Bruges

“It’s a fairytale town, isn’t it? How’s a fairytale town not somebody’s f******* thing? How can all those canals and bridges and cobbled streets and those churches, all that beautiful f****** fairytale stuff, how can that not be somebody’s f****** thing, eh?”

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Ralph Fiennes’ foul mouthed character Harry from the movie In Bruges sums it up exactly because I’m willing to bet there isn’t a single human being who couldn’t enjoy this town.

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A canal alongside one of the pedestrian only streets

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A church near the town centre

There’s quite a bit to see, you could climb the Belfry to get a good view of the city. Or visit the Bruges Beer Museum.

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The Belfry

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I may or may not have dozens of canal pictures..

My hostel offered a selection of beer tastings and I learned that this country is so serious about its beer that each brand has its own special kind of glass when ordered at a bar. How crazy is that!

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Only a small part of a window display for beer

After our tasting session some of my hostel group headed to ‘t Poatersgat which is an underground bar offering a wide range of what else, beers.

Basically a small hole in the wall leads to an immediate staircase which takes you to the dark and eclectic setting. Definitely worth checking out.

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The view from my hostel window

During the day however, in my normal fashion I chose to simply wander around and marvel at the ridiculous level of picture perfectness that is Bruges (or Brugge) rather than see a lot of churches or attractions.

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Taken on a street behind Burg Square

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One part of Burg Square

I would recommend starting at the central point of Burg Square. From here I discovered street markets on that day and after consulting my Use It map found a couple quirky vintage stores too that were close by.

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Burg Square

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A street corner with permanent religious display

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Love how Belgian roofs often end in a point 

Walking past canals lined with homes made of stone and covered in ivy, there were streets that gave way to windmills making that fairytale comparison even more accurate.

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A short stroll later offered up a beautiful greenery surrounding Minnewater Lake where white swans lazily swam.

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My eyes seriously had to take a while to comprehend so much amazingness.

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In between all of this I digested more Belgian fries smothered in spicy samurai sauce from street vendors than I frankly care to admit. It was true bliss!

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One of the two fry shops in Burg Square situated side by side

Let’s not forget about those famous  chocolates too…

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I did also have one delicious frozen yoghurt (not ice cream) so I’m not gonna count that one 🙂

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