Reflections on Bruges
A boring rainy 280 mile motorway journey for an overnight stay near Osnabruck on the way to Lubeck. At least it gave April and I some time to reflect on why we had enjoyed Bruges.
April and I both agree on the five things to do in Bruges:
1. Take a boat trip on the canals
2. Hire a bike and explore
3. Try at least three different types of beer and chocolate
4. Explore the smaller streets off the tourist routes
5. People watch in the Market
We enjoyed number 5 best. My particular favourite was a guy in his sixties who had time warped from the sixties. He looked emaciated, wearing a vest shorts and tattoos on his arms and legs he walked clockwise around the Market as if looking for all the missing years form the sixties until now. Somehow I don't think he will find them.
And just to prove that the world really is a small place. We got talking to a couple at Breakfast yesterday. We tried to explain where we had travelled from i.e. the Scottish Border ( no one seems to have heard of Northumberland) and it turns out the guy was originally from Morpeth and often visits his father in Widdrington. What a waste of effort!
One last memory was the chocolate shops:
The next day found us travelling off the motorway through the North German countryside. Lots of immaculately kept villages and flat farm land. A pleasant ride on smooth deserted roads. Even the weather was kind to us. It just goes to show how things can change. One day we were playing the game of "spot the truck nationality" Czech,German, Polish,Portuguese etc to keep ourselves amused in the rain. Next day we're enjoying the roads and the sights. One question came out of spotting all those trucks .......I wonder if anyone has ever calculated how much stuff is on the move at any one time ? All that tonnage moving about the worlds surface can't be doing much for the earth's stability can it?