You might be wondering why I haven’t posted in a while, and although there are many reasons, (family commitments, moving house, changing jobs) the most fun one is that I have been on holiday to Britain and Belgium, including a city-break to the stunning city of Bruges (or Brugge as the locals call it). Here I visited the local brewery ‘De Halve Maan’ and sampled some of its delicious beer. My wife, daughter and our friends spent most of the time eating wonderful food, consuming vast quantities of ‘real’ cheese, cured meats and of course trying to drink my body weight in Belgian Beer. Bruges might be a touristy city, but you can’t help falling in love with its medieval charm, the canals and the surprisingly slow pace of the people who make it their home. The beer selections available at the child friendly restaurants and bars will satisfy the most needy beer connoisseur, and can be enjoyed in intimate spaces, with the TV screens and loud music enjoyably absent! For me, the European model of drinking is what I’m most attracted to, eating well prepared local food, sipping fine beers and wine while in the company of good friends, our conversation drifting into the night……pure bliss!