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... also hosted a small "flea" market with some local artisans, and we found two nice prints for our home.
We visited the Church of Our Lady and paid the fee to see the Michelangelo Madonna and Child. It's smaller than any other Michelangelo sculpture we've seen, so not that impressive. It was one of the pieces of art saved by the Monuments Men during WWII.
We stopped at the Groeninge Museum to see ...
... through even older areas, where tanners used to work; little squares, gardens, and archways, and always canals and quaint bridges. We passed a museum that is on our "return later" list, the Groening.
We emerged at the back of a large church, and made our way to the front. Horse and carts trotted by briskly. Crowds of cruise ship tours were starting to be noticeable. We got museum cards from Hans, and went into the Church of Our Lady to see a Michelangelo Madonna and ...
... wealthy trading city.. But alas after 100s of years of ups & downs it became the poorest city in Belgium by the 1800s. Fast forward to the 20th century.. Tourism and Bruges medieval heritage has created a new source of wealth for this "Venice of the North".
Many locals forgo the car for push bikes to traverse the city, bike tours are also popular for the tourist.. We explore the city by foot.. Each street taking us ...
... and impressive. A beautiful setting and lovely museum with life like reconstructions of dugouts, trenches, etc. The role of New Zealand troops fully recognised as are other Commonwealth nations. Next was a visit to Tyne Cot Cemetery. This is a huge Cemetery and is where most New Zealanders are remembered. In addition to the graves, big memorial walls where New Zealanders are remembered. Brief visit to a Canadian cemetery before ...
... reasonably large space.
Last night we all stayed up, weather we wanted to or not. There was a huge thunder and lightning storm and rain violently pelted our windows through out most of the night. Unfortunately, due to the immense heat of the day, we had left the windows open and so rain blew into our room and dampened the beds and our luggage, (and a laptop) which were not-so-carefully situated directly beneath the large windows.