Blogs from Bruges, West Flanders, Belgium, Europe - page 9


Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bruges July 13th 2009

Today we were up at the crack of dawn to the sound of the falling rain, not great when you have a day packed full of sights to go and see. Anyway we had our breakfast, definitely nothing to write about and got on the walking shoes to go and see the city centre. We spent an hour or so having a red bull to wake up and some internet browsing and then got going. We stopped at the town hall and took some pics with the fountain outside; it had really pretty modern art statues. We then made our way to the horse fountain and geese park, which was so pretty with the canal in the back ground and the boats going past and the horse drawn carriages it truly is magical. We took some ... read more
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Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bruges July 11th 2009

Today started off worst than any of the days we have had so far. Gail woke up with bites from head to toe, no idea what they were from when we woke up but as the day moved on we found out something we didn’t want to know. After an hour of debating what to do with the hotel manager we ended up at the pharmacy down the road and thank goodness after much French-English deciphering got the stuff that we needed. Some anti histamines and some cream to stop the itching. We then returned to the hotel with our sample bug, which was rather huge and ugly looking and the hotel manager had gone upstairs and had our bed removed to be replaced, to little-to late for us but any way once the bed was ... read more

Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bruges June 25th 2009

Hi Everyone! Yesterday I rented a bicycle and rode down from Bruges to the coast. I had a bottle of Diet Coke, my mp3 player was playing Twilight the audio book and it was a beautiful sunny day. A moment of pure bliss. Along the way I rode through a small town called Damme. It was quite adorable and had 3 used bookstores, though the only English books I found were the Harry Potter books. I hung out on the beach and watched people fly kites and generally frolic in the ocean. The bike ride was about 4 hours round trip. Unfortunately I forgot my sunblock so now I am a crispy critter. You would think that someone going to the beach would remember their sunblock, wouldn't you? They conveniently pave the bicycle paths here, even ... read more
Inside the Basillica of the Holy Blood
Canal at Damme

Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bruges June 23rd 2009

Hi Everyone, Today was another fun filled day in fantasy land...I mean Bruges! This city is almost like being in Disneyland. It seems like it was created and maintained solely for the sake of the visitors. And everyone here seems to be a visitor. The streets are filled with people snapping pictures and buying postcards. Strangely enough I don't hear much English. I guess Bruges is one of those tourist places that attract, not just foreigners but people from within its own borders. This morning I walked up 366 steps to the top of the Belfry tower on the Markt square. This belfry has 47 bells and still employs a full time carillon, who does bell concerts every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. I have heard that 'Don't Worry Be Happy' is a favorite. The view from ... read more
Strange fountain sculpture
Belfry from the bottom

Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bruges June 22nd 2009

I arrived in Bruges around 11am. I took the 10am train from Brussels. They didn't check my ticket at all. I just walked on to the train and then off again in Bruges and I could have been completly without a ticket. I am told that is an honor system, there are occasional spot checks and huge fines if you are caught cheating. The funny thing is that my ticket is valid between certain dates, so I could concievable use it again and again as long as no one takes it away from me. I guess it is a moot point as I have a specific Itnierary to stick to. Bruges is a beautiful, fairy tale town. You can literally walk across it in 20 minutes. I don't think you could even walk across Utica in ... read more
Beautiful Canal
Town hall

Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bruges June 21st 2009

Wow, Bruges is such a cool city! I highly recommend adding it to your itinerary when you're in Europe. I slept so good last night. It wasn't the best weather today but the sun came out after all. I started out on a self-guided walk that I had in my tour book. I'm glad I did because I got to see lots of Bruges. I went in this church that supposedly has a vial of Christ's dried blood. The museum was closed so I couldn't see it. I went on a 30 minute canal ride which was cool except for the tour guide was in Dutch so I could only understand about 6 words. I saw about 10 chocolate shops and bought so much chocolate. I hope some of it makes it home!... read more
Street view
One of the many lace shops
Main Square

Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bruges June 20th 2009

If I never ride a bus/train/plane again in my life I might be okay with that. My hostel was so loud last night and I was paranoid of sleeping past my 4am alarm that I got about 2 hours of sleep. I caught a bus to the airport, plane to brussels, hour and a half bus to train station, hour train to Bruges, bus to city center. I had originally planned to stay in Brussels but on the train ride I changed my mind. So I hopped on the train to Bruges! When I was riding the bus to the city center, I could not believe the amount of people on the streets. It looked like the state fair. Turns out, there is a triathlon going on. It must be huge because there were so many ... read more

Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bruges June 5th 2009

Well got on the bus in Paris and met the biggest drunk in the world!!! Just my luck!!! Nah just kidding but i did meet Adam and Nicole from Adelaide who are great. We travelled to Bruges, a quaint little Medieval Town in Belguim. It took me about 4 hours to see enough and realise that the Hostel Bar was prob where i was going to stay for the next 2 nights. Dont get me wrong Bruges is really really nice, but its somewhere really to go to with a partner that you can have little picnics by the canals and stuff like that, not much else to do really. So it was with that, that i also met G and Haley from NZ, also great people who dabble in a little binge drinking!!! So basically ... read more

Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bruges May 23rd 2009

Hallo and Bonjour, Friday was cool because Katrina, who was visiting from Denmark, met up with me. We went to the Cantillon brewery, and went on the tour. The brewery is over a hundred years old and is family run so it's really atmospheric. You can wander through all of the machinery, view the bottling process and most importantly taste the final product. We then met up some other people and headed out to a little bar called Delerium. Delerium is a quaint, quiet bar that is just off the Grand Place. When I say quaint and quiet, I actually mean raucous and loud. The bar was packed with people and served over 2000 different types of beer!!! I pulled up a chair and started alphabetically. Kidding of course, I just got a 1L one. It ... read more
The Canals of Bruges
The Bejinhof and swans.
Watch that first step...

Europe » Belgium » West Flanders » Bruges May 23rd 2009

Bruges 23/05/2009 We paid in advance for our breakfast at the Casino Hotel and at 12€ we expected a lot since our wonderful feast last night was much less than that. We had a basic breakfast with bread, cheese, cereal, a little bacon, some eggs and some mushrooms. I think good advice will be to rather not have breakfast at your hotel, if they charge this much. We paid half the price for double the breakfast in Dublin. Our adventure for today was exploring the Citadel! The Citadel is huge and we approached it from just behind the Hotel Beauregard, by doing this we missed the actual mapped out walking paths, but we did walk the scenic route through the beautiful green “forest” that surrounds the Citadel. We walked along a windy dirt road all the ... read more
Namur from Citadel
Hiking boots counting the km's
Hot chick in Namur

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