Winter Mist and Sun - No Tourists
In early December the preparations for the Christmas markets are well underway , with the ice rink, fun fair and stalls already up. You will never see a more beautiful Christmas scene than Bruges in December. Avoid weekends and go on Monday or Tuesday for maximum atmosphere and minimum crowds. If you come by train, walk to the centre. It's a fairly long walk but it prepares you gradually for the impact of this astonishingly beautiful place and really whets your anticipation. And when you get there put your guide book in your bag and just wander. Turning a corner to a canal lined with large drooping trees, sunlight breaking through the mist, horses clopping over a distant bridge and not a single other person in sight.
Useful phone numbers
The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.
Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Belgium:
Ambulance / Firebrigade: 100
Missing children: 110
Mental problems/suicide: 106
The Castle Square is located close to the Old chambers on the left and the city chambers on the right. As you can see in the picture, I took the picture from the Old chambers.
The façade of the city hall is adorned with a galery of heroes, counts and Dukes etc. These are the people who featured in the history of Bruges and Flanders.
Lace is a decorative material made of thread which may be linen, silk, cotton, nylon or other materials. It may be woven, netted, crocheted or twisted thread.
Lace garments and cloths have been found on mummies thousands of years old and it is known that the ladies of anceint Greece and Rome also wore lace.
The most valuable lace is handmade and LACEMAKING is considered an art.
HOW ABOUT THIS SHRINE?
How about this SHRINE?
So wonderful a work of Art........
Explore all Brugge's buildings inside and outside, front and back (which is possible by making boat-trips).....
AND....DON'T FORGET TO HAVE A LOOK at my TRAVELOGUES, here in this BRUGGE page, but also at my BELGIUM page!! THOSE ARE THE PLACES where you can see how to experience BRUGGE to the full!