Bruges – Little Venice

While we were in Berlin our Airbnb Host suggested that we visit Bruges after leaving Amsterdam.  Wow – Wow -Wow!  I absolutely loved Bruges.  The little Belgium town had beautiful squares, cobbled alleys, pretty canals and gingerbread houses.

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It’s a small city, completely untouched by the bombings of WWII.   There are 20,000 residents but on our canal boat ride we learned that Bruges is the most visited site in Belgium with over 5 million visitors yearly.  We were so glad that we were visiting just before the peak tourist season.

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Bruges is such a picturesque town.  This 40 minute boat ride in the canals is a super way to start your visit.  Everywhere you look you see such beautiful sites.  No wonder it’s the most visited city in Belgium.

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We watch a lot of videos before starting any travel and we knew that Belgium is actually where French Fries were first made.  The fries are first cooked at 129 degrees centigrade, kept warm, then as ordered they are recooked at 169 degrees centigrade to give them the best crispness possible.  Also, they serve the “frites” with a seasoned mayonnaise sauce.  We found the original shop for the frites and can attest that YES, they are awesome.

 

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The must see site for me was The 13th century Church of Our Lady which was stunningly restored and with the tallest spire in Belgium.

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It also housed  one of the rarest works of art in the world—a sculpture of Virgin and Child by Michelangelo.

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We also saw the tombs of Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy and of Mary of Burgundy.

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There were multiple sarcophagus in the church also.

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The Cathedral was full of extraordinary art works.  Here are just a few of my favorites.

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There were also lots of sculptures and wood carvings.

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The stain glass windows took your breath away they were so beautiful.

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We loved walking the streets of this beautiful Belgium city.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Priscilla says:

    What a beautiful church! I think I liked this one best. The “french fry connoisseur” must of been estatic.

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    1. He certainly felt qualified. And he went back at the end of the day to repeat his testing.

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    1. This was one of my favorite cities. I mean I was standing right beside a Michelangelo!

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