July 24, 2003 GMT
Brugge

Saturday the 19th Day 6

Lokeren to Brugge

Beer - good but comes in very small glasses
Ice Cream - excellent
Coffee - if you are not in a cafe its Nescafe instant
ATM - didn't need to try
Language - a lot of english spoken

Off on the road again. So we are doing what we had said we didn't want to do and are travelling every single day. We end up into Brugge without too much trouble. We do find the Tourist Bureau but it is closed for a 3 hour lunch. We go into our guidebook to find some place to stay. It is very expensive in Brugge and we end up picking a hotel that has advertised free internet and was recommended as good budget accommodations. Well let's just create another rule....always wait until the tourist bureau opens. Okay and letís create one more rule - look at the room first. So for 54.20Ä we are in a hostel type hotel that hasn't seen a good cleaning in about 10 years. The internet access is good but slow and of course everyone needs to use it so you can only be on for a few minutes. We decide to stay in the room as little as possible.

The city of Brugge is wonderful. It is a big tourist city but very clean and easy to walk around. There are city maps around the town and every building there is at least 200 years old. Lots of flowers and some canals as well. We end up going for drinks in the town square since we are on vacation and it is after 3 in the afternoon. We end up going to a small take out place for dinner to try to get back on track for the budget. We then get some ice cream and walk around the town again to stretch our legs.

Back to the hotel.... attempt to sleep while being dive bombed by mosquitoes, get up in the middle of the night to apply Deep Woods Off...get up early and run away...

I'd like to take this opportunity to say that so far we have noticed that people do not have screens on their windows in the last two countries we have been in. There are a lot of mosquitoes here and they also dive-bombed us in the Netherlands. We will have to buy more Deep Woods Off....

Off we head to France to Dunkerquer

Posted by Danette Harkness at July 24, 2003 11:06 AM GMT
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