Bruges, the capital of West Flanders and a picturesque city of Old Flanders in northwest Belgium, is distinguished by its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings. Its port, Zeebrugge, is an important center for fishing and European trade. In the city center’s Burg square, the 14th-century Stadhuis (City Hall) has an ornate carved ceiling. Nearby, Markt square features a 13th-century belfry with a 47-bell carillon and 83m tower with panoramic views.

🙂 Chocolate! Postcard picture perfect.

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THREE things we did not know about Bruges:

  1. Bruges crafts some of the most luxurious lace in the world. Pop into one of the lace shops dotted around the city to buy a lace souvenir, or better yet visit the Lace Centre to learn more about the history of lace in Bruges.
  2. Bruges may be small, but it has over 80 bridges making it easy to navigate the city and get from one side of the canals to the other. Due to the sheer amount of canals and bridges, Bruges is known as ‘Venice of the North’. Pictured is the Bonifacius Bridge.
  3. Bruges is all about chocolate, which is apt considering the chocolate-box perfection of the town. The biggest problem you’ll have is deciding which chocolates to buy, when there are so many to choose from. Most places will let you sample before you buy, so you may want to skip breakfast, and lunch, and dinner on the day you tour the chocolate shops. Some of the better known chocolatiers are Dumon, The Chocolate Line, and The Old Chocolate House, none of which are cheap but which are well worth visiting. If all the sampling piques your appetite to know more about the chocolate-making process, head to Choco Story – The Chocolate Museum, where you can find out all about where chocolate comes from, and watch it being made.

Such a pretty place – as the photos will confirm!

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