About the only danger for a female will be gazing at all the gorgeous men and tripping on the cobblestone streets (no joke - I couldn't believe how hot the guys are in Belgium overall). Also a severe danger... eating Galler chocolates, oh and waffles!!! Sinful. The best, truly the best, waffles with powdered sugar I've ever had in my life. At Galler, don't miss the 75% dark ganache. To die for! And no, it wasn't just the ambiance. :) Oh another danger might be Bush beer at 12% alcohol. If you've been to America, you know that there is no such thing in existance. My recommendation...?...don't drink Bush beer while man-watching or you might fall down in the cobblestone street. And that would just be embarrassing for an American. :)
Bruges is the kind of place you might fall in love with and never feel like leaving. That was how I felt when I was here. Though I was alone here, I never felt lonely. There were so many folks here who were very warm and forthcoming to this solo Asian traveller. Yes, everyone here ( locals and tourists alike ) came up to talk to me whenever I started using my digi cam on a tripod. Just take note though, I am a Chinese Singaporean, not a Japanese as these jokers presume.
"Arigato, you Japanese?" ( Locals, chocolatiers, museum workers, etc)
"You go girl! Great picture. Do you want me to take one for you?" ( Tourist , European/American )
" Hello there, fellow countryman! That is a superior camera you're using from our country. It's no wonder it can do whatever you want it to do" ( Tourist, Nationality? Make a guess....)
These conversations usually extend to about 15 min or so and by the time I finish talking, I forgot what I intended to do in the first place. You know, it's funny how people assume you are a professional photographer just because of a tripod. Hell, I had to use one. How else can I take pictures of myself???
The city provides such a beauty of medieval architecture and winding streets, the big Grote Markt and the Canals. Everything is really miriffic. Safety is not an issue to bother you. Maybe there were crime and police officers, but I did not notice anyhing else that pure relaxation. I could easily adapt living in Brugge :)
Women can wander anywhere in Bruges and Ghent without being subjected to sexual harrassment.
Three -digit emergency telephone numbers listed below are valid throughout Belgium
Fire brigade/ambulance 100
You might miss the train back to Brussels as you linger to the last minute in this beautiful place...
Be very careful in Brugge. The place is so beautiful you may find that you are unable to leave, or you may end up coming back so often, you never see the rest of the world :-)
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