Wednesday, July 13, 2011

This Is Just Appalling.

The view from my office, today, July 13, 2011. You should be able to see the ocean between those two buildings that look like vanilla wafers.

San Francisco weather, you finally wore me down. I actually used to enjoy dreary, gray days. I never really noticed that our summers are not exactly sunny and warm. I have never been one to gripe about an extended span of sunless days. But, you got me. This December will mark my sixth year in the city, and I have to not only notice, but adamantly gripe that this absolutely sucks. I wore a black wool coat to work today. My hair was soaked by a thick, insidious mist after a one-block walk to the bus stop. Not cool.

I am super behind in my blogging, but I have been up to all kinds of nonsense that is stockpiled up for posts. Hopefully soon!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Brugges - Day 2: Black Cats & Belfries

If we found our time in Brussels a bit lackluster, the quaint little tourist town of Brugges, just a forty-minute train ride from the city, more than amply made up for it. When I saw the pictures of one of my favorite blogger's trip there, it not only sold me on the destination, but catalysed our entire trip. With its picturesque views, beautiful canals, and medieval architecture, it was like walking around a little fairy tale city. I absolutely fell in love with it. Hope it's not hard to see why!

There were hordes of people coming out of the train station to cross through the walled city's gates, including my favorite type of tourists.

The canal surrounding the entire city.

Making our way through the little cobbled streets toward the main square.

Entering the downtown area, where the most prominent building punctuating the Brugges skyline is a 13th-century belfry.

The famed belfry up close.

Main city square.

City Hall.

Much like the Ashbury Apartment, Brugges' government is represented by a Lion and a Bear.

Brugges City Hall > Yours.

Our new friend, Bert, couldn't direct us to the Folk Museum, but he could show us the world's smallest street (that could probably use a little fact-checking).

These folks are serious about three things: chocolate, Easter, and Easter chocolate.

Our first canal-view inside the city!


Time for refreshment, Belgium-style.

The beautiful sights continued as we ventured outside of the main city area and into the surrounding neighborhoods, still in search of the elusive Folk Musuem.

One of my favorite pictures.

At last! Though the Folk Museum was closed, I was happy to get a picture with their awesome sign.

As the day wore on, we only seemed to enjoy Brugges more. The setting sun put such a different glow on the buildings and streets that we could have easily taken every picture over again. As the afternoon gave way to twilight, an evening breeze lifted each little flag up, and the less-hearty tourists departed for the train station, the whole city took on a magical air. From the reflections of the canals to the swans to the dark, empty streets, I felt like I had been transported to another time and could have stayed forever.