15.07.2011 - 15.07.2011 26 °C
As previously stated I awoke in a good mood (thank goodness for both of us!) I scurried down stairs as the doors opened and ran to a table with a plug-in. I might not have the stamina for loud music and late nights but I can beat anyone here at getting up early and challenging them first thing in the morning. Shane came down about an hour later and we ate a toast buffet (with this amazing speculoos paste! Why wasn’t this a part of my childhood!?!?!)
We were out the door by 0830, the morning was fresh and bright. We walked around exploring the small city. The contrast between this 600 year old town with 120 000 residents and our 90 000 person town are amazing! When you look at the pictures keep it in mind, there are only 20 000 people living within the scope of my pictures.
We were determined to finish souvenir shopping. It had to get done (don’t worry I love spending money so I love the process, it’s not as hard as I make it sound.) First Shane and I checked out the lace museum, where everything was far to expensive for my amateur tastes. Then I spotted a chocolate shop I actually wanted to visit (there are SO many on these touristy streets.) I did buy too much, they had Dolfin one of our favourite brands. It is Belgian, but you can find it in Canada, if you drive to Vancouver. We continued on. Soon it was time for lunch, we bought a waffle. Unfortunately, contrary to the long line the waffle wasn’t very good. In fact I guarantee I’ve made better.
We bought tickets for a canal tour and waited for our boat. Bruge is certainly more beautiful by canal, even if it was a tourist factory. The guide would talk (thankfully only in two languages!) and point. Whenever his finger pointed the weight in the boat would shift and 15 cameras would click furiously. It was entertaining to say the least. The tour was over in thirty minutes and we walked to the flea market. I found a very cute bell, that one would hang by the door, but since I have no door I will hang it in the backyard and hope that when the wind blows it will chime really loudly and Dean can be highly irritated.
We dropped off these items at home, they were very heavy (sorry Gary!) We made up our minds to do a beer tour. The tour was of a working brewery called De Halve Maan, the half moon. The tour was in English and Dutch, but enjoyable none the less. At the end we enjoyed a complimentary beer in the lounge. Since it was 1700 and we wanted to go for a later dinner we kept an open mind as we walked home. First we stumbled across Dumon, a top quality chocolate shop, where we proceeded to spend a lot more money on chocolate (hey, I’m only in Belgium once!) Then we polished off a portion of fries “to tide us over.”
We spent a few hours blogging and relaxing before we left for dinner. We ate some awesome food for dinner and drank a few great beers. The restaurant we visited had a selection of over 400 beers, as you can imagine the menu was HUGE! The first beer we tried was called Delirium for its whopping 9% alcohol content. After that we moved on to Orval and Omer, both good, though at this point everything was just starting to taste like alcohol to me. With my beer themed menu came a beer infused creme brulee, I am happy to say it is the best brulee I’ve ever had! With dessert we had our final beer, a peach fruit beer. Yum!
With dinner out of the way we quickly moved onto the sleep portion of the evening, which came fast after all that beer.