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What a day! We were up earlier than we'd have liked after a late night but got showered and breakfasted and on our way to the bus stop. We'd just missed a bus so went to Concordia for a coffee. Prego was very excited but didn't much rate the 25 min bus journey! Almost as soon as we got off the bus, it started raining. Then it started hailing. Then back to rain which got heavier and heavier... Typical! But we pushed on and reached the ...
... clothing. Would like to think it was a former marine with a good sense of humor that gave it that name. Another store I've seen all over europe is Claire's. They're quite prevalent. Didn't think a tiny little jewelry/accessory store for girls that I have only ever seen at the Hutchinson mall would be one of the most prolific stores in europe, but it is.
Went over to gare de lille-flandres station, got on train headed to bruges. Crossed boarder ...
Bruges was a cruisy 3hr drive from Champagne and the boys happily ticked off Belgium as a new country visit in their diaries. Bruges is an incredibly well preserved medieval city surrounded by canals and fortified by walls with the centre of town still cobblestoned and not very car friendly. We arrived mid-Saturday afternoon and were shocked by how busy it was. We had to navigate our way through the bikes, pedestrians and one way streets and eventually ...
... pounding, rolling, and cutting little sweets and even a Belgian cat snoozing in a window sill. (Lindsay made sure we noted the adorable Belgian cat. As if the cat even knows it's Belgian.)
The best part of exploring the city, though, came when we arrived at the city's town square called "Markt". We had lunch at a nice italian cafe right on the square and soaked in the beautiful view and the quaintness of it all (Lindsay had French Onion Soup ...
... history. The view was everything the book had promised, though of course it's a bit like seeing Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower -- there's something iconic missing from all your pictures.
After passing through the burg (a square with some lovely buildings all about), and lunch at a Thai restaurant and a quick gander at a lace-work store, a craft for which the area is well known, we opted to go on a boat cruise along the ...