Sunday, May 24, 2009
Belgium - Brugge, Brussels & Train Rides
We landed in Amsterdam in the early evening on Thursday, May 21st after a long yet smooth day of air travel. After settling into our friend Torrey & Dave's apartment, we walked to a local yummy Thai restaurant for dinner. We left the next morning for our train ride to Brugge....so our initial stay in Amsterdam was quite short! But starting our European adventure with a train ride through the Dutch/Flemish countryside was fine by me. : ) We made it to Brugge in the late afternoon on Friday, just in time to check-in to our AMAZING B&B called I-Room. We were greeted with wonderful hospitality and got settled into our cozy, private room with a Garden view. And the breakfast in our room was so traditional and tasty! In short, our weekend in Brugge included lots of sight-seeing, picture taking, window shopping, sandwich eating, chocolate sampling, Belgian beer tasting (I had non-alcoholic, don't worry), canal cruising, swan watching, and waffle eating. : )
Today on our way back to Amsterdam, we stopped in Brussels to check out the town and eat lunch. While it could not compare to Brugge, it was unique and picturesque in it's own right, and we got to taste more delicious Belgian chocolates...yum! Oh, and who can forget the Manneken Pis, aka the fountain of "The Little Man Piss".
More pics and stories to come from the rest of our time in Amsterdam! Tomorrow we're going to check out the Albert Cuyp market, possibly head up to the Center Canal Ring for some shopping, wandering, and picture taking, and have a yummy meal at Torrey & Dave's favorite local Indonesian place. Fun!