Winter colours . Reflections . The green tones on the left may be at St Salvatorskoorst , but I'm not sure .
The golden knight on the right is one of the striking statues outside of Heilige Bloedbasiliek ( Holy Blood basilica ) , on Burg .
At some point we looked for a restaurant and opted for a flamish traditional restaurant . A pleasure and a respite from the frost bite . For drink , beer , for a change . Bottle of white beer for me , draft for B. Forgot about what we ate , but it was fine .
We hide from the cold in the relative shelter of Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk, read Notre Dame church . They have set up a sort of museum in the right wing , with access for a fee . Beautiful paintings in the church . Then , back to the cold . You think because Belgium is close to the sea , cold can't be too harsh . It can . And of course we forgot to bring the japanese pocket heaters ( kairo ) that would have been so useful now ... Just getting the hands out to take pictures make the suffering worse . B. was faring better . Gloves and warmer clothes . Anyway , the place is so nice . If you consider visiting for the first time , consider doing it in the middle of winter . It is worth it . Just dress properly .
If you look for things to buy, there are the many belgium chocolate shops selling all kind of delicacies . Speaking of shops, shopping , window shopping, I think that even though there are so many visitors coming here year after year, the commercial and shopping pressure have been kept within reasonable bounds . You do find the usual souvenirs , but not as shameless here as it can be in other tourist places . Have you noticed how in many tourist traps , tourists walk along the streets looking window after window at all the junk and fancy clothing displayed , glued like children on a television screen... This place is still a normal little town with people going to work and studying .