Saturday, November 1, 2014

BELGIUM: BRUGES


We were lucky and this day was sunny again. At 9 am we took the train and at 10 am we were already in Bruges. Unlike Ghent, the old town of Bruges is closer to the train station (15min) and on the road there are nice places to visit. We enjoyed a lot strolling along canals and among trees with golden leaves. We discovered the park and lake Minnewater and a street full of chocolate shops. This walk ended beside the Church of Our Lady and the Hospital of Saint John.


Canal in Bruges
The first canal we saw in Bruges shortly after leaving the train station


As Ghent, Bruges is a really charming city with many memories of its medieval past. We enjoyed taking pictures in Minnewater park with the golden leaves of the trees in the background, walking through lively squares, along the canals and cobbled streets, sitting down in quiet corners beside the canals, stopping on bridges watching the tourist boats passing and admiring the Burg and Markt squares. Unlike Ghent I enjoyed the beautiful natural surroundings of Bruges, as much as the city itself, or even more.

From there, these are the places we visited:

  • Canals of Bruges
  • Minnewater Park and Swan Lake
  • Chocolateries
  • Hospital of Saint John
  • Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk (Church of our Lady)
  • Gruuthuse Palace
  • The most beautiful place in Bruges
  • RozenHoedKaai in Bruges
  • The most photographied place in Bruges
  • Burg Square
  • Markt Square
  • Belfort Tower


Canals of Bruges




Canal in Bruges
A canal among trees near the train station of Bruges. I really liked the promenade beside this canal under the trees


Minnewater park in Bruges



Minnewater Park in Bruges
Golden leaves of a tree in Minnewater Park in Bruges



Minnewater Park in Bruges
Walking through Minnewater park in Bruges


Minnewater Park in Bruges
Swans in Minnewater park in Bruges



Canal in Bruges
Canal in Bruges from a bridge beside a entrance to the Begijnhof



Chocolateries



Chocolaterie in Bruges
Chocolates in the window of a chocolaterie of Katelijnestraat in Bruges


Saint John Hospital



Saint John Hospital in Bruges
Sint Janshospitaal, or Saint John Hospital, in Bruges


Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk in Bruges
Belfry of Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk (Church of our Lady) in Bruges


Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk



Church of our Lady in Bruges
Apse and belfry of Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk (Church of our Lady) in Bruges


Gruuthuse Palace in Bruges



Gruuthuse Palace in Bruges
The smallest gothic in the world can be seen on the facade of Gruuthuse Palace in Bruges



The most beautiful place in Bruges



The most beautiful place in Bruges
 Beside the apse of Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk and Gruuthuse Palace in Bruges there is a small park from which you can see this canal


The most beautiful place in Bruges
It's said that this place is the most beautiful place in Bruges. I think it's a romantic place



The most beautiful place in Bruges
Wooden house seen from the small park beside the apse of Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk 


RozenHoedKaai in Bruges



RozenHoedKaai in Bruges
On the right, the RozenHoedKaai in Bruges



Belfort in Bruges from RozenHoedKaai
Belfort tower in Bruges from RozenHoedKaai. It's said that this is the most photographied place in Bruges


Huidenvettersplein in Bruges



Huidenvettersplein in Bruges
Huidenvettersplein in Bruges


Huidenvettersplein in Bruges
Two lions hold up the coat of arms of the tanners on Huidenvettersplein in Bruges



Blinde Ezel-Straat in Bruges



Blinde Ezel-Straat in Bruges
On the left, Blinde Ezel-Straat leads to Burg square in Bruges


Belfort from Breidelstraat, a street which links Burg Square and Grote Markt


Burg square in Bruges



Burg square in Bruges
Stadhuis (city hall) of Bruges in Burg square


Grote Markt in Bruges



Grote Markt in Bruges
Grote Markt in Bruges



Grote Markt in Bruges
Colourful house on Grote Markt in Bruges


Grote Markt in Bruges
Belfort tower on Grote Markt square in Bruges


Belfort tower in Bruges
Belfort tower in Bruges from another point of view


Provincial Court of Bruges
Windows and flags on the facade of the Provincial Court of Bruges


Sint Amandstraat in Bruges
Sint Amandstraat from Grote Markt is a street with a lot of restaurants


At 3am we stopped to eat in a restaurant of Sint Amandstraat next to the Grote Markt. The menu: potage du jour and chicken.

Luckily we had visited all the places we had planned because after leaving the restaurant the day was cloudy. At 5 am we took the train back to Brussels. We bought something to dinner in a Carrefour supermarket and we had dinner quietly in our apartment: tomato and mozzarella salad, tajine of couscous and some fruit.


Besides Ghent, in Belgium we visited the following places too:




Finally, other countries and cities I have already visited are:

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