Brugge – Day Two

Today was our full day in Brugge.  It turned out to be foggy all day, even though weather predictions were for a sunny afternoon.  We began by driving to the Burke-Porter Company’s European headquarters (BEP-Europe) which is located on the outer edges of the city.  Bert and his staff gave us a thorough overview of the company and its products and then we went on a tour of the facilities where they design and construct many items, but in particular, they build end of line test equipment for automotive manufacturers.  Such equipment is used to test out some of the features and to calibrate things like wheel alignment and headlight positioning.  It was a very informative visit!

From there, we went back to the downtown area and had some time for lunch before a guided city tour at 2pm.  Thomas and Rita were our guides and they also gave us a thorough explanation of the history and the buildings found in Brugge.  After the tour, we had some time before our group dinner at Maximilian’s restaurant near the hotel.  The food was outstanding!

Tomorrow we move on to France, including a stop at the John Calvin museum in Noyon, France where John Calvin was born.  It is hard to believe it is our last full day here in Europe!


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