Getting lost through the streets of Bruges is a treat. While there are well-known landmarks, the joy comes from exploring…and eating chocolate!
Did you catch the Godiva store in that picture? hehehe
Take your time here and wander. This Flemish city, that is considered rather small, was once a booming commercial area. It really makes you think how far commercialism has come! This place has personality, it makes you want more, and it makes you hungry.
From the Belfry, to the dog in the window on a canal (you’ll understand when you see him!), there is so much to see. Watch for the details on the medieval buildings and don’t forget to look up. The tops of the buildings (gables) are pretty cool to look at too.
Also high above your head is the Belfry of Bruges. It towers over a great square that, when empty, fuels the imagination as to what would happen in that square centuries ago. What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about a busy medieval square?
Now-a-days there’s a lovely market that fills the area with energy, curiosity, and of course beautiful food. I just love the variety of one product! If it’s cheese you’re looking for, there will probably be a couple dozen. Same with sausage, bread, and more.
If you know me, or you read this blog regularly, you know that I love food. Though, that wasn’t always the case, it is now. So markets are a gold mine to find new things to try, new flavors to savor, and new textures to experience.
Isn’t this place eye candy? Food porn? Or does it just make you really hungry now? Funny story: We bought sausage from a man and I said a sentence in broken English and Spanish. I mixed the two languages! And no, they don’t speak Spanish here. I don’t even really know the language. Seriously, it was the most awkward experience…at least for that day.
If you are more of a chocolate fan, head to the Chocolate Museum to learn all about chocolate making. I know you’ll learn something new! Don’t worry, you will be able to buy loads of chocolate at the end. But if you want to keep your options open, you can always head to one (or a few) of the many chocolate shops in the center.
Any city with a good canal system deserves to be seen from those waterways! Experiencing the city from the water is a completely different perspective and you usually get a little bit of the story behind it. If you’re lucky, you’ll see the famous dog that likes to sleep at the window of a house on the canal. Google it. He’s famous!
Beautiful Bruges is more than just beautiful. It’s filled with culture, history, chocolate, waffles, fries….Sorry, got a bit distracted. Basically, visit Bruges and you’ll love it. Seriously. What’s not to love?
Have you already been there? What did you think? What is your favorite part? And did you see the dog?