Travels in Belgium: Brugge (June 4-5, 2014)

Brugge Main Square

Attractions:

  • Historical Market Square
  • Lace Jewel shop
  • Basilica of the Holy Blood
  • Belfry overlooking the market square
  • Canal boat cruise
  • Church of Our Lady with Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child
  • Memling Museum at St. John’s Hospital and Apothecary (Sint-Janshospitaal and Apotheek)
  • Groeingemuseum and Arentshuis

The sounds of hooves pounding echo on the cobbled stones. From our sheltered carriage, we watch the passersby and the medieval buildings along the canals zip by. Our carriage rounds the bend and stops at Lover’s Lake. Swans and ducks mill around the area, herding their young and gliding along the canal’s murky waters. It is a romantic haven for those who enjoy watching people and nature in harmony.

Lake of Love

During our tour, we stayed two nights in Brugge (Flemish) or Bruges (French and English)—a picturesque town that once was an important cloth market in the 14th century until the economy went downhill in the 16th century. Today, it is a thriving historical center. During our first night, we went on a galloping ride through the town in a horse-drawn carriage towards Lover’s Lake, where we stopped for pictures. Continue reading