Saturday, July 02, 2005


Drizzle pitter-patters on the cobblestone streets of Brusses' historic center. We were running late yesterday in Bruges, a UNESCO-preserved medieval city in Flanders, the northwestern, Dutch-speaking area of Belgium. So we decided to head east and check out Brussels. This relaxed, jovial city has taken as its symbol the Manneken Pis (pictured left), a urinating statue - that's one way of showing you don't take yourself too seriously... The "Grand Place" is a huge medieval cobblestone square surrouned by towering multi-story 15th and 16th buildings, each decorated for a different guild or trade. I studied Bruges, btw, in 10th grade as a model late medieval city-state. Back to Paris today, London tomorrow, and home Monday the 4th.

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