After walking about 5KM in Gent, we were treated to some stunning architecture and wonderful beers. Now we’re sitting in the same basement bar as last night, mainly because it’s fun and they have great WiFi
Tomorrow, we’re leaving Bruges to head to Ypres and other battle sites, and staying at the Bed and Breakfast at the St. Bernardus Brewery!
After MANY technical issues, here are a bunch of pics from Day 1 of our trip. As soon as we got our rental car, we headed straight to Bruges and hit some wonderful bars all over the town. We tried to get pics of every beer we drank, so hopefully we’ve shown you how much fun we’re having!
We all met up at the Brussels airport, only to find that the mobile hotspot wasn’t setup on the cell network, and that Avis decided that we didn’t pre-pay enough for our car…
Luckily, I noticed the huge screen in the dashboard, and pressed the button labeled ‘Nav’ and whaddya know, the car has built-in navigation! We headed about 100KM to Bruges directly, walked around a bit, and found the Half Moon brewery and restaurant. At the insistence of Erin, I ordered the Flemish Stew, and it was delicious. We had a couple of beers there, and found a hotel for the next couple of nights. We parked in the Hippo lot underground, and checked-in to our gorgeous room, which included 4 beds and a huge bathroom. After cleaning up a bit. We headed to the beer establishments here in Bruges, all under the cover of a steady rain, which is perfect for my new camera…
Paul knows the name of these places, but each has been incredibly charming and an absolute treat to visit. Two of them were hidden back in tight alleys, completely hidden from the tourists that roam the streets here. We’re now at a bar that’s Ben the basement of an ancient church, almost resembling a German beer hall, only smaller in stature. We’re all full of beer, and the other guys stopped to eat a 2 pound bucket of Mussels that smelled horribly of the ocean, we’ve had a lot of fancy and strong beers today, and when we finally make it back to the room, I’ll attempt to get some pictures ready to post right here. We don’t have free wi-fi at the hotel, so I’m not sure when the first batch will go up.
Also, I’m running on about 33-34 hours of no sleep, so. We’Ll see how far I make it. It’s been a lot of cool so far, and this is only the beginning. Tomorrow we’re catching a train to Gent for the day, and we’ll probably still hit some spots in Bruges tomorrow night if we’re not exhausted, Stay tuned for a bunch of pics as soon as I can get them converted and posted.