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Sunday, December 7, 1997
Brussels to Bruges, Belgium
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Bruges, Belgium:
Latitude: 51° 12' 10" North
Longitude: 3° 13' 7" East
Altitude: 78 feet
From Seattle: 5603 miles
Lodging: Hostel - The Passeage Hotel

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Today's Travel:
Country: Belgium
Region: Flanders
Route: Train: Brussels - Burges
Path:Brussels - Bruges, Belgium
Linear:56 miles
Weather: Sunny

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The Grand Plas with Christmas Market Brussels, Belgium

Manneken Pis dressed as Santa Brussels, Belgium

Manneken Pis dressed as Santa Brussels, Belgium

Cathedral Brussels, Belgium

Market Square with Christmas Market Burges, Belgium

Drinking with group of South Africans and Canadians Burges, Belgium

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 241
Linear Dist: 87037
Countries Visited: 18
Regions Visited: 90
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Hotels: 40
Friends / Family: 82
Camping: 35
Hostels: 59
Transit: 25
Beers: 997
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Journal Entry:
I wanted to do a guided walking tour of Brussels, but after waiting for 45 minutes I found out it doesn't run on Sundays. Oh well. I walked around the Christmas Market at the Grand Plas, samples a couple waffels (amazing!), and some mulled wine (quite nice). Went to see the Manneken Pis and found that the infamous little boy had been dressed in a sata suit.

Caught an early afternoon train to Bruges. Bruges is incredibly beautiful, but I found that the extreme Christmas like nature and the abundance of couples constantly reminded me that I was going to be alone for Christmas and my birthday.

Forced myself to go out to the Christmas Market after dark. The skaters were having a lot of fun and I was tempted to join them but I think I've only ice skated once and it was a long, long time ago. I started talking to a group of people around a coal fire, and a group of us (Canadians, Americans, South Africans, and of course the token Belgian) went out to a bar with more than 300 different beers. Despite my best efforts I didn't get anywhere near trying them all.


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