Today we took the train from Amsterdam through Brussels and in to Brugge. Brugge is a well preserved medieval city and we walked almost the whole thing in about two hours. However, we were late enough that most of the attractions were closed by the time we got there. We have two more days here to explore, so we’ll have more information to come.
This is the land of lace,chocolate and beer, so we plan to try it all! In fact, this tourist city has a museum for each, plus a frites (french fry) museum. We’re going to pass on that one! The city is lined with beautiful canals, much like Amsterdam but the architecture is more 15th and 16th century.
Our first stop was a very old pub that serves home-brewed Belgian beer. It was good! After a long walk through the city, we found a quaint local restaurant where we had dinner (and more beer!)
This is the Flanders region of Belgium so tomorrow we plan to take bikes from the hotel and explore the countryside, including the infamous battlefields of the “Great War” (1914 to 1918).
Tour fever is beginning to hit around here and we are hearing more and more about the big race, which will start on Saturday in Rotterdam. You may have heard that Lance Armstrong has announced that this will be his last Tour de France. At least we can say we say we saw a part of the grand finale.