Thermae Palace Hotel
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We awoke and had breakfast at the hotel. Then we set off to see a few more things in Brugges. We went to see the Church of Our Lady. It is a church that contains the only statue of Michelangelo that left Italy while he was alive. We didn't actually end up going to see it because you had to pay to see that part of the church and we saw a photo of it within the church. As it was, the church ...
Our vision for today was fairly straightforward, a leisurely ride through the countryside here in Zeeland. Given that we are in a country known for its bike riding this should be quite simple but it never is as easy as you might think. The getting organised part was no problem, we have done enough bike rides now that we all know our roles. Jess makes the lunch while I get the bikes off the van and ready to go and the girls ...
... have more than one name! Mark got off in Ghent and Patrick, who lives in Bruges, got us pointed in the right direction once we got off the train with our packs. Today is Ascension Day, a religious holiday in Spain as well as here in Bruges. We found out later that in Bruges it is the day of the Holy Blood Procession. According to legend a Count Diederik of Alsace was given a few drops of Jesus's blood during the Crusades in Jerusalem as he was returning to ...
... trying to invade Bruges. The Belgians got sick of this, so they captured and killed his best friend to send a message. The man decided to not invade again after this, but he was ****** off about his best friend, and put a curse on the city. His best friend’s family crest had swans in it, so he put swans in the city and warned the Belgians if the last swan ever leaves Bruges, the city will be flooded by the sea.
Bruges also had the first stock ...
... The old heritage buildings of Brugge have strict rules re changing the exterior so these are having to be left as is and the current home owners are still experiencing daylight robbery.
The city centre was beautiful and we spent the last hour exploring until we had to head back to the ship. Again a lovely place that we would like to return to.
Tomorrow is a sea day heading up the English Channel.