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Dreaming Along the Backstreets of Brugges…

It’s always fun to see a new city, and even to be a tourist, checking out all the main attractions.  That’s what we did the first time we went to Brugges, and we loved it.  But the second time, I wanted to see a different side of the city.  It was a beautifully hot Friday afternoon, and we just wandered around the back streets of Brugges, staying as close as we could to the rivers.  It was pretty dreamy, actually.  We still saw and envied the boats full of people cruising the waterways like we did in Ghent— we’ll have to do that next time, since I mostly love seeing the houses along the canals, wondering what it would be like to live in one.

 
I found myself imagining hosting a party in this little backyard, right along the water…
 
And looking out these windows… 

The scene in the picture below reminded me of Amberg, and made my heart swell and ache at the same time…

 And I admit to indignant thoughts about no table or chairs being in this yard for someone to sit and enjoy the scene:

Now, this is how it’s done!  I pictured myself having my morning coffee out there:

I love our home and our life in Bury St. Edmunds, but I couldn’t help fantasizing a little…

The only potential problem?  Oh, those speedboats I’d been eyeing, bringing boatloads of people by to gawk at my great fortune!

Which one would you be most likely to find yourself in?

P.S.  I am also posting more “Back Streets” photos from this sunny afternoon over here.

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4 Responses to Dreaming Along the Backstreets of Brugges…

  1. greatdana August 23, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    Breathtaking. So romantic!

    • Ariana August 24, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

      I know, seriously romantic. It’s hard to imagine that it’s “just home” for some people, isn’t it?

  2. Lauren August 24, 2012 at 2:09 am #

    Ariana, I just wanted to say hi from Chicago. I’m not sure how I stumbled upon your blog today, but as I read through your posts, I’m so glad that I did. Your family is wonderful and so REAL, and I love reading about and viewing your travels. (Also – agreed about morning coffee in that garden; sigh.) Thanks for sharing!

    – Lauren

    • Ariana August 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

      Hi Lauren, thanks so much for introducing yourself! Your comment was so sweet (seriously!) and I am glad to hear that you will be following along with us. I wish we could sneak into that garden and chat over coffee together. :)

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