Brugge, Beer, and Chocolate Breasts!

Brugge Travel Blog

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The town square and market in Brugge.

An hour north of Brussels (by train, of course) is a true gem of Europe.  Brugge is so pleasant and quaint with its cobblestone streets and old Europe feel.  It's what you think a European town should be.  It has a quaint town center with an open market selling everything from fresh flowers to fresh fruits to fresh meats and cheeses.  We just spent a couple of hours meandering from town center back to the train station (we had taken a bus to the town center).  We had a delicious lunch, too.  The only negative I have of Brugge is that it's expensive.  Despite its Old World charm, it's obvious the town is use to tourists and making it money off of them.

Jim enjoying his Guiness!

While meandering, we stumbled across an Irish pub, so of course, we had to stop in for a Guiness.  Well, Jim had a Guiness...that's too dark for me!  We loved the atmosphere in there!  They were getting geared up for St. Patty's Day. 

There were several toy shops with hand-made toys...we couldn't resist going in!  Such precious toys, and so quaint!!!  I could have gotten SOOO many things for our kids there!  But it was ust the first day, and I didn't want to pack it all for 2 weeks!

Probably the most...um...intersting thing we saw was a chocolatier we passed while walking.  The window display was filled with chocolate breasts!  It took us a bit by surprise, but then we remembered seeing an episode of "Passport to Europe with Samantha Brown" where she had visited Belgium and discovered this unique chocolate-forming skill.

Chocolate breasts...
  Apparently, they sometimes use real models to create them!

As we were walking, we came across a beautiful little park.  It was next to a canal and had a church behind it.  Swans made the picture complete!  Brugge is definitely some place we'd like to go back and just spend a few days strolling.

We caught the train back to Amsterdam and had just over an hour kill before our night train.  We just went strolling around.

We got onto the night train to Munich and settle into our cute little room.  There was a little table, 2 bunks, a little closet area and the tiniest little bathroom!  Hot & cold running water, a shower and a bottle sparkling wine made it all complete!  It felt SOOO good to get cleaned up!  We turned off the lights, opened the shades and spent a few minutes enjoying the scenery passing by.

I went to bed exhausted but happy!  And excited about my first overnight train experience!

 

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The town square and market in Brug…
The town square and market in Bru…
Jim enjoying his Guiness!
Jim enjoying his Guiness!
Chocolate breasts...
Chocolate breasts...
Me in Brugge.
Me in Brugge.
Swans in the park by a canal.
Swans in the park by a canal.
Brugge
photo by: Chokk