me at the canal
This is a place where women can go live. They live their life as a nun, but they have more freedoms than nuns. They did not give up their status as laywomen and they got to keep their personal belongings. They were expected to earn their own living, so did jobs like embroidering, lacework, health care and education.
In Brugge, there are many lace shops. Brugge is famous for its intricate lace tapestries and clothing.
This is the former St. Johns Hospital. It is now used as various cafes and restaurants and a museum. The hospital was founded in the 12th century by the city and the rich middle class. It was used as an example for future hospitals, especially by the Germans.
This is the main market place. We had another lunch (this is probably why I am NOT losing weight)
Then we went to the main church in Brugge, where the famous Michelangelo, Madonna and Child is displayed. The inside of the church is very gothic and beautiful.
After a couple hours in Brugge, we got back in the bus and ventured to the seaside. We went to De Haan, a small town on the seaside. For many of our Czech students they haven't seen the sea, and if they have, they haven't seen it as big as we saw it in De Haan. For me, it reminded me of Washington States seaside...with its long sandy beaches and rolling waves. Petra (Czech teacher) commented that she had never seen the ocean as big as this....I know I take for granted living in Washington, with access to the ocean at any time.
I walked out into the North Sea and took this picture (above). The water felt great!