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Paris and Brussels, December 2007
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Paris didn't connect with me on this trip. Too much dog shit, frantic shoppers, bears who ignored me at the bar, and rude annoying Paris street kids.

But Brussels? I have a new favorite European city. Wow... on the first night there, I was entranced by a huge Christmas market that ran down the hill from our hotel like it was a ski run. The city was great, and the people really friendly. What can you say about a place known for beer, french fries, comic strips, and chocolate? It's french without being pretentious.

Here are some things I saw. But I hope to go back there soon and see more. Bruge, Ghent, Antwerp, and go up to Amsterdam. Maybe I'll stop learning French... I could never speak it well anyway. I'll switch to German and make my way east across Europe.



Here is my first ever attempt at a flikr set for the trip... because all the cool kids are doing it.


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Wuufs to Brussels. If you need a traveling buddy for Belgium and the Netherlands in the future just let me know.

Yeah, I needed someone to show me around the sleazy back rooms and saunas. Are you volunteering? {grin} Take care... I'd love to come visit sometime! I was thinking about making plans for Wet & Wild already...

Glad you had a great time in Brussels. Sorry Paris sucked big time. Sound like they deserved their reputation as the most hated European city. But I never been there so I shouldn't judge. Need to experience it myself. Anyway glad your holiday vacation in Europe went well. Happy New Year, Take care & Big Bear Hugs.

No... Paris was cool. I mean, the shop windows always look great, so at Christmas, they were nothing special. The city looked radiant, as always.

I didn't to any museums in Paris (except one), and stayed in cheaper hotels on the north side since the dollar sucks right now against the Euro. So, it was a rougher part of town, and that probably colored my experience. But I got to visit the excellent flea market, and saw a bunch of new places in the city that I had never seen (Defense, the area around Luxenbourg, Bastille). I'll definitely be back... wanna go with me?

Wish I can afford to go to Paris? Hell I would love to go to Amsterdam and meet some friends that I e-mailed for the past 5 years. And right now I'm saving up for St. Louis to attend Hibearnation 2008 in November. And about how the dollar sucks right now against the Euro, how about a barrel of oil is now a $100? Thank you Mr. Bush & Mr. Cheney.

Boy, those French. They have a different word for everything Steve Martin

A different "mot" too!

YAY your home , btw thats a great picture of you.. no wwe SO need to meet!!

Brussels = Moules Frites = Yum.

I can't say the city blew me away while I was there, but it was very "approachable" and a good size. But any European city at Christmastime is always a treat; the holiday just feels more authentic somehow.

Gosh, I had a bf from Brussels... Crazy people, indeed. Not to mention their linguistic conflict. But seriously, one of the most pleasant places in Europe.

I think Londoners are worse than Parisians - but I'm biased (I live 100 miles from the French border and we *just* hate them)

man it sounds like a great time in Brussels. More Europe for me SOON

Hopefully you tried some Kriek Framboise! One of the best Belgian beers I have EVER tasted!

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