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Apr 3, 2014 - Brussels to Bruges

Another fitful sleep but better than the day before heralded a slightly overcast morning. By 7am most of us were in the dining room having a hearty breakfast in readiness for today's journey. As always the obligatory group photograph had to be taken this time with a twist as Chris had brought his camera equipped radio controlled helicopter 'thingy' and we had to perform for it. We will probably get some spectacular video footage from this device. The trip out of Brussels was led by Rob. It turned out to be extremely complicated and we were...

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Jan 11, 2014 - Brussels and Bruges

Brussels was amazing! I wish we could have stayed there longer. We stayed in a great little airbnb room in a perfect location. It was a little bit of a lazy trip for us, because I think we were all pretty exhausted. Still, we got a lot done. We caught the end of the Christmas market season, had our Belgian beer, Belgian, waffles, and Belgian chocolate. We went to a chocolate demonstration and tasting at one of the bazillion chocolate shops all around Brussels. The cathedral in Brussels was one of my favorites so far because they had...

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Nov 29, 2013 - Brugge, Belgium Day 2

We stayed at Hotel Jacobs, a lovely hotel central to all our walking and exploring. After enjoying a great breakfast at the hotel we were off. Our day was full of enjoying the sites. Taking in the churches, markets, two christmas markets, and shops. So much to see and enjoy. We made the most of day light. After naps, we were re-energized and ready for dinner.

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Nov 29, 2013 - Brugge, Belgium at night

It is our last night in Brugge, we are rested and started walking looking for a place to enjoy dinner. After enjoying a delicious dinner of flemish stew we hit the cobblestones again. We sure did a lot of walking on this trip. We made our way back to Belfort to take Nathan on a promised horse drawn carriage ride. I wish I had a video of Nathan's face during our ride. It was pure joy! What a way to see the night lights and end our stay in Brugge. It was unanimous, we all could live here. There is so much that we didn't see and would...

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Nov 28, 2013 - Brugge, Belgium Day 1

Our first overnight trip was Brugge, Belgium for the Thanksgiving weekend. We broke up our drive by stopping at Spangdahlem AFB for a lunch of Popeye's Chicken and letting Nathan take a break along the 4 hour drive to Brugge. The beautiful rolling hills, villages and company made for a quick trip. Brugge is surrounded by a moat and is enclosed in a circular wall. Driving thru a city gate you enter this charming city. It was love at first sight! After getting settled in at our hotel it was late afternoon. We got bundled up and went...

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Nov 8, 2013 - Third and last week in Belgium

We started week 3 by going to Bruges (Brugge in Dutch). The city is located in the N.W of Belgium close to the North Sea and Holland. It is in the part of Belgium that speaks Flemish (Dutch) and the region is known as Flanders . In the middle ages it was among the wealthiest cities in Europe. Although the province and surrounding countryside have been fought over for centuries, Bruges’ inter-city has remained mostly unchanged. The inter-city was surrounded by a wall and mote(The wall was removed and the mote turned into a canal.) and owes...

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Sally & Hugh Travel

Oct 4, 2013 - Back to Belgium

Our last few days in England were spent along the east coast in the resort town of Scarborough. We enjoyed unusually nice weather so it was perfect for walking along the coast and riding bikes. Scarborough looks and feels like any beach town in the USA. There is a small amusement park and miles of small shops selling flip-flops, beach balls and cotton candy. We rode our bicycles along an old railroad track turned bike trail to the town of Robin Hood Bay. The town is very Victorian looking and the road leading to the harbor was so steep I...

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Sep 13, 2013 - Happy birthday Georgine!

So Bruge has been wonderful. The weather has been yucky except for yesterday. Lots of chocolate! The hotel is gorgeous and the view spectacular. Today is Georgine's birthday and we are going to Brussels on the train. We have so many pics on the camera that I can't upload. Wi-Fi is spotty in the hotel. We will (bore) share with whom ever is interested when we come home.

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Paris and Belgium

Aug 31, 2013 - Brussels to Leiden, The Netherlands

One last stop before leaving Brussels was to the site of many attractions: Mini-Europe, Their professional soccer stadium, the Expo 1958 site and my favourite, Atomium! In fact we just walked around it since the interior was out of our time and price range. It was built in 1958 for the Worlds Fair, but is open year round as one of the most popular tourist attractions still, due to its unusual architecture ( see photo). We caught the noon train to Leiden, to catch up with the other Sawatzkys. They had decided to stay in Leiden since it is...

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Aug 30, 2013 - A day in the city of Brugge

We took a morning train to Brugge ( or Bruges), which is on everyone's must-see list while in Belgium. It is a smaller city less than an hour by train from Brussels. We accompanied Rob and Betsy and Colin who were meeting a Canadian friend for lunch in Brugge. We had a nice lunch with them and then set out sight seeing in the town on our own. Following a map from the visitors centre, we did a walking and then a cycling tour of the older portion of the city. There are very many historical buildings dating back several centuries, as well as a...

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Aug 28, 2013 - Bruges, Beer, Battlefields and Chocolate

We spent three days in Belgium, time enough to take in Bruges, check out the battlefields around Ieper and consume some Belgian favourites - beer (for me at least) and chocolates. We arrived in Bruges mid afternoon after our Eurostar train trip from Ebbsfleet, south of London, to Brussels where we changed trains. After settling in to our hotel we headed off on foot to see the old town. In a couple of hours we had walked around many of the important sights including several cathedrals, many grand houses, the giant windmills, the grand Markt...

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USA and Europe 2013

May 15, 2013 - Bruges - Venice of the North (15-18 May)

Bruges is a beautifully intact medieval city located near the sea about an hour outside of Brussels. It is laced with canals that once powered mills that produced leather and lace and maybe even some chocolate. Anecdote: When we arrived in Bruges, we grabbed a taxi from the train station to our hotel. As the taxi is driving into the city center, I saw a hotel on the canal-side which looked just like one of the many hotels I had seen on the web back in February. I said out loud, "Wow that hotel looks very familiar!". In fact, it actually was...

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