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Blackburn, England, United Kingdom
January 7, 2012
From journal A Day Out in Bruges
Manchester, United Kingdom
December 23, 2003
The Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival is a must see for anyone visiting Bruges during the winter (Dec/Jan) season. It brings together sculptors from across the world who specialise in this medium, putting on a spectacular display of ice and snow as you've never seen it before.
Visiting in 2003 the theme for the designs was Greek Mythology. Carved out of more than 2 million kilos of ice were awesome carvings of Medusa, ancient Greek Temples, Zeus, and other mythological creatures. Housed in a thermal tent, be sure to wrap up warm and look forward to some hot soup and other refreshment (not included in the price) at the other end of the exhibition. If you can't wait that long, there's an Absolut Vodka stall carved in ice selling liquid refreshment to warm you up for the walk back to town.
During peak times (such as weekends) be prepared to queue, as many tourists and locals flock to this quite unique exhibition.
Entry was 9 Euros per person, but worth every cent. Highly recommended. For anyone with more money than sense, the specially constructed ice bed complete with animal fur lining can be hired for 500 Euros per night with all monies raised going to charity.
Details of the 2003 show are available in several languages from the Snow and Ice Website. The train station is a 2km walk or a 1 Euro (single) bus ride from the main square.
From journal A Winter Weekend Break in Bruges