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Shoot First, Sightsee Later
Before I left Europe last week, I decided to take an evening to see Brugge (also spelled Bruges sometimes). I'd heard it was beautiful, plus there's this great movie! I had to reminisce and look for midgets, of course. Check this out:

I could have seen In Bruges WHILE in Bruges! (but I didn't)

Brugge (I prefer the Flemish spelling) did not disappoint. It is a very beautiful town, and I'm glad I made it. I would have enjoyed it more with a travel partner, but since I don't know how many more times my company will send me to Europe, I figured I should jump on the opportunity while it's here, even if I was by myself.

I wanted to see the swans. I was told they hang out on a lake (actually I think a canal turned into lake) called Minnewater, or Lake of Love. The lake was indeed lovely. I even saw baby swans! They were so fluffy and cute.

I found myself wondering what would happen if I threw one of my fries (naturally I was munching on some Belgian fries with mayonnaise) into the water. I found the answer: I immediately became the Best Friend of a dozen swans. I tossed them some more fries. I even bonked one on the head with a fry - completely unintentionally, I swear! Fortunately it didn't mind.

This is the famous Belfry, which is on one end of Market Square. I'd really wanted to climb to the top, but unfortunately it had already closed for the day by the time I arrived. Oh well... now I'll have something to do next time!

On another side of Market Square is the really cool looking Provincial Court.

Directly across the market from the Belfry is an area with some renovated medieval buildings and a bunch of restaurants and cafes. The one on the right is where I ate dinner.

My trip to Brugge was very brief! I arrived about 4:30, and then walked 2 km from the train station to my hotel (dragging my suitcase and carrying my giant laptop bag!). Then I walked all over the town.... at around 8:30 I noticed my feet were hurting a whole lot. I started cursing my feet, and the damage they'd sustained the previous weekend.... when I realized I'd been walking on them almost continuously for four hours. On cobblestones, and sometimes with luggage. Maybe my feet weren't being unreasonable after all!

I stopped by my hotel room to rest a tiny bit. I propped up my aching feet and lay down to read an ebook on my cell phone for a few minutes. I woke up when I dropped the phone on the floor.... oops.

However when you only have one evening for vacation, you have to make it count! At 10pm I put on different shoes and warmer clothes, then headed back out for a Belgian dinner and some people-watching in the Market. It was a good, if sleepy, way to finish off the evening.


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hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: August 13th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)
omg how awesome! i'm so glad you got to go to Brugge! YAY!

[ps: got postcard from portland today - THANK YOU!!!@#!@#@]
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 13th, 2008 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay, and you're welcome!!
atdt1991 From: atdt1991 Date: August 13th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope nobody jumped while you were there!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 13th, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, my visit was much more sedate than the movie depicted!
madtechie2718 From: madtechie2718 Date: August 13th, 2008 05:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I've spent a couple of weekends in Zeebruge/Brugge - in fact I think the small hotel I stayed in backed on that very canal in your picture - old building but internally refurbished in limned oak.

The pavement cafes and food generally are great, aren't they? Only downside was not realising it was peak bug season and leaving the windows open at night...
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 13th, 2008 12:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ack! I had that problem last visit to Gent, very itchy. This time I don't think I got bit at all - big season must be over.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: August 13th, 2008 07:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Low Countries

I am now wanting to visit the Low Countries, not just Belgium, but the Netherlands and Luxembourg (especially since they mention vines and wines in their national anthem see my entry).
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 13th, 2008 12:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Low Countries

Amsterdam is my next goal.... won't be back until November according to the current plan though.
From: writerwench Date: August 13th, 2008 09:41 am (UTC) (Link)
My parents stopped overnight in Bruges back in 1953, on their way to Denmark. They stayed at the Coq D'Or hotel on the main square - the red-painted restaurant on the left in your last photo. Mum told me this when I took her to Bruges for some 'quality time' (four days of talking on eggshells) a few years back. She then blushed deeply when I counted back the months from my birth... um, well, er, yes, it was possible!

I took Bear there last year and we had frites and mayonnaise and fruit beer in the Coq D'Or. I do LIKE Bruges... feel curiously at home there.... heehee!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 13th, 2008 12:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, conceived in Brugge! That's cool!! It's a lovely town.
radiantsoul From: radiantsoul Date: August 13th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I liked Brugge. I found Brussel's to be a bit dull, but Brugge is lovely.
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