Bruges

I’d wanted to visit Bruges ever since seeing it on a list of European cities that were a must-see. It is often compared to Venice and Amsterdam because of its canals, but the main attraction is the city itself because it is all medieval architecture. A weekend there is definitely enough. We stayed from Friday night to Sunday and didn’t feel like we missed out on anything. Unlike other cities, there isn’t much in the way of museums and art galleries (even though I’m sure you could find some). What we enjoyed doing the most was walking and exploring the city. The weather was amazing, so it made the walking much more enjoyable.

During our walks we found tucked away parks, pretty canal and lake views, and a weekend market (Joe’s favourite!). They had all sorts of clothes and food. The neat thing about the food is that they had massive vans with multiple grilling rotisseries. It was pretty much a meat-lovers galore. Joe got 3 ribs for about 1.50 euros, just to try out. We also took a canal tour, which wasn’t at all exciting, but gave us another view of the city. One thing that was interesting was that buildings in Bruges like to put the date they were built in wrought iron on the outer facades. I caught a few dates, the oldest that I saw being 1579. Hard to believe that was 435 years ago (photos below).

First night in Bruges we went to Bierbrasserie Cambrinus. Really great vibe and thousands of beer to choose from...literally thousands
First night in Bruges we went to Bierbrasserie Cambrinus. Really great vibe and thousands of beer to choose from…literally thousands

 

A taste of Bruges' medieval architecture
A taste of Bruges’ medieval architecture

 

Pretty canal
Pretty canal

 

Minnewater Lake or "The Lake of Love"
Minnewater Lake or “The Lake of Love”

 

Gorgeous and quiet park in the middle of the city. It's connected to a monastery called The Begijnhof
Gorgeous and quiet park in the middle of the city. It’s connected to a monastery called The Begijnhof

 

One of the prettier shots of the canals
One of the prettier shots of the canals

 

Called the Basilica of the Holy Blood. You have to pay 2 euros to see a vial that supposedly holds a cloth with Jesus's blood on it. Every day at 2pm they bring it out for the "veneration of the blood". On Sundays they have special service where they sing hymns and bring out the blood to "venerate it". I had major issues with this. I didn't think it was worth it for 2 euros, nor did I think veneration of blood was ok.
Called the Basilica of the Holy Blood. You have to pay 2 euros to see a vial that supposedly holds a cloth with Jesus’s blood on it. Every day at 2pm they bring it out for the “veneration of the blood”. On Sundays they have special service where they sing hymns and bring out the blood to “venerate it”. I had major issues with this. I didn’t think it was worth it for 2 euros, nor did I think veneration of blood was ok.

 

Oldest building that I saw. Others had 1614 and 1604, but this was definitely the oldest.
Oldest building that I saw. Others had 1614 and 1604, but this was definitely the oldest.

 

And no blog post of mine would be complete, without a panorma of some sort. This spot on the canals is oft photographed and appears in tour books and postcards. I had to get a photo of my own!!

 

Bruges Canal Panorama
Bruges Canal Panorama
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