Saturday, June 11, 2016

Brugge

Kat's birthday weekend away and a long awaited trip to Brugge.  Only two and a half hours of road to rubber time with of course a Eurotunnel journey in between, it's a mystery as to why this trip hadn't been made sooner.

Brugge is a truly stunning city.  Despite the indifferent weather conditions, the city was a buzz of locals and tourists dining in the many restaurants and bars that line vibrant streets, having been satisfied with a visit to any one of the striking historical buildings the city is renowned for.


The city's centrepiece is the 13th century Belfry of Bruges towering high over the market square.  The 272 feet tower offers great views over the city on all sides, and the collection of bells strike at fifteen minute intervals.  The metallurgical work to create the colossal bells and to then transport them up into the bell tower was an outstanding effort.




A real highlight on the Saturday evening was a recital of Queens Greatest Hits with the church bells and organ.

The city is a joy to wander round, but with the canal running through the heart of the city, boat excursions can be made to provide a different perspective to the city.



We had dinner at the charming Bistro Zwart Huis serving great food combining a suffused ambiance with a splendidly sophisticated service.  It was empty when we arrived and full to the rafters by the time we left.



Street-side musicians added to the atmosphere as groups of tourists ambled by, poking heads into quaint shops, or making the most of the many photo opportunities provided by this attractive city.


And of course it would have been rude not to have indulged in a waffle and a coffee.  They were hard to resist.


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