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Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bruges May 17th 2009

Well i’ll bet you’re all dying to know if we made the concert or not....? Well maybe not, but anyway we made it! It was pretty good, but according to Vince it wasn’t their best. After the concert we headed off to Mitcham - south side of London, so we could beat peak hour Friday morning traffic on the drive to Dover. We arrived at Dover and caught the ferry across to Calais. It was a smooth journey and then came the not so smooth journey - driving on the WRONG side of the road - well right side (which is wrong!) . Once again we needed bloody fuel. So after plugging in more service stations into the GPS and not being able to find a servo we were in another stressful situation! Luckily enough we ... read more
Free camp
Michaelangelo's Madonna and Child
The beer wall!

Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bruges May 16th 2009

Brussel Sprouts continued... I was so happy to leave Brussels. While the city does have a a beautiful town square (the Gran Place), and very large governmental buildings, it is nothing to write home about. My life is in no way, shape or form better now that I visited Brussels. If anything, I have a new affinity for darker, stronger biers, and will now most likely become an alchohalic. So if I had to pick one thing I enjoyed, it was there bier. I am, however, not a fan of their cuisine. Everyday in Brussels is like Deep Fried madness day with Mary at the frat house...pick any fattening meat, or simple carb, throw it in some pig fat, and fry it. VOILA, instant constapation and fat belly! I don't understand how no one in this ... read more

Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bruges May 10th 2009

Bruges is a nice clean little town that you can pretty much walk through the main part in an hour or so.Every other shop is either a chocolate or a lace shop. Two things Belgium is famous for.So I went to the Church of Holy Blood and saw the piece of cloth in the glass vial that apparently has drops of Jesus blood on it when he was taken from the cross.There is a man there at the altar guarding it and you can touch the vial and say a prayer then when you are done he immediately wipes the vial off with a rag and he is wearing gloves.The church inside is really ornate and quite pretty.No photos though:( I also saw Michelangelo's Madonna and Child this piece is one of his that is not ... read more
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Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bruges May 9th 2009

Ok let me catch you up on my Paris adventures..I went to The Louvre,Notre Dame,Arc de Triomphe(and walked all the way up),Versailles,Eiffel Tower(did not walk all the way up),Pere Lachaise, and a.... laundromat.Two very nice women helped me with the machines and I guess my French is not so bad as they understood me nor did they hiss or spit at me when i said i was American:) If you make an attempt to speak their language it works in your favor.I didn't run into one rude person there. By the way I love the Paris Metro i did not have any problems getting around at all!All in all I really enjoyed Paris but now i am off to Bruges.... read more

Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bruges May 7th 2009

Thursday - May 7, 2009 Our legs were a tad tired, or was it our behinds? For whatever the reason, we explored the town of Brugge in the morning. Having watched IN BRUGGE (because so many people said I should) I needed to know exactly where the Belfry was and wanted to see the stair tower where an eventful closing scene of the movie took place. The Belfry in Brugge is octagonal and rises 272 feet above the square, it was built between the 13th and 15th centuries. Inside the tower is a winding staircase thats leads up to the top - Jean and I wound our way up the 322 steps - only 70 people are allowed in the tower at a time - that made me a tad nervous -until we saw that about ... read more
Panaramic views from on top of the Bell tower
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Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bruges May 6th 2009

Wednesday, May 6th - here are more pictures! ENJOY... read more
The neighbors are always curious
I loved the flowers
Riding along the canal -  love the line of trees

Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bruges April 26th 2009

My last weekend hoorah! I cannot believe that this semester has almost come to an end. It is crazy to think that I am now taking finals and have to pack up all my things. Last Thursday night was our end-of-the-semester boat cruise. It was so much fun. We had to meet at the school and take an hour long bus ride to the Marie Astrid River. Once we got on the boat everyone found a table and got ready for dinner. I explored the top deck and enjoyed the weather outside. It was such a beautiful day, sunny and in the sixties. For dinner we had chicken in a white wine and mushroom sauce with potatoes. I really enjoyed the sauce on the chicken. For dessert we had a pie with crème on the side. ... read more
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Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bruges April 22nd 2009

Absolutely loved it here - even if it is pretty touristy. The streets are cobble and there is a canal running through the centre of town. It was a great day trip. We did a river canal ride. ... read more
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Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bruges March 29th 2009

When you buy a travel guide for Brussels, it's more than likely that the towns of Ghent, Antwerp, and Bruges will also be highlighted in the same travel guide. This week, I did as the travel guides say and visited each of these cities. As this was technically supposed to be the last week of my internship, and it was the last week for a couple of the other interns, I decided to make the most of my time left in this country and really experience true Belgium this week. Just to quickly explain why last week did not end up being the final week of my internship, after seeing how busy the Mission was during Secretary Clinton's visit I offered to extend my internship an extra week since I knew that President Obama would be ... read more
Bruges by Sea
Brussels Rotary Gala
Dinner at Bier Circus

Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bruges March 27th 2009

Well, well, well...after my birthday we moved onto Bruges (You may have noticed Smicy has gotten sick of doing blogs so you'll probably notice a decline in the quality of them, sorryyyy). Bruges is a small, medieval city. It consists of old medieval style buildings, chocolate stores, brewery tours and LOTS AND LOTS OF MUSEUMS...COUNTLESS MUSEUMS...which we only noticed when we were walking around. They have a potato museum, a lamp museum...why? Potatoes I can understand because they freakin' love potatoes and fries but lamps? Hmmmm. We were both getting pretty sniffly and cold filled by this point so we spent most of our time in Bruges resting up and wandering around slowly haha. Bruges is super small though so it didn't require much of our energy. The highlight of Bruges was going to The Chocolate ... read more
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