a natural canopy above my head.  Underfoot, the dead leaves and twigs do not crunch but squelch, showing that winter is not far behind us.  Ahead of me, I can see pockets of light where the sun beams have managed to wrestle their way into the depths of the countryside.

I step back as our friends’ arrival interrupts my exploration.  I pass the entrance to the forest and catch sight of signs that solemnly announce what is and what is not allowed.

Belgian Warnings

You just can’t

I do not intend to cycle or drive along this narrow path.  Next time, I will not bring any fake, pantomime horses either.

Giddy Up


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  1. Thanks for this information. I planned an early spring drive holiday to Belgium this year and now I will be more carefull what pantomine props I can carry safely with me.

    • unexpectedtraveller

      Henry – good thinking as you never know how awkward it may be to have a pantomime horse when it’s impolite to show off.

      Diane – Your guess is as good as mine

      FlyingJJ – You’re not Belgian, by any chance, are you?

      The Unexpected Traveller

  2. To me it looks like a person on a bed facing the pillow with his/her leg off the bed …the only problem is that the person is alone on the bed!!

  3. That sign is even better than the picture of a dog outside my local park. I’ve still got no idea if the dog is or isn’t allowed.

    • unexpectedtraveller

      Laura – you must send us a photo of that sign .. or better still, tell me where it is and I’ll come round and turn it into a blog post! 🙂

      The Unexpected Traveller

  4. I thought it was a person riding a broomstick at first lol 🙂

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