Bruges

Trip Start Aug 07, 2006
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Thursday, September 7, 2006

Coolest thing we saw: Stella Artois in a vending machine- 1 euro a bottle!
Drink of the week: Fanta over here is way yummier than NZ- not as sugary and artificial
Temperature: early 20s

Belgium = Boring, or so everyone said. We've were here a couple of days and wouldn't exactly say it's boring, but its not like we've had loads of things to do either. We are very pleased to get some warm weather - the last few days in Scotland were disgusting.

Yesterday we were in Brussels, where to only thing worth seeing was the Grand Place. We found it last night, entirely by accident, after going for an evening stroll through the gay men's café area (oops). The square was really beautiful, all the building were floodlit, there was a full moon, people were eating outside, the only thing missing was a violinist! Dinner last night was also very interesting. We went for pizza, thinking we really couldn't go wrong with that, but when it arrived it had egg and peas on it! Crazy! But it was one of the yummiest pizza's we've ever had, so somehow it works. We should have taken our French guide book with us that evening...

You'd think we would be having problems, what with being in a bilingual country (French and Flemish) with nothing in English. So far we've muddled along, when things are written down, especially in French, the words look similar enough to English we can usually figure it out. Jonny's really getting into it, saying bonjour to everyone!

Today we came to Bruges on the train. It's an old looking town, cobbled streets, canals, beautiful buildings and yet more people eating outside. Pretty much what you would picture Europe to be like. We didn't have anything particular to do here, but we satisfied our tourist urges by walking around all day, Liz dragged Jonny into every chocolate shop we come to and gazing wistfully at the yummy smelling cheese. We got a box of chocolates, they weren't badly priced and they were soooo yummy! We tried to make them last but ended up gobbling them down. In Bruges there is a cathedral that plays a different classical tune every half hour. The first one we heard was Ode to Joy, a bit hard to make out when you're close to it, but unmistakable (and damn hard to get out of your head afterwards!). We heard a couple of other tunes we recognised but our musical backgrounds aren't the best so we can't tell you what they were.

Belgium was an ok place to visit for a couple of days, but you probably wouldn't need much longer. We were glad we did it and look forward to our next stop.
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