Today was a catch-up day. Hard to believe we’ve been gone for a week already. Why is it that time always flies on vacation? Today we did laundry here at this awesome little hotel and Steve went biking. He went the opposite direction from yesterday, back to the coast, and he covered about 40 miles today. On those granny bikes, that’s quite an accomplishment.
This afternoon we took the De Halve Maan brewery tour. This is the only brewery here in Brugge and their beer is quite good. It’s called Brugse Zot. Like all beer in Belgium it has it’s own glass, especially designed for this particular beer. We got to see the very old implements they used to brew beer back in the 1700s and 1800s.
They also took us to the top of the brewery which gave us a great view of the city. You’ll see that in the pictures. Of course the tour ended with a beer, so Steve was happy!
We also went into the big church here that has one of the only Michelangelo sculptures outside of Italy. It is of the Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus. It was really breathtaking.
Since this is our last day in Brugge we explored the shopping area for awhile, picking up a few souvenirs and essentials. Tomorrow we head to Brussels to meet our Tour de France tour group. We will be traveling with Custom Getaways and so far they’ve been great with the arrangements. We are excited to meet our fellow travellers and to get started with that part of the trip.
The press is beginning to buzz about Le Tour. The riders are here in Belgium warming up on the cobbled sections of the course, which we will visit early next week. There are also all kinds of predictions about who will win. We’re just excited to be a part of it all.