In Bruges….

1 Apr

For Europe, I always believe that along with visiting cities, you should also take some time and visit some of the smaller towns close by to these cities. These smaller towns are the ones that give you an actual flavor of that country, its culture and most importantly, its people. Hence during our Belgium stint, we spent a beautiful day in the picture perfect town of Bruges.

Bruges is a small town in Flanders that is in the northern part of Belgium. This is a  small medieval European city, which is full of canals and beautiful old orange and red houses. Though this city is not as big as some other cities in Europe but it definitely has its own charm and many touristy things to do.

Below is my take on this town, through my camera lens.

 Though there are some beautiful churches here we decided to start our trip with a climb up the Clock Tower i.e. Belfry.
 
There are about 370 steps up this clock tower and towards the top its extremely narrow, but the views from the top are truly worth the climb.

The Clock Tower – Belfry

On top of the tower, you can actually see the numerous bells and their mechanisms. Also, if you wait for a while then the bells literally ring on top of your head and you can actually see the whole mechanism in action. It’s quite a sight.

The Bells and the mechanism

The main town centre comprises of a large garden in the centre, the Belfry on one side, the City Hall in the centre and the Market on the other side.

The City Hall

The Market

There are quite a few things to see here i.e. churches and museums, but we decided to just walk around this town in the sun and explore the smaller quaint lanes and the canals.

I would love to have a house like this that opens into the water.

We then ended the day with a treat of the most amazing Belgian chocolates and waffles. 🙂

All in all a beautiful place and a must visit if you ever decide to visit this region.

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10 Responses to “In Bruges….”

  1. pommepal April 22, 2012 at 10:09 #

    I was in Bruges in 1991 it doesn’t seem to have changed, same beautiful architecture and charm.

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    • getsetandgo April 24, 2012 at 08:29 #

      Yes, it is a beautiful place and I hope it remains like this.

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  2. 12thsonoflama April 23, 2012 at 04:30 #

    I was in Bruges back in 2006 and it looked the same – the city never changes and that is what is so great about it!

    Love the pictures – my vacation there was before I was into photography so I only have my memories – the pictures do a much better job of making the memories stronger. Thanks!

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    • getsetandgo April 24, 2012 at 07:21 #

      Thanks. I so agree with you that time does not seem to move for this town and I am sure that even if I visit it after 20 years, it will still be the same.

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  3. Pesto Sauce June 26, 2012 at 16:09 #

    I had been to Europe last year where I covered Bruseels, Amsterdam, Paris, Cologne and Luxomberg….but the place I liked best, in terms of variety, charm and of course budget was Brugges

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    • getsetandgo June 27, 2012 at 10:42 #

      Yes, Brugges does hold its own amongst quite a few other beautiful cities in Europe…

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  4. deera1 April 29, 2014 at 01:41 #

    Could there be anybody who wouldnt fall in love with Bruges? Nice blog. Congratulations 🙂

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  5. Fractions of the world November 8, 2014 at 03:43 #

    Did you ever make it to Ghent while in Belgium? It’s a lovely city as well, much like Bruges but a younger crowd and slightly bigger. And a paradise for vegetarians!

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    • getsetandgo November 22, 2014 at 19:14 #

      Hey, I haven’t made it to Ghent yet but hope to make it there soon… I have heard it’s a beautiful place though didn’t know about the vegetarian bit… Are there a lot of vegetarian restaurants or street food?

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