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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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Sep 19, 2014 - Friday: Boat on Canal, Museums, Belgian Fries

Started out with another sumptuous breakfast at the hotel, and went off to see the Basilica of the Holy Blood in Burg Square, where the relic brought back from Jerusalem by a Bruges crusading knight obtained it. The ground floor of the Basilica is older in both age and architecture, and upstairs is the “newer” in both respects. We walked around the lower level and then went upstairs to the newer one which was essentially closed except for a peek since Mass was underway. This is where the relic, a small vial of dried red substance said to be...

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Our France Adventure

Sep 18, 2014 - Exploring Bruges' Squares

We enjoyed a wonderful and huge breakfast buffet at our hotel, and took another nap after we went back upstairs - jet lag still. The we went out to explore Burg Square, going into the City Hall first and enjoying the ancient-looking setting and the magnificent murals and ceiling. There was a bride and groom emerging rom their wedding as we entered. Then we took a little passageway next door, which used to be a place where they locked the city at night, then crossed a canal to the old fish market, and made out way along a pretty canal to the...

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Our France Adventure

Sep 17, 2014 - Our first Explore

After our nap, we headed out from our hotel toward the squares that were not too far away. First we encountered the Burg where the government building stands as well as at least two churches. We were quite hungry (it was 3PM) so we picked the Tom Pouce restaurant that dominated the end of the square. Poor choice. The prices were astronomical and the food was atrocious. But fortified by some nourishment, we went on to explore Market Square, the next street over. Oh, the best part of the restaurant was the music being played and sung by a...

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Our France Adventure

Sep 9, 2014 - Beautiful Bruges

Traveled about 30 minutes by train from Gent to Bruges. If Belgium is the country of the Gabled Roof, then Bruges is the capital city of that technique. It seemed every building uses that architectural design; simplifies completion of the roof and access to it for maintenance. Bruges is also the city of the swan. It seems a curse had been placed upon the city whereby calamity would ensue unless 100 swans were in the city at all times. To this day the city ensures there are at least that number of swans in residence by tagging them and then...

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Baltic Europe 2014

Aug 22, 2014 - Surprise - Bruges again

When we got up in the morning, Tess and I got ready as quick as we could and went around to the Belfort (Belfry) of Bruges, to try take some pictures of the town before we left. It was a horrible morning though, it was raining fairly consistently. When we got to the Belfry, there was a queue of about 40 people in front of us. We had to check out of the hotel at 11am, which meant we needed to be in the Belfry gate by 10am at the latest. We were cutting it fine. I said to Tess, what if we were to stay in town another day, and go to the Belfry...

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Aug 21, 2014 - In Bruges

Finally after a couple of hours of driving with relatively no traffic hiccups we were in Belgium. The first thing that I learnt in Belgium is that everyone drives in the "slow lane" (far right) unless overtaking. In France, usually people sit in the middle, with trucks and caravans etc in the far right. Then people overtake in the far left. In Belgium, that wasn't the case as I had a lot of drivers getting very angry, flashing lights and staring as they went past in the "fast lane". Point taken. We got to Bruges without any incidents, but...

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Jul 23, 2014 - Bruges, Belgium

7/23/14, Wednesday.We headed to Bruges, Belgium today. This is a fascinating place! Very picturesque! Many of the buildings here were built in the 1200's. The churches are gorgeous! We entered through one of the old city gates from when it was a fortified walled city. Our first stop on our walking tour was at the Begijnhof, a small walled in semi-monastic community of women called Beguines, religious women who sought to serve God but without retiring from the world. This area was founded in the 1200's. Next stop was the Church of Our Lady...

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2014 European Trip

Jun 16, 2014 - Brugge

A cloudy and chilly day today. It may be summer in Europe but the lovely sunny days of 26 seem far behind in Rotterdam. Lately it's been 16 with a chilly wind. I shouldn't. Complain though with mum and dad having -3 the other morning! We had a day in Brugge today. First we followed one of the smaller in-town canals to the outer ring of two canals. Here we followed a beautiful, tree lined bike/walk path to one of the seven mediaeval gates to the town. We went to the Ghent gate, wch still contains the bridge and road into and out of the...

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Jun 15, 2014 - Brugge, Belgium

After a 3hr train journey through the Dutch country side, we hit Belgium. Actually them man across from us had to tell us, otherwise there was nothing to indicate we had crossed a boarder. The cows looked the same, the houses still steeped roofed, the trees just as green. One give away was the plethora of flags hanging from windows. With the other World Cup on in Rio, there has been a wave of nationalistic fervour. We had a change of train in Antwerp. While we didn't leave the station, what a station! Was beautiful and just goes to show...

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May 25, 2014 - We board the Elodie

May 25 This day begins our highly anticipated two week adventure of cycling from Bruges to Paris, accompanied by our treasured barge, the Elodie, an extension of our 2011 cycling trip from Amsterdam to Bruges. Well rested and pleasantly full from one more excellent breakfast, Brenda and I headed off to do laundry at a nearby Laundromat, ``The Wash Casino``. Clean and efficient, our clothes were done in jig time and we ran into Pat and Hans at a patio on the canal for a final glass of wine in Bruges before our reserved taxi departure to the...

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May 24, 2014 - Last night in Bruges

May 24 After finally achieving a great night’s sleep, we joined our fellow bike/bargers, Pat and Hans who had arrived the night before, for breakfast. Unbeknownst to either of us, we had booked the same B&B months ago…small world. It was going to be a slow day getting ready for departure Sunday. Our first order of the business was shopping for extra layers of clothes for the now forecasted cool/wet weather. Our long range forecast for the next two weeks was variable to say the least. Brenda found some good buys at the Bruges H&M and we were...

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