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Bruges From the Eyes of a Solo Traveller

At first glance, the whole of Bruges appears to be a Flemish Disneyland. It's full of kitschy but beautiful European scenary, horse carriages that go clippity-clop on its cobblestone streets and irritating tourists who read maps in the middle of nowhere. Initially, I thought I've made a bad choice to come here. Afterall, I had taken a couple days off alone to recuperate from my role as a corporate wife. You know...endless rounds of corporate dinners and silly banter with the sorta folks I wouldn't be caught dead with, esp without Prozac.
Anyway, I was damm glad to be wrong . Bruges proved to be a great place to escape to. It has great beer, chocolates and amazing Flemish art . What more could an escapee ask for ? I stayed for two whole days and took my time to absorb the sights, sounds and smells of this little medieval town. And yes, I drank all the beer I wanted like a pirate , ate all the fantastic dark chocolate like a true addict and absorbed all the lovely art till my eyes popped before returning to Paris. Lurverly...

Bruges in the Twilight

The "real" Bruges, I discovered is found only at night . It is especially lovely and serene when most of the tourists have gone home! Suddenly this place becomes the medieval little place it is meant to be, all stillness and stone houses lit with twinkly lights by the canals, all for you...

Up on the Roof - Bruges Skyline

Well, since I'm not a bat, I couldn't keep retreating indoors when the light was out. So I did the next best thing, I climbed towers and buildings to get away from it all! Of course, in between climbing, I sang Carole King's song in a loud and lusty fashion...

When this old world starts a getting me down
And people are just too much for me to face
I'll climb way up to the top of the stairs
And all my cares just drift right into space

On the roof, it's peaceful as can be
And there the world below don’t bother me, no, no

So when I come home feeling tired and beat
I'll go up where the air is fresh and sweet
I'll get far away from the hustling crowd
And all the rat-race noise down in the street

On the roof, that's the only place I know
Look at the city, baby
Where you just have to wish to make it so
Let's go up on the roof.......

I don't normally sing while climbing towers so I'm quite sure the beer got to me. Their home brew, Straffe Hendrike, is sure strong...

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beer, Chocolates, Art, Beer, Chocolates, Art, Beer, Chocolates, Beer, Art, Chocolates
  • Cons:Kitschy Tourist Scenary
  • In a nutshell:More than just Canals
  • Last visit to Brugge: Sep 2004
  • Intro Updated Dec 26, 2005
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  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Feb 14, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    I hope to re visit Bruges soon.

    Ciao!

  • Dec 23, 2009 at 5:16 AM

    The current price is 35 Euros for 35 minutes. It is very easy for someone who doesnt know how we work our horses to judge that the price is too high. Know that all companies have 4 to 6 horses per carriage.

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Jan 5, 2008 at 3:04 AM

    Ah beautiful Brugge!Hi and XinNianKuaiLe! but mostly ShangRiKuaiLe - sorry belated wishes but nice to celebrate the two together!Hope it was a nice time with yr great food and yr loved ones!(hows that fat cat!)

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2007 at 2:06 PM

    Interesting and enthusiastic tips. Thank you for sharing.

  • Rachael71's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2007 at 12:20 PM

    I think you earned your glass of "Strong Henry" after climbing the 366 steps of the tower! Really nice pages, thank you :-)

  • diageva's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2007 at 2:04 AM

    Top of Brugge Page's?. of course, this page is wonderful. I love to read pages like this one, with own experiences in each tip. The others pages you have are like this? Then you must be top in each of them. Congratulations

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2006 at 3:58 PM

    Enchanting little town. This is moving up fast on my wish list.

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2006 at 8:40 AM

    Hi - You made a great report on Brugges - But Ghent is better LOL Greetz from Ghent, the beauty

  • spgood301's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2006 at 1:59 PM

    Beer, art, chocolate, beer...great writeup of a place I must visit someday.

  • Docu2001's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2006 at 3:14 AM

    Wonderful tips!

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