"With Renoir canals, pointy gilded architecture, time-tunnel art,
and stay-awhile cafes, Bruges
(Brugge) is a heavyweight sightseeing destination
as well as a joy. Where else can you ride a bike along a canal, munch mussels,
wash them down with the world's best beer, savor heavenly chocolate, and see
Flemish Primitives and a Michaelangelo, all within 300 meters of a bell tower
that rings out "Don't worry, be happy" jingles every 15 minutes? And
there's no language barrier." From Rick Steves' France, Belgium &
the Netherlands 2002.
we left the Bruges train station to start our walk in town we were greeted by
this unusual and beautiful spray of flowers.
is the Provincial Government Palace at the Grote Market Square. The square is
the center of the city and includes architecture from six centuries.
bell tower has watched over the square since 1300. You can walk to the top if
you want to try the 366 steps. There are 47 bells in the tower.
all of the canals, Bruges has become known as the Venice of the north.
had a nice carriage ride around the town. The guide brought her little friend
and Child by Michelangelo is said to be the only statute of his to leave
Italy during his lifetime.