One of the best decisions we made on our journey through the
Netherlands and Belgium was to spend a few days in . I had heard it was a day trip but decided to stay for a few nights with my husband. Truth be told, we could have easily spent several more days here. Bruges Bruges is one of the most well preserved towns in all of Europe and as you explore, you can almost imagine what life was like hundreds of years ago here. Some of the common laws in place to maintain this atmosphere inside the walls are are: no neon signs, no traffic lights, height restrictions on buidlings, and no asphalt or paved roads. Since it so popular as a day trip town, when the hordes leave at 5 PM, a sort of peaceful hum takes over the town. That was my favorite time to explore the streets and the canals and bridges. As darkness fell, the bridges and buildings were illuminated with the most romantic glow of lights, mesmerizing us into a Belgian haze. Just say no to day tripping-stay for a few nights!
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
In the middle of a 2 week long trip to crowded Italian cities, there were 2 glorious days in the largely undiscovered Cinque Terre. Just like its name says, there are 5 Lands (towns), perched on the mountainous, Italian rugged coastline. In the two days on the hiking trails I could count the other hikers on 2 hands. It was a joy to be so alone amidst such stunning scenery. The views of the
are breathtaking and the approach to each town, jaw-dropping. The landscape, punctuated with houses of color---red, yellow, ochre—all look like they could crumble into a pile and tumble into the blue sea at any moment. The Five towns each have distinctive features but they all have one thing in common -- Fantastic views…….This view of Manarola was taken from a special perch—the local cemetery. Seems that the dearly departed were afforded the best views! Ligurian Sea