view from our B&B
Our wake up was 2 hours after we intended this morning so we had our breakfast before heading off on our run. Because we are training for craziness in Orlando in January we can’t skip this. The morning is VERY foggy and the canal is hard to even see. Somehow it made the run even more enchanting.
There is a trail along the canal all the way to another town called Damme.
We didn’t make it that far but we did pass four windmills and a paddlewheel boat coming from Damme.
street in bruge
The street reminded me of where you might find Jack the Ripper.
After a shower we set off to the center of town or Market Square. IT is ringed with restaurants and shops. Unfortunatley today in the center is a big stage and lots of sound equipment. It wasn’t a great time to get a view from the bell tower so lunch was in order. Due to the run tomorrow and because we can be cheap we took a suggestion from Rick Steves and ate at Medard Brasserie.
Grande portion of spaghetti
You get a GIGANTIC plate of homemade spaghetti for 5.50 euro. And food here is very expensive. We strolled down the shopping street which was very crowded now that the weather got warmer.
postcard view of canal
Next up was a boat ride along the canal. There are several vendors that will pack you on to a boat and drive you up and down the canal for 30 minutes.
dog along the canal
The best thing we saw was this dog sticking his head out the window watching the boats go by.
We passed a flea market that we walked through and scored a black elephant tea pot!
Belgian beers with matching glasses
You can’t go to Belgium and not enjoy the beer – they have hundreds of kinds. The shop 2Be had hundreds of beers all with the glass that matches. The Brugse Zot beer is the only remaining kind still brewed in Bruge. The store has a patio where you can sit and enjoy their brew. We took this opportunity to have the Zot and cherry beer.
Our Belgian beer
Our first dinner option had no open tables so we went to De Gastro which is the restaurant owned by the sisters that run our B&B. The meal was amazing and the restaurant has a good atmosphere with black and red interior. Since we are in Belgium we started with mussels. Next for me was grilled salmon and potato croquettes. Curt had Flemish stew and fries. We finished it off with tiramisu and crème caramel with dessert wine. In the end we didn’t feel like we missed out, in fact we got lucky!