Monday, June 18, 2012

#283. Bhavani, Simon Stevenplein 5, Bruges

Holy crap we're in Belgium! Beer, chocolate, waffles, and french fries abound.


What isn't plentiful is good coffee and vegetarian food options. Dinner here was probably the most we've ever (and will ever) spend on dinner at an Indian restaurant. Don't get me wrong... it was very good food, and the service was excellent.


But the beer was bizarre. Oude Geuze - from the Belgian Boon brewery - tasted a bit like grapefruit and turpentine. Translated from the Dutch, the name means Old Beggar. With an alcohol content of 7%, Oude Geuze Boon is a blend of 90% mild 18 month-old lambic, 5% strong 3 year-old beer, and 5% very young lambic.

Bruges is beautiful. Untouched by motorization (i.e., there are no traffic lights, and very few roads are open to vehicle traffic), the city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


I think Meghan took more pictures of this city than all the other northern European cities combined that we visited on this latest trip to the continent. I'll spare you an onslaught, but here are a few to give you a sense of the magic that is Bruges...

Note the low height of the doors.


Yet another Venice of the North.
Note the absence of visible power lines.

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