Sunday, February 07, 2010

Easy, breezy, beautiful Brugge

One weekend later than it was originally meant, but we did finally make it back to Brugge. We woke up Saturday morning and saw it had snowed a bit overnight. Just enough to dust the rooftops really. The sun was out now but clumps of cloud were scattered all around. So the snow would come, dump down fast and thick for maybe 10 minutes at a time and then it would be blue skies again. Very odd...

As we drove into Brugge, the sun was so bright we could barely see the road at times. By the time we got to our hotel, it was clouding up a bit. By the time we checked in, put down our bags and went back out, there were some fat flakes starting to fall. By the time we walked around the corner, it was a blizzard. The wind was blowing the snow into my eyes and I couldn't stop laughing.

The eyes are still squinty, but at least slightly open here. Good. Photo mission accomplished. Now let's get ourselves to a cosy pub and wait this mo-fo out.

Oh, de Garre. How we've missed you so.

This is Jason's favorite the WORLD. He has been dreaming of this place since our first visit to Brugge in 2006. You can only buy this beer here. At this teeny tiny little pub at the end of a teeny tiny little alley way. No where else in the world can you get your paws on this feast for the senses.

Did we mention though, that it's rather strong?

Look at that face, so happy...

And now, chocolate time.

Would you believe this is the same spot as the blizzard pic?? A mere 45 minutes later. What snow?

One of the most picturesque spots in all of Brugge.

Scenes like this are why postcards exist.

Seriously?? Does this sky look like it was chucking down snow not more than an hour ago??

Enough of this "outside" business. Time for another of our favorite cosy pubs. Looks like the high alcohol content is starting to catch up with Jason.

Dusk falls on one of Europe's most beautiful cities...

And Sunday morning comes brisk and bright - perfect weather for a walk around Minnewater, the Lake of Love.
The goal for this trip was just to re-visit one of our favorite places and enjoy it without the pressure of sight-seeing. I know I've said it a hundred times but Brugge really is incredibly beautiful. It was so nice to just stroll around with absolutely no plan, no agenda. It was perfect.

Our plan was to leave Brugge about mid-day on Sunday so we would have time to make a couple of other stops on the way back home. First stop was the f-f-f-f-freezing Flemish Coast. The wind was blowing so hard and the sun was so bright that we couldn't even keep our eyes open long enough for a photo. First attempt:

We finally tried to back up and get slightly behind a dune in hopes it would at least partially block the wind and sun laser beams. (I also attempted to use Jason's shoulder as a shield.) We gave up after this. And we didn't even get the ocean in it. Something like fifth, sixth attempt:

And last was another stop on the Trappist monastery brew tour, more appropriately titled Lord, Wash My Sins Away...With Beer. (The first three stops are here.) Fourth in the line up was Westvleteren. I haven't really been studying my Flemish lately, but I'm pretty sure Westvleteren translates to "west of nowhere".

Jason enjoyed his beer-froth mustache immensely. (Maybe they should add beer 'staches to Stachetastic?!?)

And once again, I'm getting all time-warpy on your asses by writing this on Friday and scheduling it to post over the weekend, during which time we will no doubt be in the throes of another fabulous weekend trip. (Listen, our time here is drawing nigh. We're gettin' while the gettin' is good.)

And on Monday morning we're off for a few days in London! Jason has to go for work and even though he'll be crazy busy the whole time and I'll probably barely see him, I am perfectly content to re-discover my old city all by my self.


Aisling said...

I love the pictures. It makes me think we should visit Brugge again properly next time we're in Belgium, even just for that beer.

Alice said...

Beautiful! I hope you have a fantastic time in London!

peachesandcurry said...

Since Belgium is such a small country and the distances to these places doesn't seem much, will you visit most of the places in the spring/summer? I wonder how different those cities look then. Are they very green?

Enjoy your time in London! And hey are you guys soccer fans? Ever been to a premier league game? There's big on Wednesday; Arsenal vs. my team Liverpool! Arsenal's stadium is not too far from central London, the game is in the evening, so maybe you all could check it out! Would love to read your thoughts!