Sebastien and I left the weekend after Christmas to spend New Year's in Belgium. We spent the week with family - eating and eating and eating some more! It was a fun, chill week.
Our friends, Amelia and Per-Ole, from our church were in Europe visiting family too. We met up with the Linds the day we arrived in Brugge. As always, Brugge was picturesque. We lucked out with sunshine all day, which is not the norm for Belgium in winter. Sebastien and I are thankful for the Linds and enjoyed spending a special day together.
P.O. took some amazing pictures, and I am thankful he shared this one. We were waiting on a bridge that leads to the monastery.
On New Year's Eve, we went to Pascal's house for a Demoiny reveillon. It was a great time with absolutely divine food, drinks, family pictures, and karaoke! We got home around 3:30 am.
Cousins - Pascal, Sebastien, Sophie, Raphael, & Valerie
Brothers - Jacques & Paul
On New Year's Day, we headed to Hastiere to visit Sebastien's grandparents. In Belgium on New Year's Day, it is customary to have a family meal - often a raclette and to bring flowers to one another.
Crazy Cousins - It is rare to see Lorien looking crazy and Bastien appearing calm:)
On Saturday, Sophie took us to Antwerp. It was the first time that I have visited this city, and it was beautiful! Antwerp is well-known for its port, especially for diamonds. It lies in Flanders, the Flemish (Dutch) speaking part of Belgium. Interesting fact - Most Belgian cities have a Flemish and a French name. Sebastien's family calls Antwerp, "Anvers" (Antwerppen in Flemish).
I love this picture (thank you, PO)! I feel like it typifies me and Sebastien as a couple together - city, travel, walking to explore.