"Lake of Love"
Just behind the Begijnhof is this lovely little lake with flowers and swans and probably several tour boats. It is locally called the "Lake of Love" since Minne is the Flemish word for love, but there doesn't seem to be much to back up this name. However, it is a peaceful place for a rest and some people watching. We even found some good Belgian waffles (imagine!) just beside it. There is also some legend having to do with Maximillian cursing Brugge to have to keep swans on their lakes eternally.
Post Offices (posterijen)
The main Post office in Bruges is at Markt 5.
Opening times are Mon-Fri 9am-5pm plus Sat mornings. Smaller post offices close for lunch from noon until 2pm. Mail boxes are red (see pic) and often docorated with a white bugle. They are either free standing or attached to walls. Stanps can also be purchased from souvenir shops and bookstores.
The 'dentelière' (I am unsure how to say it in English)
You will find ladies of various age knitting with little needles and wire unloader intricate patterns to form elegant table cloth and curtains, etc...
A cavalcade of arts.
Like lots of big cities, Bruges also has its share of street performers, representing a wide variety of artistic disciplines, ranging from singers over musicians and jugglers to mimes and such. A truly enjoyable experience....
These shoes are made for walking
What can I say, A guy is happy to go in the clothes he's wearing, a woman will take 14 suitcases worth of nice outfits.
So thats why you never get many women in space? (haha I'm only joking ) Bruges and Ghent are walking cities, so take comfortable reliable shoes (especially ones that don't run out on you! ) There's a joke there somewhere. Seriously take care on the cobblestones.
Clothing is generally smartly relaxed and informal, but expensive restaurants will expect male guests to wear ties. I'm sorry but I don't know or wish to know all my VT members medical history. So I'm sure you will know excactly what you need. But like me there's no cure for The travel bug.....! Camera's, films, check your batteries and get snapping.