Canals wind through the whimsical and medieval perserved Belgian city of Bruges.
Bruges at one point was the chief commercial city of the world.Bruges connected the lowlands to trade routes with Venice which resulted in great prosperity.
The downtown center retains many of its traditional Flemish medieval roofs.
Bruges is definitely known for its picturesque landscape.
Bruges in many ways is similar to Venice, Prague, and other cities modeled to look after their former glory.
One of the major downsides being LOTS OF TOURISTS.Climb the Bell Tower? Line. Go take a river cruise? Line.It’s not difficult to find where to eat, there’s a line for that.
Exploring this romantic city suddenly starts to feel like an unpleasant orgy of camera snaps, loud englishmen, and maps…lots of maps.
Maybe spending Easter in Bruges was a bad idea, but it was nice to stroll the streets of an old Flemish city…even with an obnoxious American family that wasn’t my own.
I also had one of the best meals since being in Europe. Though the pate may not look like much, it was easily the best pate I’ve ever had. I tried not to look crazy as I nearly licked the plate.The next meal was no different. I tried a typical Flemish stew called Waterzooi. Creamy, light, and really amazing. I definitely was surprised at how much better Flemish food is compared to Dutch cuisine. A little french influence goes a long way.The meal even concluded with a chocolate mousse that made me realize my entire life I’ve only had fluffed chocolate.
There also is an abundance of chocolate shops.With some of the best chocolate in the world.
It may house a subway next an incredibly old medieval monument, but that’s simply Bruges. Pull out your map, buy some chocolate, you’re a tourist, I’m a tourist, hey look how pretty that church is.