Sunday, 26 August 2012

Bruges, Belgium

Bruges is a quaint town around 15 minutes away from the port Zeebrugge. Its narrow streets and canal water ways have given rise to the name 'Venice of the North'. 

I have often found that the best way to see a canal city is from the water - this allows access to the backstreets and the perspective change is always exciting. We embarked on a water boat tour in celebration of my Fathers Birthday. I love tours of cities, having the opportunity to question locals about the history of their town and learning things you most likely wouldn't have discovered alone.

The belfry of Bruges (or the bell tower) had unparalleled views over Bruges and its surrounding suburbs. No matter where I travel, or what city I am in, I always find something to climb, I love the views you can see from such a height. But more importantly, it was a building that required a 366 step climb to concur. Following this victory, what better way is there to recover than with Belgian hot chocolate?
Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826):
“Those who have had the pleasure to consume chocolate, are in good health. They suffer far less from small ailments that interrupt one's happiness.”
I visited Bruges whilst on a cruise - this requires returning to the port town after travelling into the city. Whilst returning to Zeebrugge we happened across the yearly flower show - a carnival of floats delicately decorated with thousands of flowers - proudly paraded down the roads.

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