After a few km of riding, we needed to cross the river. This was via a tunnel. Into the lift to go down 31m, then ride through the 1km tunnel, then back up the lift and then on our way.
Our first stop today after about 15km was the beautiful town of Bazel. The local cafe opened up for us to have coffee/hot chocolate, delightful.
The large mansion was built for a Count. He was a collaborater with the French during the Napoleonic War and made a Count. That entitled to have a mansion.
For the hot chocolate, they bring out the hot milk and you add your own chocolate to the strength you want it.
Lunch stop was at Temse, nothing particularly great about it apart from the cycle lane on the outside of the bridge. However, this sign amused me.
Afternoon stop was at Sint Amrands. The waterways in Belguim tend to be much larger than the Netherlands.
Our last stop for the day at our boat was in Dendermonde. Unfortunately, the weather deteriorated and we got wet for the last half hour. After our 6pm dinner, a walk into town ensued.
Once again, like so many other towns here, the Church is the dominant feature in the centre of town with a large open space around it.
This down was destroyed totally during the 1st World War, so there are no buildings older than 100 years. When rebuilding, they tried to recreate the style of pre war. They did a great job as it looks like the other towns we have seen.