Sunday, October 20, 2013

July 9, 2013 Bruges

I’m sorry it’s taken so long to get this blog together but Florrie has been busy at work and neither Nemo nor I are equipped to type. We have  wanted to visit Bruges ever since we watched the movie In Bruges when we were living in Guantanamo Bay. After our escape from  GTMO (I tried to link to this post but can’t seem to make it work, if you are interested in reading about our escape it’s one of two posts from January 2011) we ended up in Japan so we had to wait awhile, but we finally made it. Bruges was the second stop of our summer road trip.  Bruges is an old walled city. In fact, the whole inner city is a UNESCO world heritage site.


We were all excited when we saw our hotel, it was right on a little canal.



We could look out our window and see all the goings on below, or we could sit below and enjoy the beauty and serenity of our little area.


Everyone at the hotel was wonderful, the breakfast was good, and the room and view were amazing. We’d highly recommend the Europe Hotel to anyone who wants to check out Bruges.


To help us with our In Bruges explorations we picked up this handy little guide and set out.


Here is an album of our tour.

We were all impressed with the many whimsical statues in the area.

Florrie had a disconcerting experience climbing the 366 steps to the top of this belfry. The lady in front of her kept saying, “Oh please Jesus, if I fall catch me”. As I was comfortably riding in Florrie’s purse all she could think was please lady don’t fall Jesus is not going to get out of this purse in time!


Nemo and I also enjoyed the little side trips we took.


canal rides                       ancient ruins


The oldest pub in Bruges where we hung out with some new friends and sampled the local brew.


Florrie took Nemo and me for a long walk out of the city to an area known for its windmills. We had to leave the city through another gated area, sort of like the back door.



Here we are looking out the window of the red windmill towards the white windmill.


Florrie and Chris took more pictures for Florrie’s sister, who shall remain nameless.




This street has seven houses each in a different style, these the seven styles you can see through Bruges.

DSCN5555 You know Florrie and her love of alleys and dark places.



More canal rides, the canal areas were all amazing.



Until next time salukes.