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Dreaming of a white Christmas

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It really feels like winter now. Although it is still technically Autumn I am declaring that Winter is here. I am wearing more layers of clothing then ever in my life, starting with thermal pants and shirt, another shirt, a jumper/ hoody, my big rain/wind jacket, a scarf, beanie and gloves. I do not mind though and feel that I am getting used to it, however these are early days yet.


The Christmas markets began the day before we left Bruges. I consider us very lucky to have timed our stay the way we did, it was really just dumb luck that it worked out that way. People really love Christmas here, it is a tradition that is different to the one I know at home, I suppose the fact that it is Winter plays its part. In the main market place an ice skating rink has been set up, encircled by fairy light lit trees, with one feature tree in the middle. Around that are little wooden market stalls selling all kinds of Winter and Christmas themed goods. From decorations, winter clothes, various sweets and drinks (including hot wine), but most importantly to me, big monster sausage rolls. With a towering back drop of the Belfry, a symbol of Bruges opulence and significants in the Middle Ages, as well as the other historic buildings in the square all lit with christmas lights, you can feel the sense of history and pride that the locals have for both their city and their traditions.


I have already mentioned the chocolate shops, but they have since transformed again with Christmas decorations and lights framing the shop windows. There is a great warmth and comfort in leaving the cold street to visit one of the shops, and admire the artistry of their work. Chocolate too is a reason for national pride here, and the handmade care is on display all over the city.


So sadly we leave another beautiful city, it is always sad to leave however new adventures await. For now it is off to Paris which we will reach via high speed train. Our last stay in Paris was very brief, this time we have 10 nights. I will finally get to make my own mind up about this famous city.


Posted by harpellar 02:41 Archived in Belgium

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