We wanted to make a side trip after completing the bike portion of the tour,
so we took the advise of several friends and took the train to Bruges, Belgium
Our hosts for this portion of the trip were Benno and Frieda. Their bed
and breakfast "Absoluut Verhulst"
was a welcome change from the cramped cabin aboard the boat.
On Easter Sunday, their daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter came over for
dinner, and we got a chance to visit for a bit...
The Belgians are famous
for both their chocolate and beer. We thoroughly enjoyed both...
Bruges is a beautiful small city. Everywhere you turn there's another
interesting vista or detail...
Or dog to meet...
Like Holland, it has it's share of windmills
and boat tours and horse-drawn carriage rides
Bruges does seem to have some of the neatest
and oddest statues around...
about your weird coincidences, or, 6 degrees of Bruges...
breakfast, we visit with the other couple staying at our B&B. Mitch
and Julie are a very nice couple from New Jersey. As we chatted, we
discovered some interesting connections: three of us had lived in Houston at the
same time; Mitch and Julie lived within a couple of miles of some of the people
we met on the bike tour (in fact, Bruce may be their town councilman); and, that
Julie's mother Sharon had been one of Steve's contacts when his company set up a
hyperbaric unit at Sharon's hospital in Peoria, Il.
Back to the beginning...