From Brussels, we took a local train to Bruges where we intended to spend the afternoon seeing the cute canals, squares, and shops, but it turned out that everything was closed because it was a national holiday. On the plus side, there was a huge stage in the main plaza with music/entertainment, so we picked out a nearby patio and had dinner while watching the show.
Bruges To Ghent
We cycled about 50 km from Bruges to Ghent along another super flat, scenic path, away from the main roads.
We spent the first day wandering the city’s parks, huge square, and eating yummy food!
After slight hesitating, we decided to pay the admission and enjoyed a lovely chill afternoon lounging in the warm sun sipping rum and watching bartender competitions in Polish. They gave out free cigars and poured samples of many different rums from around the world. The 2 we enjoyed the most were:
1) "A. H. Riise" from Denmark
2) "PuntaCana" from the Dominican Republic
When we arrived outside the “secret” location, we snapped a few pictures before sealing our phones and proceeding through security. We were transported to Montmartre, Paris, 1899, where the elaborate sets and actors allowed us to actually experience the characters and atmosphere of the Moulin Rouge.
We spent about 2 hours eating/drinking and wandering through the interactive world that was filled with actors playing out their characters and performing acts on various stages. Eventually they gathered everyone into a big parade through the "streets" and transported us into the Moulin Rouge viewing area to watched the actual movie. During the movie, the interactive actors continued to re-enact various scenes and performances in parallel. After the film, most people stuck around to continue drinking and dancing.
It’s a pretty pricey event, but the unique experience made it worthwhile.