I awakened after a restful night's sleep in Amsterdam (although it was on the roll away cot intentioned for our daughter- ha!) to this view:
The roll away bed was actually quite comfy and was strategically placed in front of our floor to ceiling windows (image of our room below). The images above were literally captured from bed on Monday morning. What a way to start the first full day of our trip!
At the train station in Amsterdam, awaiting our train to Bruges.
One of the smaller commuter trains.
You've already seen these images (post here) of the windmills, as seen from the train just outside of Amsterdam.
It was a one hour plus train ride from Amsterdam to Antwerp...
...and an hour plus from Antwerp to Bruges.
From the station in Bruges we rolled our small bags along the cobblestone streets to our hotel.
With our city map in hand and bright blue skies above, we ventured out to explore Bruges, Belgium. That's the Bellfort Tower in the distance. You can climb to the top to take in the city view from above, which we didn't do.
The Church of our Lady tower above, Market Square below.
So many beautiful old churches and historic sites.
A fabulously unexpected large shopping area. Hema is their Target-type store.
The belfry above, market square below.
The main square in Bruges, market square. As I told you here, we were coerced into taking a horse drawn carriage tour.
We rolled along the narrow, cobblestone streets of Bruges in our carriage and stopped here for a rest.
All of the restaurants had shaped boxwood type plants out front with chalkboards. Very uniform yet chic and inviting.
My traveling companions and favorite peeps at the entrance to my heaven on earth, the Begijnhof (detail here).
Had we not given in, we might have missed all of this. This little spot in Bruges was so special, it kept calling me back.
The pathway to the Begijnhof with another cute restaurant on the right.
Canals around every turn.
School groups touring the historic sites.
We spotted several cool antique stores in Bruges. I browsed in several but didn't find any antique treasures. It's too hard to focus with an antsy husband and 7 year old in tow. I did pick up a few things for the house, which I'll share in a future post.
I'll be back with more on Bruges and a full post on Amsterdam.