|The Venice of the North! Well, a Venice of the North|
While Bruges was gorgeous and we had a lovely time, Pete started referring to it as EuropeLand. You know: cute, crowded, expensive, with little evidence of any "real life" happening besides tourism. A bit of a canned attraction. There are lots of places like that in Europe, I suppose, and it's the eternal paradox of tourism in general. There's nothing really wrong with it, but perhaps we're just ready for a more off-the-beaten-path holiday next time around. Variety is good.
Anyway, rapid-fire photo tour of our Bruges trip begins...now!
|Train was way cheaper than renting a car (+gas+parking) for 3 days. 62€ total for all of us, round trip.|
|inexpensive apartment just outside the city|
|Poor Daphne brought her homework|
|local beer, the Bruges fool|
|the classic postcard shot|
|bell tower leans about 4 feet|
Climbing that bell tower...
|explaining the complex carillon|
|some of the 40+ bells|
|view of a canal|
Canal boat ride...
|in line with the other tourists|
|on the boat|
|evidence I was, in fact, also in Bruges (first pic of me in 3 posts on it)|
|Church of Our Lady|
Swans, swans, everywhere...
Miscellaneous around town...
|giant bike lanes!!|
|bridge on our walk into town|
|I don't know what this is but it's probably my favorite photo.|
|Where we stayed|