|View down the Rapenburg, a lovely canal in Leiden, the Netherlands.|
|Narrow Dutch houses along the Rapenburg across from our hotel.|
|When this Pub is open there are tables on the barge. We spent some time there.|
|We did a lot of walking on streets like this.|
|We came upon this little place just in time for a beer.|
|A visit to Delft and the Royal Delft factory and museum was a must.|
I was also impressed by the number of little stores, most of them appearing to be small independently owned businesses, including two well stocked yarn stores. I purchased quite a few skeins of sock yarn and some new knitting needles. I found some size 0's that are the best sock needles I've ever used. We also found a great art supply store where we picked up some sketch pads to do a little drawing with. Leiden was Rembrandt's hometown, so we were a little bitten by the bug. We also did a bit of shopping in Delft too which has a similarly cute downtown.
|Yes, we saw a windmill! Climbed up in it too.|
|The Grand Place in Brussels.|
Oh, and chocolate! There are chocolate stores at every turn and we made it a point to try as many as we could and brought some home with us. We would buy a little bag here and there and eat some for dessert or a snack. We did a lot of walking, fortunately, so I only gained five pounds despite the beer, chocolate, cheese and some really tasty meals. Oh, did I mention the fries? Belgium is also famous for their fries! They eat them with mayonnaise, but I enjoyed them just plain with salt. They are really good.
The churches in Brussels were beautiful and one included a display of clerical vestments. I took a closeup of some of the weaving just so I can blow it up and study it later. It appears to be silver and silk. We also visited museums, the Royal Palace, the botanical garden and wandered the streets, watched the Olympics in a little tavern, ate some wonderful meals and so much more.
And now, I'm jet lagged. I made lunch at 9 a.m. thinking it was around 1 or 2. I expect it to be some time before I'm back on schedule.