More Bruges…

Yesterday the French students and American correspondents went to Bruges, Belgium. It took us two hours by bus to get to Bruges, but many of us had music and card games to keep us busy. When we got to Bruges, we stepped out of the bus into a sand open with small trees. We walked along a sand path until we reached a wooden bridge that led to the town. Looking beyond the bridge, we saw horse drawn carriages that trotted down cobblestone path, streams filled with geese and ducks, and houses that dated back hundreds of years. It is as if the bridge that we crossed were a time machine that transported us back in time, for what we saw was not of this century. As we walked we saw many shops selling candy and souvenirs as well as famous statues and churches. We walked until we came to a river running through the middle of the town. The group separated in half and we took a boat tour through the town. It started to rain on the tour, which was really annoying, however, it was a very weak rain so it could have been worse. After the boat tour, we walked to a square and separated for lunch. I decided to go with three other friends to find a place to eat out of the rain. After about 20 minutes of searching (we usually take like half the time trying to find a place to eat) we found a friterie (famous French fry restaurant) and ate there. After eating, I walked around with the three friends I was with and bought some chocolate. We stopped at a stand to look at earrings and everyone bought something except for me… because I am really fickle and I was not 100% sure what my mom would like. After lunch was over, the entire group met in the aforementioned square and went to a museum on the history of Bruges. The museum had a large animated portion with animatronics as well as an interactive game section. It was very interesting. After the museum, we started back for the bus. On the way, someone got left behind and Debbie stayed behind to get them, which gave the rest of us time to get waffles. After waffles we all went back to the bus and drove back to school.

Aiden

Picture on the main plaza.

Picture on the main plaza.

Octave ate his chocolate waffle in less than a minute!

Octave ate his chocolate waffle in less than a minute!

Students admiring the "grand place".

Students admiring the “grand place”.

Everyone on board ready to tour the canals.

Everyone on board ready to tour the canals.

Izzy ready for the red carpet!

Izzy ready for the red carpet!

Students learning about the history of Bruges.

Students learning about the history of Bruges.