Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The Best of Belgium

We have heard that Belgium is often side-stepped on a casual tour of Europe. After now coming here for a second time, I realize it is a matter of Belgium lacking only major tourist attractions; it is deprived of nothing else. Filled with vintage
windmills and fields spotted with uninterested cows and divided by tall deciduous trees, its country side is nothing less than charming.

Let me tell you how I know.

Our main plan for Belgium was to take a guided tour just outside the city limits of Brugge. It was a nice idea, but Belgium did not go as planned: we were bit by the adventure bug!

"Who needs a tour guide," we mused.

Our logic was that, equipped only with a bike, enthusiasm, and an interested frame of mind, we would see more for less than if we took the safe way, a guided tour.


Maryann said...

I am so impressed. U make me feel like I am there (the closest I will probably ever get) Thanks for the entertainment. U have to make this into a book. I check daily to read on. Kristen u must be in chocolate heaven! Look out Jon.

dad p said...

Jon, don't go anywhere near a store were you can get your watch fixed.

Kristen and chocolate imgine that!!!

Jessica said...

Kristen and Chocolate, in the same line, big surprise!!!

I am checking everyday for an update. It has been almost a week KP. I thought we had a deal :)

Your pictures are amazing. I can't believe you rode a bike. That is the craziest thing, I have heard all day. Seriously, if you didn't have the pictures up, I would never had believed it.

And just for the record, I agree with Wally. If you see a watch store, run Jon, don't walk past it!!!

Sorry Kris!!! Luv u

Mom P said...

K & J - you two could give Rick Steeves competition with your version of touring Europe.
Great pics, great stories!
love MOM

Mom Mooney said...

You sound like you're having a great time. Kristen I really envy the chocoloate experiences. The number of times I suggested to Jonathan that you guys could go for a bike ride - it only took 3000 miles but it's finally happened! Keep the great pictures coming and pleeeeease don't leave it sooo long till your next posting. Luv ya

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you're having a fantastic time.Looks like it too!The photos are just great - I'm really impressed.Looking forward to next installment.
Love...Aunt Eileen

Anonymous said...

Hi There:

Now you both knew we were going to comment on the statues

are they really everywhere???

Interesting imagine that....
peeing statues actually peeing and you were there to see it.

nice photos Kristen loved the ones of the windmills and also the ocean view shots

Look forward to your next posts

Rhonda & Paul

Anonymous said...

Hey Guys!

Sounds like you are having a blast!!

Can't wait to hear how things are in wild and wacky Amsterdam!!

I am so loving your pics. . .keep the photojournals coming :))

Love and Kisses,

Carolyn & Rob

Ps. Kristen I think I remember a little watch shop in Amsterdam. . . be sure to keep your eyes open :p

POMESES said...

Jon can you really jump that high?
or Kristen - is that some fancy trick photography?
Either way.... it's currently on our desk top!
love and smiles

Julia and Dave said...

Hey guys, sounds like your having fun there, Julia wants to know how the waffle was! It's starting to get really cold here now and the leaves are changing colours all over. Bailey is still being crazy as ever, and mom bought her the dumbest rain coat ever, it is lined with little ducks. Well keep us posted on whats happening there. Bye for now.

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