31.12.2012 - 31.12.2012 0 °C
Ok, yesterday's adventures made Belgium decent again. Les and I woke up early (well 7:30am) is early for travel in my books at least. We sped walked finding a grocery store and bakery to pick up something for breakfast and snack food for today since everything in our neighbourhood is closed today (on the 1st). We got a loaf of bread, Nutella, apples, yogurt, chips and coke zero. Really nutritious we know!
We meet the American family that are stationed in Germany in the lobby at 8:45am. There daughter is 11, but I swear she was like a 16 yr old. There son is 7 yrs old and super cute. Of course he took a liking to me right away and became my buddy holding my hand as we walked around all day. There were a really nice family.
First, we drove to Gent, it's about 45 min from Brussels. We walked around and took pictures of the small village. We went into a chocolate shop and had tradition hot chocolate. It was awesome. They put seamed milk in a cup, then you pick the kind of chocolate you want, the chocolates on a stick. You put the stick in the hot milk and move it around, take the stick out, lick the chocolate and put it back in the cup. It was amazing!!!
Then we drove to Bruges. It was maybe another 30 min from Gent. First we went to an ice sculpture festival. It was only 13€ and it was really cool, literally!! (I think it was about -6). There was a slide, which we went down obviously!! After the ice sculpture festival we walked into Bruges. Bruges is a very small village, it's known as the Venice of the north. Now as someone who's been to Venice before, I definitely think Venice is 1000 times more amazing in every way, but Bruges was quiet, had cobblestone narrow streets, very cute small stores, lots of chocolate shops, and 2 markets. We went to a tea room and had a traditional Belgium waffle. They were very expensive and tho it was good, I'm sure I've had better waffles in Canada. We spent a few hours in Bruges, just walking around and taking pictures.
It took about an hour and a half to get back to the hotel. I think we got back here close to 7pm. We didn't get very much sleep, had been up early and covered a lot of Belgium in a day. Plus as much fun as it was it was exhausting,
Nothing was opened when we got back, so the receptionist at the hotel looked up food places in town that were opened and would deliver to the hotel. Of course all the menus are in French, but she was really nice and helped us translate it and called in our order. We ordered in pasta, it was okay. We were both so hungry at this point, we probably would have eaten anything. We were pooped and decided to stay in. We took hot showers to warm up (it's freezing here!!! I was in full winter gear all day), ate our food and rang in the new year watching Berlin and London festivities on TV. You could kind of see the fireworks from our hotel window also.
It's weird being away at the end of the year. It doesn't feel like a New Year when your not with your friends at home. And since we've been gone for so long now, I don't even feel like its Christmas holidays, more like summer break! Lol
Well we are off....will try to post later tonight.