Yes, it’s Tuesday, and it IS Belgium. For those of you old enough to remember, that was the title of a hilarious movie!
So, this will be a short post, as I only have about 10 minutes to spare before it’s time to leave for a guided walking tour by our program manager, Nico. Unfortunately, it’s thundering outside and it’s going to be a wet one! No worries; we’re having a blast!
My mom and I arrived safely. Lucky for me, I flew British Airways and had a very nice flight.
Our hotel is gorgeous and located right in the center of town. That came in handy, yesterday, as I had purchased plenty of chocolate along the way and needed to drop it off at the hotel!
Speaking of chocolate, it is a chocoholic’s paradise here. My mom and I zig-zagged our way down every street, popping into every single chocolatier to oooh and ahhhh at all the beautiful displays. I, of course, took tons of photos- and bought a lot of chocolate! Our bathroom has a scale, so I weighed my purchases; 3 kg in all (6.6 pounds). Yikes! We still have France, Luxembourg, Germany, and Switzerland to go!
I am prepared. I brought a full-sized suitcase, but filled it up with bags of styrofoam peanuts and empty plastic soda bottles, so it wouldn’t get crushed. I weighed in at 19kg; about 41 pounds. So, going back, I will add some of my chocolate, then bring the rest in my rollaboard. And, a tote bag (full of chocolate, of course), will become my purse, on the way home.
As I mentioned, I took a lot of photos, yesterday, however, I have had no time to upload them! We walked from 10AM until 11PM last night, only stopping for a chocolate covered Belgium waffle for lunch. YUMMMM! Then, after a brief stop at the hotel before dinner, we were off again. After dinner, we walked more. What a blast!
Brugge is gorgeous! We took a boat ride through the canals and had a wonderful walking tour. Between the architecture and the canals, it is wonderful! And, then, there is the chocolate… Ha! Even the beer! Mom and I stopped for a beer yesterday, trying out the recommended cherry beer. We both decided we liked the Framboise (raspberry) better…
Well, more on Brugge later, along with some photos, when I get a chance.