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Last year, I was honored to accompany a group of musicians from the university where I was working at the time on a trip to Belgium (with a little side trip to Paris).  Here are a few pics from the trip.

I had long heard of Brugge as it is one of my mother’s favorite spots.  It did not disappoint.  A delightful town, full of quaint little corners hidden just out of view.  Be sure to take the opportunity to walk…just walk.  You may just find yourself experiencing something quite, well, holy. Check it out.

When in Brugge…see the tourist spots, of course, but don’t be afraid to jump into one of the horse-drawn carriages for a tour around parts of Brugge that you may not see otherwise.

We also spent a little time in Ieper – cute little town with an amazing World War I museum: In Flanders Fields

A little surprise when we exited the museum; rain and a fair!

A little French speaking town called Tournai.

And, of course, Paris…we only spent a few hours which makes my total Paris time right at about 2.5 days. Not nearly enough time…

A shot of the river and the Louvre.  I had the opportunity to visit the Musee d’Orsay and have to say, it was absolutely breathtaking.  To stand within mere feet of some of the most beautiful works of art was beyond anything that I had experienced.  Much lighter crowds than the Louvre and its equal in breadth of galleries and exhibits.  I had more than a few intimate moments with some iconic Van Goghs as well as many, many other eminent works.

The Notre Dame is just as beautiful as I remember!

Now, there is a book store right across from the cathedral (directly behind me as I take this picture) called Shakespeare and Company.  It is perfect little bookstore!  A tiny, two-story book store with creaky old stairs and books EVERYWHERE.  This shot was taken from the window upstairs looking out to the cathedral.

To end, a couple more Paris pictures!