The Venice of the North

Trip Start Aug 16, 2007
Trip End Dec 13, 2007

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Monday, September 3, 2007

My first weekend outside the Netherlands was to Bruges, Belgium.  Bruges is a very lovely city...lots of history like Maastricht too but much more relaxed.  Our group stayed at the Snuffel Backpacker Hostel.  It was very nice place and definitely a memorable first hostel experience.  The first night we were there there was a really great live band playing...about ten different people were onstage playing different instruments.  Most of the group was tired from least I was so I went to sleep very early.  The following day we explored the town--among the sites was a Salvador Dali exhibit (awesome) and a beer tour at Half Moon Brewery.  We also went to the Church of Our Lady which had a piece by Michelangelo called Madonna and Child (also Our Lady and the Infant) which is one of the few outside of Italy. The following day a group of us biked to the coast of Belgium...about 16 miles in all.  As can be seen in the pictures, it was absolutely beautiful and certainly worth the trip.    
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