Hotel Van Eyck
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... for us to get photos. Oblivious to the horn of the car behind. Mumsy felt the need to shop but G had a slightly different threshold. So I took off for the Historium Tour while Mumsy had free rein. The Historium was excellent. It was actually seven separate rooms, telling a story about the 14th Century history of Bruges. Very well done, all electronic but complete with smells and effects such as snow and wind. We live in an amazing age! ...
... once why they aren't sold here, and the sales person said it's because "they feel American kids are too stupid and will swallow the toy."
Back at the hotel, we rested again, hoping it would be cooler by dinner time.
But it really wasn't. We all took our showers but as soon as we stepped outside, we were sweaty again. No A/C in our room either. People here just don't have A/C because it's unusual to ...
... statues, old and new, a lovely side chapel, an interesting series of engraved plaques with thank you's to saints and God, and some fascinating old sides and ends of tombs with primitive paintings. There was also a guest book, with entries in many languages. Our favorite was from a child--see photos.
After our time here, we crossed the street to an old hospital/hospice, which is now the Memling Museum. Many old artifacts from the hospital were there, as well as old ...
... bistro that was lit with twinkle lights for Christmas. Since it was early (630p) by European standards, we could get in without a reservation. Vicki, who is part owner guided us through the menu as it was all in French. We had some amazing duck, salmon tartar and wine from Bourdeaux, then ending the evening in perfect French style with a chocolate mousse.
Tomorrow....heading back to Amsterdam for our flight on Sunday!
... sink half a dozen Kronenbourg. This I managed without any English at all as learning to say 'one beer please' over and over again in any language is pretty easy.
Right that is enough about Paris. In the morning I trusted my phone to be set to the local time so I missed my train and had to buy another train ticket to Brussels this morning.
Surely I'm done making rookie mistakes at this point.
The train to Brussles and then on to Bruges ...