Go on a trip on the canals....
Go on a trip on the canals. There are several quays where you can board the boats for a commented sightseeing trip well worth the money. The picture here is of the most photographed view in town - the canal and the belfry together are on numerous postcards. Staying a weekend and being almost alone when the daytrippers go home in the evening. Illuminated buildings and the clapping of horses trotting home to rest...and of course I love the beer list in my favourite pub.
Castle Square (Burg)
The Castle Square Burg is situated next to market square and is the birth place of Burges. This was the former lmocation of the first count's Castle built to defend the Flemish coast against the invassions of the Norsemen.
In the centuries that followed, a metropolis evolved around the military centre.
My first stay in Brügge in 1980
This is one of the pics I have taken more than 20 years ago, during my very first stay in Brügge
Our cruise-ship M/S Vistafjord docked in Zeebrügge (today's seaport of Brügge) and I took a ride with the taxi to go Brügge without having ANY IDEA, how beautiful this town is.
All these years I tried to come back and finally I succeded in July 2002.
The weather was better the 1st time - and all pics from the travelogue are from my first visit in 1980
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SPEAK FRENCH...
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SPEAK FRENCH TO BELGIANS! I MADE THE MISTAKE OF ASSUMING THAT THEY USED THE FRENCH LANGUAGE MOST OFTEN WITH TOURISTS BUT I WAS SO WRONG! THEY HATE THE FRENCH AND WERE VERY UPSET WHEN I APPROACHED THEM WITH A 'BONJOUR.' JUST STICK WITH ENGLISH!!!
On the outskirts of the city, on the park that marks the sight of the old city walls on the northeast, there are four windmills that make for lovely photos.
The northern most windmill is Coelweymolen, built in 1765, rebuilt here in 1996 and is open to the public for a small fee (2E) should you happen to plan your visit better than I did and not on a Monday.
Next is the Nieuwe Papegaai Mill, a rebuilt oil mill placed here in 1970
Next is the St. Janshuismolen windmill dates from 1770, the only one still in it's original position, it's also open to the public for a small fee (2E). I believe this one still grinds flour as does the other windmill open to the public, Coelweymolen.
The southern most windmill is Bonne Chiere Mill, built in 1888 in Olsene, moved here in 1911.
Open 9:30- 12:30 and 1:30- 5, April-September, weekends only in April and September