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August 23, 2015

Holiday Day Ten - Bruges

Hi Everybody,

On the 11th August we had our last port to visit and this is Bruges.

Another really pretty city with trees and canals running through it.

Yesterday was a day at sea and after all the excitement of St Petersburg it was nice to just relax
This was a lovely day and a real pleasure to wander the streets and look at the gardens and the water.

Once again the weather was  kind to us and it was very warm.
We walked towards a park where the request was for silence ... but of course the hum of voices could still be heard.

In the park there are tree houses way up above us  and there are lots of them. Children are not allowed to climb the trees.

Below is the explanation of the tree houses ...

 Little cafes dot the streets inviting you in for lunch or coffee and cake and later on in the day they got very busy.

There are also lots of horse drawn caragies and our guide told us they are very well cared for.

They work for eight hours in one day and then have four days off to rest.

This tower is open to the public and all the people waiting at the bottom are going to climb the 300 or so steps to the top.

I wouldn't have the energy to do all that climbing ... plus my knees won't let me any more, but I bet the view from the top is wonderful.

This is a small selection of the lace that Belgium is famous for and it is very beautiful.

There where tablecloths, cushions, clothing in fact all sorts of things that had lace added to them.

And of course no trip to Belgium would be complete without some Belgium chocolate.

We went in to buy some and samples where being offered so it would have been rude to refuse ...and it was delicious.

This lady was coating fresh strawberries in chocolate and we managed to resist these delicacies.

But we did buy some to bring home.

So today we set sail for home, sailing overnight to reach Southampton at 6am.

It has been a wonderful two week holiday and we have enjoyed every city that we have been to, but it seems to have gone by so quickly

I hope you have enjoyed my Travel Tales over the last few days ... but next week it is back to normal and back to card making.

I have managed to keep the Tuesday Tutorial going while I have been away and  there will be a Friday Freebie added again so keep a look out for that.

Thank you for all your lovely comments

More tomorrow ...

Hugs xx


  1. Dear Christina, thank you so much for bringing the tour to those of us who would love to have done it.
    I have really enjoyed it all,and am delighted you both had a ball and I'm sure you will soon be planning your next one
    cheers Kaye

  2. Lovely photos of Bruges, it's been great seeing all the places you have visited. You have made my mind up-I want to do this cruise!!!!


  3. I enjoyed your travel tales Christina and loved all the pictures.thank you .take care Jane B.

  4. Hi Christina, what a wonderful last day of your holiday spent in Bruges, it looks amazing and those strawberry chocolates look scrummy. It's been lovely looking at all the places you have been to. Thank you for sharing it all with us.
    Kind regards
    Anne Owens.

  5. Thank you so much for your descriptive journey. It has been lovely to read of your activities during your cruise. You have had a wonderful time and I enjoyed reading all about it.

  6. Thank you for Sharing your Fab Cruise ,i have enjoyed your journey and learned quite a lot along the way.
    Have a lovely Sunday
    Elaine H X

  7. Bruge looks lovely- but I bet Isabella gets more fun out of her tree house than just looking at one! Happy that you enjoyed it all and are now back to "normal"- whatever that is. I enjoyed the C& C show - have resisted the Saphire so far but bought some of the dies xx

  8. Good Morning Christina :) Ohhhhh.... is it over already????? As they say.... "All good things must come to an end". I am just thrilled you and Hubby had such a beautiful time and trip together. I can't thank you enough for sharing the highlights of your travels with us. I have truly enjoyed reading about and viewing the pictures to each and every stop. I also have to say.... ending today's blog with a picture of Belgian Chocolate was a really nice touch! Enjoy a Beautiful Day Dear Lady. Big Hugs.

  9. Thank you for sharing your amazing vacation with us. I loved every minute of it!

  10. Your trip was wonderful, and I thoroughly enjoyed the photos! We have looked at this cruise several times, and hoping to talk my husband into doing it! Thank you.

  11. Thank you for sharing your cruise with us. Your pictures were wonderful and enjoyed the stories of each of them.


  12. I love Bruges, that scrummy hot chocolate and waffles.....oooooh makes me hungry....lovely photos Christina....luv Ursula xx

  13. thanks Christina, I so enjoyed travelling with you albeit a virtual tour. hugs
    Lyn xxx

  14. Hi Christina, it's been a wonderful expierence travelling the journey of your holiday, it's difficult to choose which Country is the best, they all have a certain beauty to them, thanks for the chance to see them.
    Regards Liz.

  15. Thank you very much for sharing your trip. I have enjoyed the pictures. Now, will you please take a cruise to Alaska and share those pictures too. Just kidding, almost. That is my dream trip.

  16. oh, what a wonderful trip. thanks for being our guide. my husband did part of your trip a few years ago. I must say I like some of your pics better than his. shhhhh don't tell him I said that. so glad you enjoyed it. so will we some of that lace on your cards?

  17. Another beautiful city and your photos are fabulous. I'm so glad you had perfect weather and a wonderful cruise. Pat x

  18. Thank you so much for taking me along with you on your cruise. Your pictures were so good and your comments so descriptive that I feel like I was there with you. I loved all of the places, but the one that really stood out because of the color of the buildings and the ornateness of the insides was St. Petersburg. Thank you again, Christina.
    Oh, do you mind if I ask what kind of camera you have? The pictures were beautiful.

  19. These are beautiful pictures, thanks for the explanation of each one. Can't imagine tree houses and no children up in them. Beautiful.

  20. Really lovely photos everything looks so pretty. Take Care Melody xxx

  21. Bruges was one of our favourite places on our trip to Europe. Such a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing trip with us. Fabulous to see the great photos.

  22. Hi Christina,
    Wonderful pictures of Bruges. Thank you for sharing your holiday
    with us. It have been a truly amazing journey, only one problem, now
    I want to go on one myself. Maybe a crafting one.
    hugs Maria x


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