Europe - Fall 2017: The Life is Precious Tour travel blog

Bruges Grand Place

Bruges Grand Place

Bruges Grand Place

Bruges Canals

The Harpist - Best Concert of the Trip

The Harps

Only Michaelangelo Sculpture outside Italy

Bruges is rife with Chocolatiers

Rusty Tools - or Chocolates!


Delicious Soup

Romaesque Chapel

Romanesque Wall

Chapel of the Holy Blood

Chapel of the Holy Blood


The carnage continued.

Flanders, Belgium:

"For seventeen days and seventeen nights none of us have had our clothes off, nor our boots even, except occasionally. In all that time while I was awake, gunfire and rifle fire never ceased for sixty seconds.... And behind it all was the constant background of the sights of the dead, the wounded, the maimed, and a terrible anxiety lest the line should give way."

—  John McCrae, Ypres, 1915

McCrae later wrote In Flanders Fields after losing a close friend at Ypres. My favorite lines are -

We are the dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.

Moving on. Bruges is a special place. An intact Medieval town. Canals, food, chocolate, holy relics, grand squares and buildings. The whole experience within an hour's stroll.

I happened on a harp concert. Harp concert? And having nothing better to do, attended. Returned the following evening for a repeat performance. Special!

The Geezer

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