No love in this lake.
Minnewater doesn't get it's name from minnaar (dutch for lover) - the minne is an ancient germanic term for an elf or sprite. Which makes sense when you realise the whole area used to be oak forest and a major centre for druids.
Whatever the name, it's gorgeous, isn't it?
The Belfry and the Halles
Walk around the Halls and look for the nice shops and the interesting building of the Halles.
On top of the Belfry there are chimes, consisting of 47 bells
You may walk up the 370 steps to have a great view over the town and its surroundings.
The tower is open to the public from 09.30a.m. - 05.00 p.m. - Closed on Mondays !!
The entry is 5 Euro (3 Euro for children) Waffles and other sweet things - have a look also under "restaurant-tips"
Old buildings everywhere
Bruges is old building after old building. So if you are not into that don't visit.
But if you like it, it is an absolut must to visit Bruges. Take your camera and enjoy. Don't always look through your lens though. Or you can bump your head as doorposts can be very low. (see Tom in the picture)
How to Drink Belgian Beer
There are NO snobbish distinictions made in Belgium between bottle and casked beer.
Some of the most prestigious brews are served in bottles, and as with casks, bottles are often laid down to mature. The choice of drinking glass, however is a vital part of the beer drinking ritual.
Many beers must be drunk in a particular glass, which the barman will supply, ranging from goblets to long thin drinking tubes. Beers are often served with a complementary snack.
Take just the most basic things, as almost everything is readily available in place. Still, if you know you'll arrive late on Saturday or on Sunday it is a good idea to take all the necessary things as you may not find shops open at these times. Also, if you need some medical supplies, better take them with you, becuase there maybe a hassle with presriptions Lots of film - you'll need it. Take an ISO 200 one - it should do the trick both indoor and outdoors. If you have an SLR, taking some filters would also be a good idea. Especially an UV one, to protect your camera lens