Belgium Day 3
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Today was a late start, it was either the time difference or having a late night with our new Dutch friends... Today was our first day to travel by train and let me tell you, Erin and I were a bunch of tourists. We had no idea what we were doing. We bought our tickets and couldnt even tell you if they were for one way or two ways. We ended up finding someone who helped us but now we had no idea where we needed to go to catch our train, so when I asked someone they looked at me like I was dumb and said "platform 1," well a little embarassed I thanked him and left without asking where platform 1 was. This went on for awhile but we ended finding our train. Our first train ride in Europe was to Brugge.
Brugge is a small city that is surrounded by cananls and has a few canals that weave in and out of it. Erin and I were really excited to get to Brugge because it was known for carriage rides and gondola rides. When we first got to Brugge it was raining and kind of chilly, not a good start since Erin and I were in shorts and t-shirts with no umbrellas. Either way, the town was still beautiful. There was no new part to it, all of it was from the 12th-15th century. There werent very many cars in the streets, just a lot of bikes and horses. I also found out that Belgium is known for lace and Brugge is really known for lace. Every other shop was a lace shop so we picked one and headed in. I wasnt to sure about lace shops because on the outside it looks like somewhere my grandmother would go to get material.
After pulling it together we proceeded to walk around town and found a very large church calle the Church of Our Lady. We went in and there happened to be a service going on, it was really awesome. Tourist still walked around and took pictures, the building was had all types of old art and even had an original piece of Michelangelo's. Right next to the church was a palace that you could walk around inside for one euro.
We didnt really have any plans to where we were going after the church, Brugge is small enough that you can walk across it in about a half an hour. So we left the church and decided to go right and for those of you that know Erin, walking around without schedule is a sight in it's own. Doing this we ended up finding the Burg square which has the city hall in it. It was really beautiful and had a lot of gold castings all over it. We went inside and learned a little of the history of it.
We soon learned that everything closed between 4:00 and 5:00 and it was a little after 5:00 by the time we kind of figured out the town.
In the begining of our day we wanted to do two things, ride in a horse drawn carriage and ride a gondola. Well when we got there we found out that the carriage rides were 35 euros for less than 30 minutes and the gondolas werent the romantic ride we thought they'd be. You are more in a motor boat with twenty other people and a driver with a loud microphone giving acting as your tour guide. So we didnt do either but ended up still having a blast. Brugge would definitely be recommended to others.