Markets, Music, Museums and Memling
Outbound to Leuven & Kiel, Day 4 of 24, September 1, 2018
After a bountiful breakfast at our hotel (the Hans Memling, named after the famous Flemish Primitive artist who lived from 1430 to 1494 and is renowned for his paintings of bustling 15th-century Bruges), Marty, Chris and I struck out to the Saturday markets in the town square. As we started our walk, the local “gratis” bus stopped almost in front of our hotel and provided us a pleasant ride to the markets. Everything imaginable was available for sale, including clothing, plants, household products, and food. Chris latched on to a pair of long pants and a fun lightweight sweatshirt.
By: Pat G
|Pat G & Chris B|
We then visited 2 local art museums – both included works by Hans Memling. A walk to lunch resulted in finding a local lace maker practicing her skills in the doorway of her shop. Those hands just flew moving the individual spools around the pin design. (see top photo)
A harp concert was the highlight of the day. A local musician not only played several traditional harps but has reproduced many others. He writes original music and plays more than one harp at a time. We saw and heard harps from China, Japan, Indonesia, Africa, Egypt and Ireland, as well as the ones he has produced himself.
A fun and interesting day!