Today, we were up and at ’em early as we were on our way to Bruges, or as one half of Belgium calls it, Brugge, Belgium. As we had a car, and wanted to see Trier, Germany, we decided to drive there. It was supposed to be a five hour drive, not giving us much time in Trier, but traffic has a funny way of not cooperating, and it took longer than planned. In retrospect, hopping a train would have probably been a better decision.
On to Bruges aka Brugge written by Jodi Jacobsen
Arnie and I buzzed through the active city of Trier and will have to come back
some day to give ourselves more time. Trier was busy, noisy, and full of fun, this is a place for families and eating. (Trier may be the oldest city in Germany, founded in or before 16 BC!) This is a must return to, as we only scratched the surface. We did get to see the Porta Nigra, the best-preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps, but there is so much more.
The Road Takes US to Luxembourg City
We didn’t have any time for Luxembourg City this trip because we wanted to get to Brugge and we were running out of time. Not really sure that we will find our way back here, but you never know.
After hours of driving, and making the decision to leave the autoroute because of a traffic tie up, we wove our way through the Ardennes. This while beautiful, and at times thought provoking given the history of the Ardennes as the route for the Germans to invade France, also slowed us down even more. The train idea was looking better and better, but alas we were in it now.
Arrival in Bruges
After a long day of driving, Bruges! Not a city that I want to drive into again! Tempers were getting a bit frayed as we tried to find our way to our bed and breakfast in the old part of the city. Here the streets are narrow, as expected, and all one way. Can you say nightmare?
As it was, we almost ran down a motorcyclist and a few spare little old ladies trying to find our way around a city full of one way streets that cater to pedestrians and not motor vehicles. Not a complaint, mind you, as that is what we like.
This is a city for walkers and bike riders. Which is exactly what we will be doing. Spending the next three days on bikes.
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