Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo

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I haven’t been writing about travel much recently, but there are some experiences that compel you to express them.

Today, that was lunch. Or maybe breakfast. This morning I went to the Tsukiji Fish Market here in Tokyo. It was nice to spend some time alone, taking the Yamanote line in silence, then realizing I had miscalculated how far the Yamanote would get me, and would either have to take a bus or walk the last 15 minutes of the trip. I chose walking, as I usually do, even though there was a decent chance of rain.

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Versailles and the Gardens

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We spent yesterday at Versailles. After we toured the whole Jardin de Versailles, Kathryn had some work to do, so she found a spot on the grounds with wifi, and I kept exploring.

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Lochnagar Crater Memorial

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We drove yesterday to the Lochnagar Crater and Memorial near Albert, France.

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In Bruges

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Ha! Like the movie! You Get it? The title of this post is the same as the movie!

So we’re in Bruges. And it’s very pretty. And a lot of people have realized that. My first thought as we walked into town was that the people who have lived here for generations must be losing their minds with the number of tourists here. I mean just 50 years ago it was most likely a sleepy, charming little town that happened to have a very attractive shared aesthetic for its buildings. The residents would have lived out their lives in small town bliss, hopefully admiring their environs as they went about their day-to-day business. Now this place is like a much-better-looking Times Square, except with fries, waffles and chocolate instead of the naked cowboy, or whatever they have in Times Square these days. So I’m sure the change has been pretty daunting.

That said, we had a lovely time of it. Virtually every building in the tourist areas is build with an ornate facade that makes you feel like you’re in a fairy tale, and the tower you can see from pretty much anywhere in town makes you feel like something magical is going on.

Bruges Canal and Tower

We got all the basic sightseeing done in a few hours of walking around, and moved on to the important stuff, namely the aforementioned beer, waffles, and chocolate.


Malheur Beer Bruges

It means Woe or Misfortune. Delicious!

Waffle Chez Albert Bruges

From Chez Albert – Liege Waffle with strawberries, chocolate, and cream. Fresh off the iron.


Pink Killer from the Wall of Beer. Hey look, I’m in the reflection.

In posting this, I realize that I haven’t really had any chocolate. This is something I’ll have to rectify immediately.

ROAD TRIP! Western Europe Fall 2015

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Flowers in Middenheim, Antwerp

Today we began our new adventure: ROAD TRIP!

We rented a car in The Hague, Netherlands for two weeks from Hertz. Hertz allows us to drive pretty much everywhere but Scandinavia (due to weather conditions), so we have a pretty open road ahead of us. Here’s the basic plan:

Day 1: Visit Antwerp and check out the Sculpture garden in Middenheim, a park right in the city.

Drive on to Ghent, look at all the pretty buildings there, and spend the night. Drink belgian beer.

Day 2: Drive onward to Bruges, where we will spend 1 or 2 nights depending on our taste.

Day 3: Probably more Bruges. Drink beer, eat waffles. And fries. And chocolate.

Day 4: Drive to France, to stay in the town just across the border called Lille. We found a cheap hotel and I’m hoping we’ll find a mill bakery immediately so that I can eat too many baguettes. Really any plural amount of baguettes is probably too many.

Days 5-14: Drive into France a bit more, maybe head to Paris. It’s only 2 hours from Lille. We’re trying to find a way to park in the suburbs and just take the train into Paris for the day, but guides online are telling us there’s not much advantage there. We’re really trying to avoid driving in Paris.

Next, drive to Luxembourg. Neither of us has ever been, and come to think of it, I don’t know anyone who’s ever been. Should be fun to check out.

Head into Northwestern Germany. I love Berlin, but have never been anywhere else, so this should be an adventure.

Finally, return to the Netherlands and head to Utrecht, hopefully to grab drinks with a friend of ours we met in Galapagos.

So that’s our big plan. Trying to keep as flexible as we can while having fun. After the road trip, we head to Copenhagen, Denmark, and Malmo, Sweden for about a week before I fly back to NYC.

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