One does not simply walk into Bruges …

And expect to find Colin Farrell!

Naomi wanted to experience as much of Europe as she could in 3 weeks, so me, being ever so obliging gave her a list of places that are pretty great. So, 3 days into her Eurotrip, we ended up in Bruges.

Now for those who are unfamiliar with where the hell Bruges is (because you didn't see *that* movie) – it's the capital of West Flanders in the northwest of Belgium.  It's famous for several things, more recently *that* movie, but also as a Unesco World heritage site.  When you enter the city, it really is a fookin' fairytale. (With apologies to Ralph Fiennes).

We booked a hotel that I'd been to before – so I knew it was close to the city centre and all the attractions.  From there it was just going around the city, seeing all that was there, and of course, perhaps a brush with Colin Farrell …

We certainly did the cliche's … a carriage ride, the canal boat tour, and wandered the city for hours, before making our way to one of the many restaurants on the m arket square.  We'd been warned that most places there ripped you off, but in all honesty, in a tourist town, all places ripped you off.  With an abundance of moules, frites and biertjes around us, we settled on a small restaurant offering a 3 course meal for 20 euros … and it was good!

So, now the photos …


Mmm … beeeeeer ….

Our wheels in Bruges!

Lapping Bruges in our boat!

OMG! It's the most photographed dog in Bruges!


Sisters in Seoul

So, as per my last post, I met Naomi at Incheon airport and we stayed overnight in Seoul.  I definately want to go back there sometime, especially as it's the home of one of my favourite cosmetic companies – Skin Food – but also to experience more of the country.  The hotel we were in was fantastic – in a fairly new business area – with heated toilet seats that you could regulate the temperature and automatic flushes … a massive bed that was fantastic after 9 hours on a plane – hot showers and an amazing buffet dinner and breakfast.  The best part of a 19 hour delay between flights is the ability to rest and recover – it makes it just seem like a long day, followed by a good night's sleep, followed by another long day.  I'd recommend Korean Air (or Malaysian – who started my love affair with Malaysia!) for this – you can rest and recover and the jet lag at the other end is nowhere near as bad!!

I'd prearranged with the airline that we had seats together on the Incheon-Schiphol leg – it is so NICE to sit next to someone you know! – and to be honest, it was your standard second 12 hour leg to Europe flight.  Didn't sleep, ate food, watched a lot of movies … the usual!

When we arrived at Schiphol, everything went smoothly through immigration.  I handed over my shiny new residence permit and didn't even get blinked at.  Then it was the long, long wait for luggage … and mine was the LAST bag off the plane!!! 

We wearily dragged our bags through the customs barrier and outside waiting was Marius -and- the inlaws! 

I think they were excited just to meet one of my family, althought I have a sneaking suspicion that MIL loved Naomi … 🙂

Pictures of a random group of people in Korean dress in the airport!