Thursday, December 16, 2010

Off to Brugge we went....

*Warning...this post is very picture heavy!*

The week after Thanksgiving,
J & I decided to take a trip to Brugge, Belgium.
We had heard wonderful things about the city- how romantic it is, 
how much there is to do, how beautiful it is, etc. 

We knew there was an international ice festival going on,
so we hopped in the car and away we went.
Our hotel was right next to the train station,
which is where the ice festival was taking place.
It was convenient, inexpensive and clean.
In other words, it perfectly fit our needs
and for 49 euro a night, 
we couldnt complain! 

I have so many photos from our trip, but
I didnt want to overload you so Ive
broken it up into two posts. 

The ice festival took place in 3 very large tents set up 
in front of the Brugge central train station. 
It was 21ยบ inside but it felt so much colder! 
We spent about 45 minutes examining the 
impressive ice sculptures before moving on to the
warm up tent. By that time, 
our toes were so numb that we couldnt feel them
and our noses looked like Rudolph, 
but we really enjoyed the festival!

The theme of the ice festival this year was "Around the World". 
It featured sculptures of landmarks and icons from 
multiple places around the world. 

The Colosseum with the Leaning Tower of Pisa behind it
Leonardo Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man
Michelangelo's David

We brought our dog with us.
This is the first time we've traveled with her in
Europe and it went surprisingly well.
She was so well behaved,
even in restaurants.
It was freezing there and snowed on us a lot,
so of course we brought her
winter coat!
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Big Ben
Berlin Wall
Super cool car!
Mariachi Band
Statue of Liberty
Flamenco Dancers
Native American
Mt. Rushmore
Iwo Jima
Ellvis, Michael Jackson & Madonna =) 
Marilyn Monroe
Cathedral in New York City
MJ up close
Hindu deity

Indian elephant

To be continued....

Happy Thursday!


ALW said...

How amazing!!!

Nicky said...

What a fabulous experience! I'd love to visit an ice festival. Can't wait for Part II!

Casey said...

OMG! This is seriously amazing!!! I am forwarding this post to my boyfriend to check out- we might just have to go over to Europe to attend this event next year.

Thanks for sharing the pics, and have a great Thursday!!!


Anonymous said...

Oh that looks AWESOME!

Preppy Girl Meets World said...

Wow! This looks absolutely amazing! I have never heard of the Ice Festival. TLS and I adore Bruges so we have to go next year! Thank you for posting this.

It's a Dog Tag Wife Life said...

Wow, these are unbelievable!!! It must've been so cool to see these. I love it and totally gets me in the mood for winter :-)

Anonymous said...

I've never seen anything like that! The sculptures are fantastic. I went to the Carnival de Quebec once, which features an ice castle and some ice sculptures, but NOTHING like that. It looks like you had a great time.

The Cathedral sculpture is my favorite!

Little Miss Can't Be Wrong said...

wow!! this is so gorgeous!! i especially love the elephant balancing a ball on his nose, so cute!!