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Friday, June 10, 2005

Europe: Part Two

So, do you all want to see more Europe photos? I thought so.

The third day of our trip, we went to see the quaint little town of Brugge. I was told it's like the Venice of Belgium, so we had to see it! After walking into downtown Leuven for coffee and pastries, we were off to the train station across the street from my sister's apartment.

View of the train station from my sister's kitchen window.

Leuven train station

Here's me being oh-so-happy to be in Brugge, which has lovely canals running through it.

The perfect photo

One thing I definitely wanted to do was a canal boat tour, so these are photos from our little tour.

They know how to make pretty buildings over there, eh?

On the water

Green plants, brown water. The cute little tour guide man (who did the tour in 3 languages!) made a joke about the canals, saying that all Belgian beer that is exported is made from the canal water!

From the eyes of a duck

Cool statue in someone's backyard. I interpret it as God reaching down to help someone out, what do you think it is?

Hands joined

A nap, Brugge-style.

Brugge Legs

Even the drain pipes are pretty.

Dragon spout

A rare wood building that I thought was lovely.

Wood facades

One of many beautiful churches.

Slender tower

A break for lunch. Huz trying 1 of 18 or so beers he had on the trip and me with my Kriek (cherry beer). Yum.

Brugge - I'm drinking beer!



Huz and a windmill.

Gaunilo, windmill

We went to a lace museum, where women were demonstrating how they make lace. Despite their age, their hands were flying with these little spindles of thread making amazingly intricate designs. I bought a lace bookmark at a nearby shop for 10 euros! Overpriced, I know, but it took some old lady 4 hours to make it so I just HAD to buy it! :)

Brugge Lace Maker

Brugge Lace Maker Hands

Hands flying

The museum had some "interesting" lace specimens that I just had to take a picture of.

Interesting Brugge Lace


Me absolutely loving homemade Belgian waffles with ice cream and homemade chocolate sauce! Oh how I miss this treat!

Heaven - gaufre et mikado

We like Brugge!

Gruuthuse Museum

At the bridge

The next day was Sunday and everything was closed, so we just chilled in Leuven, giving our sore feet a much needed break before heading off to Paris for 3 days. Stay tuned for our Parisian adventure!

Posted by Bird On A Line @ 11:03 AM

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