5:45am: Alarm goes off. Mumble and roll over.
5:50am: So are we going to Belgium, or spending another day in Amsterdam? If we’re going, then we have to make a move now...
Yes, we decide we’re going for it.
7:15am: Board train to Antwerp, where we’ll connect to Bruges.....
11:30am: Leave our bags in a train station locker. Rent bikes again. You can see the look of tired on my face.
This little girl was so cute, I couldn't resist taking a picture.
The overprotective American mom in me thinks, where are the helmets? Eek.
Tool around the city for a couple hours. Eat the most delicious waffle with ice cream and hot fudge in a cafe. Chase it with fries from a street vendor a little later.
Bruges was once a capital city for European trade during medieval times. Now it's a cute, quaint little city catering to tourists. It would have been nice to slow down the pace and spend the night, but he saw most of the highlights.
Pick up some souvenirs. Talked with the shop owner who makes all this incredible lace by hand.
Ride closer to the coast to see the windmills.
4:00pm: Tour the De Halve Mann Brewery
We thought it was going to be your typical brewery tour. They talked more about the brewery's history, rather than the generic beer making process itself, which made it more interesting.
Tasting the Brugse Zot. I'm normally not a beer drinker, but this was really tasty.
After the beer break, it was time to get moving again. We rode our bikes back to the train station, picked up our bags and boarded a train to Brussles.
7:15pm: Arrive in Brussels
The Mannekin Pis Apparently, this little guy is a famous landmark.
We window shopped all the candy stores. We found a great one where the salesperson let us taste-test to our hearts' content. We assmebled this nice little box from their truffle buffet (!). See the top two on the right an left...Biscoff truffles, but with a lighter, praline-like filling.
9:30pm: Had a lovely, traditional dinner. Anything with stew or gravy in the decription normally scares me, but this was perfect. Not too heavy, very flavorful, and full of falling-off-the-bone meat. Mr.B had beef, and I had rabbit. Our sauces tasted very simmilar, except mine had raisins and chunks of potato in it, and his was served with fries on the side. I didn't think to take a picture until we were done eating.
11:00pm: Stopped in a pub for a nightcap. I skipped the beer and went for a cappucino. They topped it with shaved chocolate and an extra square on the side. This was a no chocolate left behind mission.
6:30am: Check out of the hotel.
These tennis-ball sized muffins and 10oz drinks cost us 12.50 euro, which translated to approximately a $20 USD charge on our Mastercard. Unfortunately, this is one of the reasons we don't do these oversees trips as often as we'd like. It adds up fast!
7:30am: Catch another train. At first we thought we thought we were getting on the B Train by mistake. Luckily took us to Brussels International for our flight home, not the Bronx :)
10am: Board flight and pass out until we arrive in NY.