What a day!

Today was packed full of stuff. I’m exhausted! I’ll give a short list of what we did so you know what to look forward to tomorrow (I hope).

8:30am: Leave Wasseiges for Bruges

10:14am: Arrive in Bruges. Find our way to the Markt (Market Square). Found a lace shop right away (so pretty!) and from there, chocolate shop after chocolate shop after chocolate shop. Wandered around this beautiful Medieval city before finding a nice park bench to sit and eat our lunch. Then we went to the chocolate museum and the fry museum. After that we got lost, then we found our way back to the Markt so Lucie could buy some chocolate. Then it was back to the parking lot and on our way to Ypres (Iepers in Flemish).

4:40pm: Arrive in Ypres, try to find parking. Manage to find a spot. Search for the In Flanders Fields museum because we only have until 5 to get tickets. Go the wrong way. Find another museum and get pointed in the right direction. Find the IFFM and are let in just before they close the doors. End up missing the tail end of the museum because they close at 6 and we just took to long looking at/reading all the other stuff! Found a place to have supper. Had fish and chips (me). Was very pleased. So far in Canada the only battered fish I like is from the Joey’s Only restaurant chain. This was so good tonight! Walk around for a bit, wanted to get an ice cream of something, but the shop was closed by the time we were done supper.

7:30pm: We decided to make our way to the gate, which was close, but we went anyway. Good thing we did. Lucie saved our spot and I went to take some pictures of the gate from the entrance outside the city centre. There was a group (maybe school) from the UK. They were pushing, shoving, talking, just being all around disrespectful. Even during the moment of silence. Not cool. Plus we were right against the chain which rested just below our knees and we thought we were going to get pushed over. Lucie got some video of the Last Post being played (just sound, the picture is really dark). There was also the laying down of wreaths. So it was a mini Remembrance Day ceremony – they do this every single night at 8pm. It was really cool, but my feet were sore and I was being pushed in to the chain so I was a bit grumpy. Darn kids. I don’t think they really got what was going on. They would have been high school age I think.

10:30pm: Arrive in Wasseiges. What a day. Got some awesome pictures and some not so awesome (quality) pictures. Some interesting facts about chocolate and fries. I’ll have a bit of time tomorrow, but maybe not enough to really do today justice, so you might have to wait till later in the week. I feel like Wednesday I’m going to be writing the posts for today and Tuesday, ha ha.

Today was also my first time driving in the Flemish/Flanders region of Belgium. I’ve been up there once, but I didn’t drive. The difference was just familiarity. I’ve come to realize just how familiar I am with certain stretches of certain highways here. So a very satisfying – and tiring – day.

                                                                                                                      

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  1. Oh it sounds like a lovely day! BUSY but the best kind of busy. The markt in Bruges sounds heavenly. 🙂

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    • It was busy, but yes, a very good kind. All the Grand Place’s, Markt’s, and City Squares have their own charm to them, and Bruges was no exception.

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  2. Ah to be young again and have energy. Never mind. I never had that kind of energy when I was young! 😉

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    • Sometimes I don’t feel like I have that much energy, but then I look at what I manage to do in a day and I surprise myself!

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