I can't believe I've been back from Belgium for a week now and not posted anything yet. Both John and I have been brought down with this flu virus thingy that is spreading like wildfire and probably caught on the tour coach we were on in Belgium. We've both laid low for the last five days and for John not to go to work and take to his bed - well that says it all. But hey ho, the sun is shining today and it's onwards and upwards into the New Year which I trust you will all have a happy one.
Well our trip to Belgium was lovely, the weather wasn't perfect - only raining at night - but mostly we had some sunny but cold days. We visited Ostend, Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent and Brussels during the four days but my main focus was on Bruges and Ghent.
Bruges is located on the River Reie and is the capital of the province of west Flanders. Often called the "Venice of the North" it connects with Ostend, Veurne, Ghent and Sluis via its canals.
This medieval town with its cobbled streets and assortment of shops is a photographer's dream
Beautiful lace shops
And chocolate shops
As well as the pretty waterways
These canals were everywhere and you just can't stop yourself from snapping them!
The buildings were so pretty - these look like old almshouses
and churches - way too many to photograph
We were only here for an afternoon and wished we'd had more time. I'd rather have missed the trip to Ostend that morning and spent more time in Bruges. Have to come back again methinks!
I'll pause here - but will return with a few more photos from Ghent and Brussels.
Has anyone else been having trouble uploading photos - the browser button isn't appearing in the "Select a file/photo" box. I checked the Blog help page and it seems there is a problem at the moment when uploading from Internet Explorer. They suggested going into HTML mode to upload a photo and then going back into Compose mode to write the post. So annoying and time consuming. They are working on it and here's hoping it goes back to normal very soon.
Bye for now