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Friday, September 12, 2008

The coast of Belgium

During our stay in Brugge we decided to drive a half hour to the coast of Belgium as Ericka and Lauren love the ocean! Everyone enjoyed playing in the water and walking along the sand.

Brugge Belgium

We were back in Luxembourg for 6 days before we started our travels again. Mark's sister Annah came back with us to Luxembourg from Minnesota and stayed for 2 weeks. We headed for Brugge Belgium which is about a 3 hour drive from Luxembourg.
What is Belgium known for? CHOCOLATE AND BEER!!!!! During our time in Brugge we definately had both! Brugge is a very pretty old town with small canals around it. We climbed 337 steps to the top of the Belfry tower, took a canal boat ride , rode a horse drawn carriage through the city, and saw the "Mother and Child" sculpture by Michelangelo- the only sculpture of Michelangelo's to leave Italy.
We visited the chocolate factory museum to learn all about the history of chocolate and how it's made. You can find a chocolate shop it seems at every block, and it's nothing like the chocolate you get in the U.S. It is WONDERFUL!!!!! Annah and I tried cherry and apple beer because we had heard it doesn't even taste like beer. Apple beer is definately one of our new favorite drinks!! Although Mark thinks its terrible!!

A great little city with a lot of European character!

Back in Minnesota

Well we haven't posted anything for a while because we were back in Minnesota for 5.5 weeks. We had a great time during our visit back home and it was so good to see so many family members and friends. I definately had to indulge in some of the simple luxuries of home such as cookie dough blizzards, shopping at Target and watching T.V. in english!!! Here are some pictures from our time back home!