Take a tour in a wagen pulled by beautiful horses.
This definitely is a great way to tour Brugge in a wagen pulled great horses as the one seen in the picture. To avoid making a mess
in the streets of Brugge these horses are outfitted with a bag that will catch their droppings, a pretty smart invention.
Take this tour it looks like fun.
Reaching Arentpark, beware the wooden houses !
was trying to take a picture of a bridge, the one that allows to cross the canal from OLV-Gruuthuse to Arentpark. This one is the very one located near the OLV cathedral and the Gruuthuse. Nothing special except from the fact that I couldn't snap a picture of it "naked". There was always someone walking on it... ah! That's Brugge !
In a moment of despair, I looked a round and found something nice to have on a picture: the wooden houses along the water & the gablestone of a house just across the bridge. I had to have noticed the wooden houses, for sure but the gablestone, not sure...
Ah! and not to forget, the smallest window ever ! In the past, whenever I mentioned to my entourage that I was going to Brugge, there sure had to be someone who would remark that "you're going to see the smallest window in the world, then.". Indeed, I was going to see the smallest window in the world. Indeed, who says canals says bridges but there are also
*the picturesque wooden houses.
Ah! wooden houses.. fascinating but recent history in Madagascar reminds me how fragile this material is. To be short, criminals set fire to one of our most important buildings (if not THE MOST!) in history. That wooden palace and other buildings in the royal complex in Tana were totally destroyed. Of the palace -the main building-, only the stone facade stood. At its construction era, the then Queen was advised by English architects and technicians to build the palace in stone, "in case of fire". In vain. One of reasons the Malagasy houses used to be in wood was that, by tradition, only tombs could be built with stone.
That's one reason why seeing a wooden house in this style from the Middle Ages just leaves me in awe.
*the gablestones although Mechelen has more of them than Brugge does.
The Stoofstraat, although Stoof is a Flemish word, you might recognize the word "stove" in it.
That is exactly what it means.
In this street you had a lot of public bathrooms. It was a public secret that sometimes not only the water of the bath tubs got heated `-) This street goes in a bend. The entrance you see on this picture is at the Walplein (where the brewerie museum the Halve Maan is) and it gives way on the Katelijnestraat.
In this street, just around this bend, you will find lots of little shops, handycraft shops but also a very nice chocolat shop where I usually buy my soft chocolat truffles.
At the back ground you can spot the tower of the Our Lady's church at few minutes walk from here.
Beer in Brugge
Brugge is famous for it's beer!!
There are many bars and there are plenty of different ones to try. Many of them have their own specail glass too.
I particulary liked Kriek, a cherry flavoured beer.
The Pink Bear Tours
The first tour called "Tour 1" Damme&Brugge is usually from Bruge via delightful poplarlined canal onward to Damme; formerly an outer harbour to Bruges and now a beautiful medieval market town.
From 10:30AM -01:30 PM.
Tour 2 : In the countryside: - Cycling the Green belt around Bruges. On this tour, one would see Windmills, picturesque Flemish villages and a castle. In a rural pub you can taste Belgian delights: beer and waffles! Individual 16,00 Euros
Students and Persons under 14,00 Euros
Kids under 10 Free
Own Bicycle 11,00 Euros
Price includes a guide, quality bicycle and drinking water, Meeting point: under the Bell Tower on the Market Square.
Group arrangements possible.