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Published: April 3rd 2018
Sadly, today marks our last day in Bruges. Despite the frequent showers and chilly temperatures during our 10-day-stay, both of us enjoyed the ambience, people, sights, sounds and the food in this charming city of gabled houses, canals and cobblestone streets. It's easy to understand why this city has become such a popular destination for tourists, and we would love to return in warmer weather, when the gardens and foliage are in full bloom.
Of course, our fabulous rental apartment contributed to the pleasant stay. It was immaculate, well-equipped, and centrally located. A grocery store across the street was a big plus, and the owner's waffle and gelato shop downstairs had to be the icing on the cake!
Our original plan was to spend the day packing for our move to Tours, in the Loire Valley of France, tomorrow morning. But around noon, we decided to do a little walking, finish souvenir shopping, and perhaps have some lunch--we've yet to sample the moules frites
(mussels and fries) for which Belgium is famous! Of the dozens of restaurants on offer in our neighborhood, we settled on La Taverne Brugeoise, located on the Markt square.
Although it turned out to
be a typical tourist spot, the menu choices were appealing, and the prices reasonable. The mussels were tempting, but Dee ordered a small steak, while I wanted to try the chicken served on a flaky pastry.
We ordered a couple of monster-sized beers to wash everything down, and ended the meal by sharing a farewell waffle for dessert.
With a long travel day facing us tomorrow, we returned to the apartment to finish packing, and hit the sack early. In the morning, a taxi will be here at 7:00AM for the hour-long drive to the Brussels airport, where we board a flight that will deliver us to Nantes in about 90 minutes; then a long, 2-hour-drive to our final destination in the city of Tours. If all goes well, we'll be there by 3:00PM. Stay tuned!
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