This past weekend we went to Belgium. I meant to blog that we were going before we left, but then I just got busy and before I knew it we were back! We stayed in Bruges, a really charming old city with winding canals, and we also hopped over to Ghent. Bruges was lovely, but quite touristy. It was hard to get a feel for how the locals live there since there didn't seem to be many locals in comparison to tourists, but it was still picturesque and made for a very nice long weekend getaway. If you want to go to Belgium, I'd say stay in a place like Ghent and then go to Bruges for the day. The architecture was a little more varied and dramatic in Ghent, and you can get more of a sense of how the locals live. We were there Easter Sunday, so a number of shops and restaurants were closed, but peeking through the windows, so many of them looked interesting. Here's a snapshot peek of our weekend, as seen through the iPhone, starting above with our hotel... (oh the hotel was really great too, especially the breakfast, but if you do go to Bruges, try to stay in a B&B or hotel along one of the canals, just for the view).
The Belfry in Bruges.
Town center with fun fair rides.
Old music / instrument shop.
A Duvel. I love Belgian beers!
Kwatta! Chocolate sprinkles for breakfast? When in Belgium...
Duck! Our boat tour guide's head.
Bruges town center.
Halve Maan brewery tour.
Belgian chocolates. Lois liked them a lot.
Gravensteen castle museum.
Ghent. Quite the dramatic view on this bridge.
St. Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent.
Taking it in one last time. Saying goodbye to Belgium.
Looking down from the plane. Headed home.