[photopress:img_2304.jpg,thumb,alignleft]We have just returned from a 10 day trip of Brugges (Belgium), Amsterdam (Holland) and Paris (France). We met friends Cath and Flip in the gorgeous town of Brugges, where we overindulged on chocolates (the best in Belgium of course!), Belgium waffles and Belgium beers! This town is a must see place in Europe! We fell in love there, all over again!
[photopress:img_2440.jpg,thumb,alignright]Thanks to Flip’s marvellous driving, we headed to Amsterdam. We saw canals, canal boats, canal women and canal resturants! The red light district gave us a giggle and the Anne Franks Museum provided a more sombre mood. We took a canal boat ride and used our legs the rest of the time! We took in a bit of culture visiting the Rembrant Museum. After a home cooked meal at Cath and Flips, the next day we headed on the train to Paris. Big Thanks to Cath and Flip for their company and their Dutch speaking skills – we had a great time!
[photopress:img_2495.jpg,thumb,alignleft]We were on a goup tour organised by cousin Pat to visit churches in Paris that had organs in them, with a special pneumatic device – called the Barker Lever – that was invented by Charles Spackman Barker in 1839. (a distant cousin). With the 12 or so organ enthusiasts we trekked around Paris looking at several churches on this commerative weekend that ended with a High Mass at the St Sulpice Church. This also included an organ recital. Special Thanks to Pat for all her hard work in organising the weekend.
[photopress:img_2564.jpg,thumb,alignright]Sunday evening, we trudged up the Montmarte hill (definately worth the walk) to the famous Sacre Coeur Basilica. Night time is the best time to see it – it was full of people but you could hear a pin drop. The dim lighting and burning candles made it a really peaceful place. Finished off with crepes on the way back down!
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