I fell in love with Brugge (or Burges if you are looking it in English) as soon as we started walking down the street from the train station. The beautiful constructed houses on the canals, some with the dates displayed on the façade, the arched bridges over the numerous canals, and the skyline of gorgeous spires were all enchanting. Our primary focus for visiting Brugge … Continue reading Brugge
Perhaps the best thing about Belgium, besides its beautiful architecture, is the chocolate. It is EVERYWHERE. We has our first hot chocolate yesterday in Brugge in which we whisked solid chocolate into hot milk. It was so rich and earthy tasting. I tried a fair trade dark chocolate and Jef had a Vietnamese chocolate, which was lighter than mine. Today we stopped at Pierre Marcolini, … Continue reading Tasty Treats in Belgium
We leave on Thursday for Brussels. I am certainly looking forward to trying some craft beers and tasty chocolate! We better plan for a lot of walking because I hear that the waffles are also amazing. Our vacation is for four days and we hope to do at least two trips outside of Brussels. Do we go to Burges? Antwerp? Ghent? All of them and … Continue reading Belgium is up next!
I was very interested in going to the British Museum. I’ve seen it in so many movies and referenced as having all kinds of items that I wanted to see. I really love Egyptian artifacts and I was so thrilled to see the Rosetta Stone and the various mummies. However, the sheer number of people who were also vying to see these items made it … Continue reading British Museum, British Library, and King’s Cross Station
If you like beer, I highly suggest several pub stops while in London. We replaced afternoon tea with a beer stop instead. On Friday night, after dinner, we were walking around and discovered that EVERYONE is out having a beer on the street next to the pubs. I had forgotten that when I lived in Spain we did the same thing. It’s a fun atmosphere … Continue reading Westminster Abbey, National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery, Sir Ian McKellen, and Beer
Our long layover and little sleep caught up to us and we didn’t get moving until after 10am. I had a plan to get to the Tower early because that is what all the guidebooks tell you to do, but I also knew that it was better than trying to get there on the weekend. We took the Underground to Tower Hill and bought our … Continue reading The Tower and St. Paul’s Cathedral
We had about a 6 hour layover in Frankfurt, Germany. Instead of wasting time in the airport, we decided to head into town. Before we left, we took advantage of the lounge’s showers and breakfast fare. Even though each of us had about three hours or less of sleep, those showers gave us the extra push we needed to get out into the city. We … Continue reading Frankfurt layover