In Bruges

Our next day in Belgium we split the day between Bruges and Ghent. Both of these cities were beautiful examples of Gothic ascetics with very little modern construction.

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A picturesque hotel right as we got off the train

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The morning streets of Bruges

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Omer on the streets

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Around every corner is another great scene

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Jonathan, looking for breakfast

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Spires tower over all the city

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Getting a picutre

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Waling the street

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The Courthouse

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The Belfry of Bruges

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Inside the Belfry

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From the top of the Belfry we watch a storm roll in

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Looking down on the Basilica of the Holy Blood

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Bells in the Belfry

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“Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries”

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A medieval courtyard

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The back of the tower

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The streets after the rain

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The rain removes all the tourist from in from of City hall

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Basilica of the Holy Blood, no pictures were allowed inside

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Looking cool

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Empty streets

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Admiring the Church

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The Church of St. Anne

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The Courthouse

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Where we stopped for lunch for Belgium fries

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More chocolates

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The Senate and People of Belgium?

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A Bridge in Bruges

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Top photo spot

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Justin by the canal

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Behind Church of Our Lady Bruges

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Taking a picture

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Half Moon’s bier pipeline!

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On a bridge

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Where we should have gotten lunch

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Goodbye Bruges, will Justin make it to Ghent?

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Saint Nicholas’ Church in Ghent

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So many towers

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I think the stone tower looks nicer than the crane

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The Belfry of Ghent

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Belfry of Ghent, St Bavo’s Cathedral in the background

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Post Plaza

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Looking back at Saint Nicholas

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Leie (Lys) River

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Gravensteen castle

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Despite running to the castle we arrived just as it closed

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Defend the gates

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Saint Nicholas

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A canal cafe

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Sunset

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Ghent at night

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Back at Gravensteen castle

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Canals are calm at night

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Bridge of the Lys at night

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Trains and Atomiums

Our first full day in Brussels we enjoy more waffles and chocolates before heading out to see some odd sights. First up Train World a museum dedicated to the history of railroads in Europe, as Belgium had the first rail line in continental Europe. The next destination for the day is the Atomium, a structure like the Eiffel tower or Space Needle, constructed for a Worlds Fair and never taken down.

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Belgium waffles disappear too quickly to photograph

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Covered streets are great on rainy days

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Welcome to the Train World

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Trains

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Conductor boarding

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Steam engines are surprisingly complicated

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Train selfie

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Lets get out of here

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Admiring the scenery

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Enter a caption

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The Type 12, train of the future

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Our travel itinerary

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A model of the train we had taken from Amsterdam

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The Atomium

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Getting the Instagram picture

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Young Atlas

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There is no angle from which this structure is uninteresting

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A flock of birds flying underneath in the rain

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The secret plans

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Going up?

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Taking a nice pic

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Goodbye Amsterdam, Hello Brussels

 

We spend our last morning in the Netherlands getting cheese and stroopwafels to bring home. With some foresight we also get a wheel of cheese and a loaf of bread for our lunch on the train to Brussels. Once in Brussels we found our Air B&B right next to St Michael and St Gudula Cathedral and a short walk from the Grand Place and dozens of chocolate shops.