Brugge, Day 2

Trip Start Sep 22, 2007
Trip End Oct 06, 2007

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

We decide to see a lot more today than yesterday, so we gobble up some breakfast and head out.  Shopping, that's what we needed to do.  We didn't do nearly enough of that yesterday, so we slowly wander down streets looking at the same chocolate and same lace and other souvineers street after street.  It's ok, though.  I buy a picture book on Brugge so I can get some good pictures of things I miss.

We are getting hungry before we get to the first stop, the Church of Our Lady, so we pop into a restuarant and have the usual.  I don't pay much attention to what I eat.  Everyone takes turns going downstairs to the washroom and speaks in amazement of a self-cleaning toilet.  So, whether I have to go or not, I go down the steep stairs, too, and use the toilet, then video it as it flushes and cleans itself.  A brush with disinfectant on it drops down to the seat and the seat makes a complete horizontal turn, the brush scouring and cleaning the whole thing.  I video it. 

From there, we head to The Church of Our Lady.  We have gained an admiration of Michelangelo over the years and are eager to see this one.  It lives up to expectations.  That guy.. how did he do it?  His sculptures are alive.  There is no mistaking one of his.  A few years ago we were in the Louvre, taking our time going through section with many sculptures.  Then my son points ahead  to a distant sculpture and calls out... "That's got to be a Michelangelo." (or something like that) And it was.

We don't look at much more in the church, but move on to the Groeninge museum which has many works of art.  I like it, as I always enjoy studying works of art.  I don't take pictures because there are signs that say not to.  Included in our ticket is a tour of another nearby museum, and by the time we are done with that one, we rush to catch the Chocolate Museum.  We arrive at about 5 minutes to 5, and they close at 5.  We decide we will come here tomorrow before leaving Brugge.

We spend the rest of the day in leisurely strolls, shopping and enjoying the scenic pleasures of Brugge.  I wish we had more time here.  I shoot about a hundred more pictures of canals and other buildings but in a random act of kindness, I am only including a few here.  Finally, as it is turning dark, we purchase fast food at a booth set up right in front of the clock tower -- and I enjoy that inexpensive meal far more than I did the one last night - at about 1/5 the cost.
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