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A Mid-Week Break

 

And then, sudedenly, it turned freezing cold...

So we had hot Glühwein at the ice bar!

(at the Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival in Bruges, BE)

 

 

 

 

 

A Mid-Week Break

 

And then, sudedenly, it turned freezing cold...

So we had hot Glühwein at the ice bar!

(at the Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival in Bruges, BE)

 

 

 

 

 

comments (25)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Dec 2014, 01:24
You seem to be getting plenty of elbow exercise, Ginnie?
Ginnie Hart: At that moment, Ray, I kept my elbows close to myself...just to stay warm! smile
"The cold never bothered me anyway."
Ginnie Hart: HA! I thought my fingers were turning to stone, Michael!
We have been having -20 C so thought it was time to break out the hot rum.

That is some nice ice work.
Ginnie Hart: That place was totally worth the entrance fee, Michael (€15/adult, €13/senior). The entire theme this year was about the Hobbits...the "Land of the Hobs." But I must say, I haven't been that cold in a long time!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 3 Dec 2014, 04:44
The Glühwein was a nice treat after that fabulous Ice Sculpture Festival. They did an amazing job and have it ended in the Ice Bar was great thinking smile
Love the image and YES it was cold smile
Ginnie Hart: You always appreciate when people think ahead like this because it was one of the best memories of this enchanting place! Thanks, MLMA.
How very cool is that! No pun intended!! A really great photo, Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: It was definitely "cool," Elizabeth, as in downright freezing cold. we bought the Glühwein mostly to get our hands warm first. smile Thanks.
That is quite a nice and impressive sculpture Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: And this is just the ice bar, Richard. You should have seen the Hobbit sculptures!!! Thanks.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 3 Dec 2014, 05:42
Ice sculpture never ceases to amaze me, Ginnie. Have you warmed up yet?
Ginnie Hart: You would have been mesmerized by this exhibition, Lisl. Totally worth the entrance fee (€15/adult, €13/senior). To have the theme be about JRR Tolkien's Hobbit world was the cherry on top! I hope those images turn out okay once I put them up on my other blog.

Anyway, thanks, and yes, I'm sufficiently warmed up, finally. After that delightful autumn day in Bruges, the weather finally turned to night frost all over this part of our world! We need it, to be honest.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 3 Dec 2014, 06:19
Is that real ice there Ginnie?
Ginnie Hart: Oh, yes, Chris...except for the Baileys, of course. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Dec 2014, 07:20
Oh, I have the feeling you have already drunk a lot of Glühwein - a wonderful idea! I hope the Snow and Ice Sculptures have not melt when I 'll go there tomorrow.
Ginnie Hart: You will have your chance to see (and taste) everything tomorrow, Philine. The exhibition is under a huge tent structure that is artificially kept cold. PLEASE wear warm clothing because it's the coldest I've been in a long time (my hands, that is). BTW, the exhibition is right outside the train station, before you make the walk into city center. Have fun...and travel mercies.
These ice sculptures are very clever Ginnie. Pleased the booze is real though!
Ginnie Hart: The sculptures of everything else, Bill, are out of this world. Unbelievable. But my hands just about froze off, so the Glühwein was important for more reasons than one. smile
  • jpla
  • Anjou
  • 3 Dec 2014, 07:52
Une belle trouvaille
JP
Ginnie Hart: And this was just the ice bar, JP. You should have seen everything else!!! smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Dec 2014, 08:40
Impressive chill out zone!

I have never been in an ice bar (Ingrid tried one in Stockholm) so something to add to my list although I am not a fan of the cold.
Ginnie Hart: The one thing to help you get through the cold, Mike, is the ice bar. Trust me. grin
What? You've also been there 3 times?! He he.. But it's closer to where you live though, that's not fair. wink

Which is your favourite Flemish town? I actually quite like Ghent. wink
Ginnie Hart: It actually takes us 30 minutes to drive to the Belgium border, LC! That's almost a crime. smile We love Belgium, and all the cities we've seen have not disappointed us...like Ghent, Antwerp, Brussels, etc., etc. It's hard to pick a favorite but Bruges is definitely up there at the top, partly because it's small enough to be doable.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Dec 2014, 09:11
I always marvel at these ice sculptures; very creative. I last saw some for my self inside the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland about a zillion years ago wink
Ginnie Hart: It was especially fun to follow all the Hobbit figures around the exhibition, Alan. Most impressive.
Original !
Ginnie Hart: And very cold!!! smile
Live it up! I love that you two do exactly that! Cheers!
Ginnie Hart: Cheers, Robin. You would have loved this place! smile
  • Pat
  • France
  • 3 Dec 2014, 12:06
A beautiful rendering! I'ignored this sculpture festival - really interresting - thank you
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Pat. The sculptures were totally worth the entrance fee, but the place was freezing cold!
I bet one could feel that Gluhwein going all the way down if it's that cold.
Ginnie Hart: You nailed it, Brian!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 Dec 2014, 13:09
Many years ago, I attended a party where a machine like this was used to dispense Strawberry Daiquiri.A brilliantly sculpted ice block. I found a seat close by smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, then, you know why we needed the HOT Glühwein, Louis. smile
That's a cool shot... (puns intended.)
Ginnie Hart: HA! Thanks, Jacquelyn. smile
Sounds like you were blue with cold to match the sculptures Ginnie. Well worth it though to be at this festival. I'm not sure what Gluhwein is
Ginnie Hart: Blue with clod is about right, Janet! HA! Glühwein is a mulled red wine with spices and usually available at the holiday season, served hot: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulled_wine. It's wonderful...and cheap.
I like the Swedish word: glög smile
Ginnie Hart: That's a good word, too, Tom. smile
This is a cool bar Ginnie... it's surprising what the ice sculptors can create...

international ice cutters compete at the Ottawa Winterfest in March...
i have seen spectacular sculptures being made in the park over the 20 years that we lived there....petersmile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Peter. Ice sculpturing is probably an art that goes back to the beginning of time. If you have nothing else to do when it's that cold, sculpt ice! smile
i think it's been freezing cold everywhere, brrrrr, makes me want some tea! neat pic!
Ginnie Hart: Every year we NEED for it to get this cold, just to kill the bad bugs, if nothing else. Of course, the Dutch would also like to ice skate again!!! Thanks, Elaine.
  • Rian
  • United States
  • 31 Dec 2014, 03:53
sure is a cool sculpture.. wink
Ginnie Hart: HA! Thanks, Rian...v e r y cool. smile

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