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Bruges

Before heading back to Delft, John and I decided to spend some time touring Belgium, specifically Bruges. A traveler from the Mountain Hostel recommended we pick up a free Use-It map and “use it” to find a Belgian pub called ‘t Brugs Beertje, where we could sample the best Belgian beers. After wandering around around Bruges and into the Béguinage (a nun community and UNESCO World Heritage Site), we finally got the map and found our pub. We spent the afternoon chatting with the local connoisseurs and ordering beers based on their recommendations.

After the pub we were craving some Belgian fries, so we checked out two fry stands that’ve been competing at the foot of the Bruges Belfry since 1896. In order to see which fry stand was better, John purchased fries smothered in stoverijsaus (hot meat sauce) from the stand on the right, and I purchased the same from the stand on the left. If you ever find yourself faced with the same decision, two out of two Bruges visitors agree that the fry stand on the right is superior!

Deeming the day another great success, we headed back to our hostel/hotel (‘t Keizershof) for a refreshing night of sleep.

Inside the Béguinage.

Sampling Belgian beer.

It felt good to not sleep in a tent or on a train.

The Church of Our Lady.

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