Belgium: Old Capital Bruges

Bruges is about 1 hour from Leuven by train without transfer.You can get to the city center in 10 minutes from the station.My mother and I joined the canal cruise right after we arrived there. There were many swans resting near the Flemish Béguinages.We were surprised how big they were. We also found a huge art with a height of 12 meters.It was built with approximately 5 tons of plastic trash from the Pacific Ocean in order to generate the attention among marine conservation.The art was ironically beautiful, even though it was made from the trash. Bruges, which has a medieval townscape, seemed a little bit like Kyoto to us.Although…

Belgium: Carriage Sightseeing in Ghent

We visited Ghent with a brother of my chéri from Brussels.Ghent is about 30 minutes away from Brussels or Leuven by train.This time we drove there and took like an hour because of the traffic jam. Ghent is a third biggest city in Belgium, following Brussels and Antwerp.It is quite large if you wander around this beautiful old city on foot.The day we visited was extremely hot, so we took a guide tour by carriage. We had a young coachman and a horse called George.George the horse seemed smart to remember the way to go even without the instruction.After the ride, we thanked him for his work.And then suddenly George…