Bruges is yet another canal city. Though I imagine not the only one in Belgium, it's the only I know of (unless Ghent counts? Still need to get there!). However, we're not talking thousands like in Amsterdam. Much more low key but you can still go for a ride about on them!
What's one of the things I didn't get to do on my short day trip though? Boat ride! 🤦♀️. What can I say? The lines were long and there was food, chocolate and beer to attend to before heading back🤷♀️. And of course a few historical buildings!
So much world, so little time.
The Groeninge Museum offers a varied overview of the history of Belgian visual art, culminating in the world-famous Flemish primitives. The modernistic museum building from the 1930s is located on the domain of the former Eekhout Abbey.
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The nickname of the Bruges citizens is “Bruges fools”. They owe this nickname to the following legend: after detaining Maximilian I of Austria in their struggle for autonomy for a time, he forbade the keeping of an annual fair and other festivities. In an attempt to appease him, Bruges held a big party for him and then asked permission to once again be allowed to hold an annual fair, to collect taxes and to build a new mental house.
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The place dates back to 1450. It was rebuilt to its present form in 1680. This unique framework with a view of the Bruges canals offers space for banquets and banquets up to 165 people in several salons. In the authentic interior of the guild house, the Huidevettershuis, located along the Bruges Reien, brings the Flemish cuisine back to life from the past.
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‘Stoofstrafen’ were there at the skate in Bruges of the 14th and 15th century. It was the glory days of the ‘bath stoves’, mostly brothels, which gave relaxation and spiced fun to the international population in Bruges. All of those streets got a different name in the course of time. Only the stroofstraat, which I discussed here kept the original name. In the second half of the 20th century, this deserted alley was discovered by the tourist industry and entered into the walking route, with various shops that are geared to the tourists. Above you see one of the cosy touristic new shops.
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📍Brugge, O.L.V. Kerkhof-Zuid
Confiserie Zucchero is the famous candy store in Bruges. The sweets are prepared in all scents and colours. You can even have them personalised for special occasions.
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The Carmersstraat has a good number of protected monuments. Although this was in the 19th century a very popular, not to say unpleasant neighbourhood, there were many important and architecturally remarkable mansions and citizen houses. A number of them were taken over by the Aigle Belgica brewery, which they did leave behind in a bad condition, but are still restorable.
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The characterful surroundings of the Bonifacius bridge and the adjacent Arentshof will appeal to many visitors. Here you will find an irresistible combination of impressive history and warm romance. The Arentshof, lying along the picturesque canals, creates a unique atmosphere with its tall trees, hidden benches, mysterious artworks and beautiful views of the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk and the House of Lords of Gruuthuse.
Одна улица уводит в другую. Дамы с собачками прячут волосы от дождя. Вокруг узкие улочки и вереницы машин, стоящих в пробках. Вот от туда-то мы и ушли, чтобы проникнуться в культуру европейцев. Католические церкви, это, определённо, изюм города Брюссель👌