Overview--The pluses and minuses of Belgium
+ Sweet Liege waffles (as Liege is in the French part of Belgium, outside Brussels they are are just sold as waffles,) Sold with lots of topping but really not needed.
+ Dark Beer served in large glasses marked with the brand.
+ Friendly people who all speak English
+ Women cycling in hot pants/ mini-skirts in Gent
+ Crazy statues (that John Ashcroft would put sheets over)
+ Picturesque canals, beautiful bell towers and old buildings in Gent and Brugge.
+ Train system that goes everywhere
+ Surrounded by majestic old buildings in the city centers
o Fries really nothing special, often served as "the vegetable" with the dish.
o Coffee real good, when a place you can get a cup quickly and cheaply is found (we paid e1-6e)
o Hard packed gravel paths
- Dog shit and cigarettes all over the place. In Brugge more horse shit than dog shit to step around.
- Bikes/ trolleys/ cars competing for narrow cobbled streets. Sometime a bike lane was going against one way traffic. I'd have a hard time riding in the cities.
- No street artists found
-Pizza was terrible
1. Brugge-Markt Square and Gothic Belfort
2. Manneken-Pis--with blocks of chocolate Pis and waffle Pis and City Museum Costume Pis. (See Manneken Pis mania at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9bV_YWkDPg)
3. Muur of Geraardsbergen
4. Co-ed cyclists on cruiser bikes
Photos of Brugge
|Just like Ghent lots of canals around Brugge. May be more picturesque than Gent, though Gent more interesting,|
center of attention. This one requires walking all the way up
|View from Belfort, Markt Square below|
|Almshouses around Brugge that have garden courtyards open to the public.|
|Gothic Hall on the Burg with very ornate Gothic Hall|
|Local Brugge brewery where guide shows off the secret ingredient for whatever ails (or ales) you.|
|A few windmills along the canal path.|
|Anniversary lunch along the canal|
More great status
What--no pissing statues....
Though cyclists on hard pack gravel canal paths, not as many cyclists on the streets as in Gent