|The Empire State Building, it's not.|
We spent a while looking around at the city, and we also got to watch the big steel drum that controls the bells go to work on the quarter-hour. It's kind of like a giant version of what works a player piano.
|We had lunch sitting by that green area.|
|Emily says, "I've been traveling for 16 hours and you want to take |
pictures of me? Really?"
|You'd think maybe he'd have worn something|
a little less form-fitting to see the King.
In the evening, we took her to a bar (don't judge, let me explain first - it was a cultural experience). It was a jenever bar, and jenever is a traditional drink in Belgium. It's kind of like a mild gin - it's juniper-flavored in theory, but it's not so strong-tasting as gin. "Young" jenever is a neutral spirit, so you can flavor it like you can vodka. The guy who owns the bar does exactly that - he has a menu of a bunch of different flavors. We tried some fruity ones like pomegranate and sour apple, and some creamy ones like vanilla and coffee.
|This is Emily's photo of the sign for the bar ('t Dreupelkot).|
That's the owner's picture up on the sign. He looks exactly like that, too.
|But scenic partially-overgrown ruins.|
We also toured Gravensteen, which is a castle sitting in the middle of the city.
|Seriously, I live in a city that has something like this just plopped|
in the middle of it.