On our first day in Bruges, in the late afternoon, our energy started to wane, as we felt that we had, after all, flown overnight from NYC and arrived that morning on very little sleep. Nevertheless, we persevered and visited the Picasso Expo, and it was great fun. In a city that is so celebrated for its connection to the remote past, it was fun to see art that is from just around the corner time-wise. There were all kinds of drawings and informal pieces, like posters made for events and the like, by not just Picasso, but also Joan Miro, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse and others. The exhibition space is sort of like a series of hallways, but it takes you through a large building with a lovely courtyard in the middle of it, and off in the distance is the lovely Our Lady Church. So as we celebrated 20th century genius, we could look out and feel much earlier culture lurking nearby. It is too easy to just call Bruges "magical" but on our first day, as our energy dissipated, I did feel like we were in a fairy land.
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