On the train to Brugge
Yesterday afternoon I took the metro to Grand Place. Brussels' metro system is beautiful. Modern, clean, easy to follow. I can live in those metro stations. This train is also a little more modern than the Romanian trains, which I expected. There is at least a screen and an announcement of when we stop. In Romania, you just had to know your time and could read it at the stop. Like night and day. I bought some chocolate at Leoniatas yesterday, which Belgians like, as well as some grocery store brands that are good, also. Our guide also said that Fritland had the best frites in the city, so of course I had to stop there. And I must say, even though those things are a heart attack waiting to happen, they were pretty darn good.
At a restaurant called
Marieke van Brugge and waiting for mussels. Have not had them yet and am excited to try them here. It is rustic and cozy, and I'm sitting by the fire. I had the vegetable soup and am sipping some red wine and feeling very relaxed
Did I get in? Hells yes! I know, I'm going to get lectured at for once again getting in a car with a strange man, but I was willing to take that chance. His name was Steven and he was heading to Antwerp for surgery. He said I looked lost, which made me laugh. He pointed out some good things I should check out. He wouldn't take any money and said he wanted to help.
Brugge is adorable, but very touristy. After climbing all 366 steps of the Belfort Tower, I grabbed a cappuccino on the square. The guy there said the horse carriage tours are cool but pricey, but a covered bus does a tour for a lot less
Mussels have arrived. They smell incredible !
I'm on the train, heading back to Brussels. After lunch, I decided to head to De Halve Moon Brewery for a tour. The next one didn't start until 3 pm, so I decided to walk toward the 'Lake of Love.' It was lovely with the swans and ducks. At least I think that is what it was. The tour was also interesting. This brewery is the only one in the center of Brugge and was built In the 1860s. They brew about 30,000 liters per day, and brew 4 kinds of beer. The first room we saw contained the vessels. This is a new area, and then we saw the malt room
and where they mix the hops. The beer takes about 2-3 months to ferment. At the bottling place, it goes through a second fermentation. There is a plan in the works to use a pipeline to ship the beer directly to the bottling place. They use all barley, but about 10 different malts
After the tour, I went to a bar that had beer on tap with samples that could be bought. I know one was strawberry, but I'm not sure what the other ones were. They were all very good!
Now I just get to sit on the train to Brussels. It's a pleasant ride and will be under an hour. I'm really glad the flat where I am staying is close to a major station. It does makes things much easier.
When I got back to the flat, Lora was arriving home. She was making dinner for some friends and invited me to join them. She is from France, so she had some excellent wine and cheese and even some fois gras. It was nice to sit and have a meal not at a restaurant. She is very laid back, and I really like her place for that.
I'm not sure where I will go tomorrow. Maybe I will get to the train station and see what is leaving next? Now that would be interesting!
Today was a great day!
Thanks for reading,
Beer in Brugge
Friday, February 06, 2015
Brugge, West Flanders, Belgium