In Brugge

Trip Start Sep 21, 2009
Trip End Oct 04, 2009

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Ever since we saw the Colin Ferrell-Ralph Fiennes movie: "In Bruges", we thought it would be a cool place to visit.  And since we were going to be nearby on this trip anyway, we thought why not now?

Brugge (the way they spell it here) is a charming Flemish village in the Flanders section of Belgium.

While we were here we learned that the Belgium actually introduced "French" fries, not the French.  In Brugge, they actually have a "Fries" museum.  Every restaurant sells fries as a separate menu item.  And they prefer to serve them with mayonnaise, not ketchup.  Very delicious.

Shelby and Mike climbed the clock tower in the main plaza and we all did lots and lots of walking, shopping, and eating.

Of course, Belgium is famous for their chocolates and there were plenty of beautiful chocolate shops.

We also saw the Basilica of the Holy Blood.  In the 1300's a vial came to Brugge that is supposed to contain the blood of Jesus.  Every day they bring it out for people to watch it change from a solid to a liquid during an hour of the afternoon.  Today it was between 2 and 3pm.  Scientists say it does that because of the afternoon temperature change.

Our lodgings for this evening were in a large dorm room at the Snuffle Hostel.  We have to say it was by far our least favorite as we were crammed in with 10 others, mostly 18-25 year-olds who liked to stay up all night. The bath and shower arrangements were also the least liked of those we had on this trip.  If we were to rate all the hostels, the one in Vienna was the best.

Tomorrow, we catch the ferry at Calais, France and head to the white cliffs of Dover where we will pick up the train to Cambridge.
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