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May 19, 2016 - Day 12--Brugge

This last port of call was supposed to be in France. We were planning to make the drive into Paris; Mom and Dad have never been there. But France was closed today. So, we went to Belgium instead. How do you close a country? Something about a labor strike. I actually wasn't too upset. Paris is okay, but I was in Brugge YEARS ago and it is a GREAT medieval city. Definitely worth the port call. We took a taxi into the Brugge city center. There is this great clock tower in the middle of the city built to allow wives to climb the steps to watch...

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UK Cruise

May 4, 2016 - Three spires of Ghent

Bruges, Belgium First we threaded our way through town to the station. Then we boarded a train. Next we hopped on a city bus. Sounds simple enough but when one does not read the language, such things as buying tickets and deciphering schedules is actually a challenge. We had a sense of accomplishment when the 6 of us found ourselves at the Korenmarkt as hoped. The Corn Market, one of many small squares around the city, is the city center where there are a number of worthwhile sights. Ghent is known for its 3 spires that dominate the...

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Normandy

May 3, 2016 - The Great War

Bruges, Belgium After our usual sumptuous feast for breakfast, the 6 of us took an exciting taxi ride to the train station. It was exciting because our very efficient driver knew all the back ways and we darted in and out of short alleys, zipped around curves and sped through narrow, winding streets often no longer than a short block. At the station we met our driver for the day. World War I, or the Great War, began in Europe in July 1914 and lasted until November 1918. More than 70 million were mobilized in one of the largest wars in...

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May 2, 2016 - Churches and Chocolates

Bruges, Belgium Belfort (Bell Tower) is the most important of Bruges’ towers and stands 272’ tall. It houses, among other things, a carillon with 47 bells. We climbed 366 very narrow, winding steps for the privilege of standing next to those bells when they rang. Since they can be heard all across Bruges, they are incredibly loud when one is standing next to them. We also made the arduous climb for the view. We had a breath-taking panoramic view of Bruges and surroundings. Continuing our explorations at a lower level, we took a boat ride on...

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May 1, 2016 - Around the Egg

Bruges, Belgium After a wonderful and plentiful breakfast at our B&B, we started our day with a pedi-cab tour. Our driver/pedaler Pieter was great. We made a loop, going to the edge of the 'egg', - the historical center enclosed by the main circle of canals – and back. Pieter told us about the sights, the history and the way of life in Bruges. We learned to identify the wealth of a home. If the front of the house had a plain A-shaped roof, the people were poor. If the roof of the house had what looked like steps, the people were well-to-do....

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Apr 30, 2016 - Bye-bye Bayeux

Bruges, Belgium We were sad to say farewell to Bayeux, our hotel Le Manoir Sainte Victoire and our host Jean-Pierre. We loved the charm and location of the hotel, the tours that we did, the beauty of the town and the wonderful food adventures. But today was a travel day. Our driver, Arnaud, basically did not speak English so we had a fairly quiet ride 4½ hour ride. The excitement began when we reached Bruges. Arnaud was following GPS as the street of our B&B is a minor one and not shown on many maps. There is a lot of road construction and...

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Oct 19, 2015 - Regroup in Paris then on to Bruges with Hedwig

We returned to Paris from Budapest on Sunday afternoon October 11. Thursday morning we were on a train headed to Bruges with our friend Hedwig. The three days in Paris were full of housekeeping, blog writing and a side trip downtown to investigate a proposed hotel for our friend Joan's visit to Paris in June, followed by a wander to Porte de Versailles We had a train change in Brussels which was briefly confusing, but we arrived midday in Bruges, made a stop at the information center for a city guide and after a 10 minute walk easily found...

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Lavender's Travels

Sep 24, 2015 - In Bruges

Today I arrived in Bruges. Which is in Belgium. Lots of people don't know that. The train ride to the city especially after Brussels, wasn't particularly picturesque, which is understandable given what happened in this area during the First World War. Everyone heard of All Quiet on the Western Front? This is the Western Front. Don't quote me on this, but I heard that Bruges was spared from the bombings and fighting during the Second World War because someone high up in the Nazi party wanted to retire here. So what's left is a perfectly...

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Where's Lauren?

May 28, 2015 - Ghent and Bruges

Gent is a Medieval Town that competes with Bruge on a visual basis but is not as well known. Unfortunately the day we were there was about the 12th day of a garbage strike! I didn't take many photos but you can see the garbage in one! Both Gent and Bruge are preserved because both cities has their industries taken away. They were major ports in the 1600's but displeased the reigning nobility by protesting taxes! Industry was then moved to Antwerp.....I think it was weaving. The fact that there was no money preserved the buildings......like...

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Apr 21, 2015 - The Gardens then on to Bruge

Tuesday, 21st. We walked to the gardens the next morning. What a spectacular site!! Apparently these gardens are the largest open-air flower exhibition in the world. During a 3 month period in the spring over 7 million flowers, mostly tulips cover the 32-hectare site. I have never seen so many different types of tulips. Check them out – www.keukenhof.nl The fields surrounding this area are amass with different colours of tulips, daffodils, narcissus, crocus – amazing and spectacular. Managed over 1000 steps again. Onto Bruge ,Belgium. Found...

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Apr 13, 2015 - The train to Bruges

We figured out how to catch the train and make connections only error was not getting something to eat prior to catching the morning train. Deliberately missed the connection in Brussels (after 3 hrs ) so we could finally eat and to learn what happens when you miss a connection. Guess what we just catch the next one how inovative :) nerves eased.

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Sep 27, 2014 - A return visit to Bruges

We had a spare day and the weather was good so we decided to visit one of our favourite European cities- Bruges. This would be our fourth visit We were surprised how many tourists were around the city. Once again we enjoyed wandering the streets and discovered areas we had not found before. We also came across a wedding with a beautiful old bus as the wedding car. As usual Daisy enjoyed looking into the canals and watching the carriage horses.

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