Europe 2014

Brugge, 14-15 May

 

  After dropping our luggage at our excellent B&B, we headed for the centre of town, taking in various details as we went along. †
 
 
  Soon, we came to another Grand Place. *
  A market was packing up. *
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  Statue of Jesus in a little church. †
  Bruges is noted for its canals. *
  Dining that evening at Brasserie Raymond. *
  Nick's dessert. *
  The next morning, we set off on an itinerary devised by our B&B host, walking mostly beside canals. *
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  The canals did not seem to have any traffic apart from a large number of tour boats. *
 
  We also saw the “Flying Civil Servants” exhibition from Stephane Halleux which is adorable and we wanted them all. We saw some earlier ones in Paris several years ago. But (a) we can’t afford them and (b) they were all sold out. *
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  A bust by a different artist in the same art gallery. †
  The first church we visited, The Church of Our Lady, was under very heavy repair but we could access some of the art, such as the only Michelangelo sculpture outside Italy at the time. *
  A lovely Annunciation, from a folding altar. *
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  A very nice spot for a fixed-price lunch. *
  While a local gent enjoyed his lunch outside. *
  Then to the Gronening Museum of Flemish art. Lynn was pleased to find this Hieronymous Bosch. *
  And an Annunciation by Memling. *
  An unusual Last Supper from 1927 by Gustave van der Woestyne. †
  And finally to a small brewery for a well-earned beer. *

The next morning we took an almost empty train to Lille, where we picked up a rental car and started to travel in Northern France.

 

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