Friday, August 28, 2009

Kortrijk: a prosperous place

It only gets one star in the Michelin Guide, but we had a wonderful afternoon in this very prosperous and lively town. We arrived just as the summer festival was in full flight and would like to have spent more time. However, we very much enjoyed the activity in the main town square which is lined with restaurants and cafes....we need more similar spaces in Vancouver.

Sally particularly liked the Begynhof St. Elizabeth, a residential area for women who did not subscribe to conventional religious thinking. Anyone familiar with her religious attitudes whould know that she would have had to live there!We had a wonderful guided tour of the 13th century church by a man with a very open attitude to religion...however even he felt a certain sadness as he described how each successive religious group seemed determined to wipe out the religious symbols of those who went before them. Sort of reminded me of the Taliban, amongst others...

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