Tag Archives: Belgium

Belgium: Biking to Damme

February 15, 2016.  On the fourth and last day of our Valentine’s trip, we decided to go biking like Belgians. Let me preface this with the fact that I’m a horrible cyclist.  I stopped riding a bike at age ten and never really learned how to use handbrakes or gears.  That’s why, when we’re at home, we ride a 1971 Schwinn Twinn tandem that Matthew purchased in a garage sale.  He gets to man the helm  while I provide the rear horsepower.  Our first date was on that bike 26 years ago, so the arrangement seems to be working. Continue reading Belgium: Biking to Damme

Belgium: “In Bruges”

February 14, 2016.  As the title of this post implies, Matthew and I planned a visit to Bruges after watching the gruesomely dark comedy by the same name.  I guess it’s a little weird that a film about a couple of hired assassins inspired our romantic Valentine’s Day trip.  But as the backdrop for intense brutality, the city’s magical Medieval atmosphere becomes one of the standout stars of the show.  (If you haven’t seen it, rent it.  You’ll love it.  And you’ll want to visit Bruges, too.) Continue reading Belgium: “In Bruges”

Belgium: Brussels-n-Beer

February 12, 2016.  Certain holidays carry considerable baggage.  These include Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s — and of course, Valentine’s Day.  Each comes loaded with expectations.  As the date draws nigh, the pressure mounts to outperform the previous year’s experience.  Which is why we decided to spend February 14, 2016, in the most romantic place we could think of:  Belgium.  After all, it’s the capital of beer, frites, mussels, and chocolate.  Stuff we love (xxxooo!!!) Continue reading Belgium: Brussels-n-Beer