Brugge (bruges in french) has the reputation of the best preserved medieval town in Belgium: it's in the flemish part of the country, and it's an easy and comfortable day trip from Antwerp. It's as charming as people tell you: medieval buildings are really well-preserved, the canals as scenic as you can expect them to be, and the main square is a ^true gem The problem with bruges s that its very touristic... the luck is that many of those tourists just get there on a bus tour and no not spend too long in town... so my real leasure came from strolling around the little back lanes... just as charming as the main attractions, but consistently devoid of hordes of people. very refreshing!
Canal boat tour
I didn’t get the chance to have the boat guided tour myself, but did google some information.
Your only chance to see Brugge from the water is from mid March through mid November. The boats leave every 30 minutes from Katelijnestraat 4, everyday between 10am and 5:30 pm.
Some people say that this is the best way to explore Brugge. Well, as soon as I’ll explore it all by foot I’ll probably get myself in one of these boats.
Basilica Of The Holy Blood...
This is in one corner of Burg and is a chapel containing (it is said) a relic of the blood of christ, brought back by a crusader.
Queues form to see the relic itself, and the Basilica closes for lunch, as it did when we visited, just as we got to the front of the queue :-(
A Belgian Lady busy with her Art.
The picture here is taken out of an Encyclopedia from the 50's (1956 published)
The resemblance in the two pictures , the one taken by Lori in Brugge in 1996,and the picture from the Encyclopedia published in 1956 are amazing.The picture has some explanation written on it , be sure you click on the small picture, to be able to read it in bigger format. ( You see how valuable old fashion Encyclopedias still are even in this computer age)
Ronde Van Vlaanderen - 4
Sunday April 3rd 2005 : start of Tour of Flanders (Ronde van Vlaanderen) - 256 kilometers of naughty hills and cobbled stones.
The picture shows two members of the Dutch Rabobank team (Oranje Boven)
Maybe there are some Dutch VT members who recognise these cyclists, if so please send me a note. Race Bike