Canals/Bridges ., Brugge
Make a long lazy walking tour from the Grote Markt via the Dijver to the Minnewater. This walk will take you along the most prominent sights and give you a good overview of all the beautiful things Brugge has on offer.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory is of wandering around Brugge on a cold and bright February morning (this pic was made in the fall, however!). There was still some snow left and hardly anyone was in the streets. I felt as if I was walking 700 years back in time, expecting to see knights or princesses coming around every corner. Around noon, the city came to life more, and the spell was broken, but the experience was magical!
As I said before everything is beautiful in Brugge, even the little details, like the Blinde Ezeltraat, near the TownHall in the 'Burgplein', the Burg Square. In the Justice Palace (Het Gerechtshof) visit the wonderful rooms... finally, it's possinle to visit Brugge by boat, throught its canals (When I was there the water was frozen so I must return!).
Wander the streets and soak in the atmosphere that is the epitome of romance. If you catch Brugge on a day when it is not too crowded, it is hard to find a more beautiful city in Europe.
Fondest memory: If you go to the best cafes you will find very knowledgeable staff that can help you find that special beer you are looking for. One such place is the Brugs Beertje with barman Chris. He’d go into their immense cellar to find beers I was seeking and often come up with ones I hadn’t even thought of, sometimes not even on the menu. The place was always busy at night so I mostly went early afternoon to get a seat. Besides I had over 100 beers I wanted to try! One evening I found myself there at closing when Chris asked if I wanted to stay with some staff who would have their end of night drink. How could I refuse a lock-in? And what a place to be locked into! We were there for hours and though I was lost some of the time as they spoke in Flemish, they were nice enough to keep me up with what they were saying occasionally and if I spoke up, all answered in English. It is one more amazing thing about Belgians, their great facility with languages. I guess when your mother tongue is an esoteric one; you learn other languages at a young age. Chris spoke Flemish of course, English impeccably well, French (though hated it) and even German. The night wore on and I asked to leave at around four in the morning, they were obviously going to be up all night. I stumbled home through the thoroughly confusing and winding streets of Brugge, only too sad that the frites stands were no longer open, but smiling nonetheless at my good fortune in making new friends and being locked into perhaps the finest beer café in Belgium.
Favorite thing: Latter term is the more accurate one. The minnewater serve as a kind of communal basin, that is the "communal water".
Favorite thing: There are so many beautiful things to see in Bruges, just stroll along the canals and narrow streets with beautiful houses and enjoy.
Favorite thing: just wander around, put your map away! It's a pretty small town, so you won't get very lost.
Favorite thing: One of the many bridge spanning the canals. Some have house built upon them. A river trip will take you under many of these bridges. Many of the bridges are built in the classical arch.
Favorite thing: When we walked across this Bridge we saw an artist painting one of the buildings an I so wanted to go back and see more of his stuff, but we never did :-(