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Medieval Brugge

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A May 2005 trip to Bruges by wanderer 2005

Sofitel Brugge Photo, Bruges, Belgium More Photos
Quote: I simply love this city. It has so much history, and of course, the Moules are not to be missed! Take a horse and carriage ride through the city and learn things you never thought possible.

Sofitel Brugge

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Hotel

Sofitel Brugge Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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The Sofitel in Brugge, Belgium, is one of my favorite hotels. (It helps that the city of Brugge is one of my favorite places.) It's small and quaint and has lots of local flavor. It has 149 rooms, and the property is a renovated 17th-century monastery. There's an indoor pool, fitness center with machines and a turkish steam bath. The steam bath costs about 5 euros for 15 minutes, which I think is really odd. You'd think at a hotel as nice as that one, the steam bath would be complimentary. My last room overlooked the courtyard and the indoor pool. I love that there are period tapestries hanging over the beds, with scenes of knights and horses. It gives the room so much feeling. T...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 1, 2005

Sofitel Brugge
Boeveriestraat 2
Bruges, Belgium
+32 (50) 449711

Ter Boeverie

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Restaurant

Ter Boeverie Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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White tablecloths, soft lighting, and candles on every table make for a truly romantic dinner any time of the year. Ter Boeverie is the restaurant at The Sofitel Hotel Brugge, one of my favorite places to stay. This hotel is a renovated 17th-century monastery that reflects the typical charm of this medieval city. This classic restaurant is where the breakfast buffet is served every morning, but the real joy is dinner. They serve classic Flemish dishes and international cuisine. Their prix-fix menu is a great deal because it includes wine and they leave the bottle on the table so you can help yourself (and stumble back to your hotel room more easily). Our dinner this particular May even...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 9, 2005

Ter Boeverie
Boeveriestraat 2
Bruges, Belgium
+32 50 449711

Cafe Francais

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Restaurant

Cafe Francais Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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I don’t normally eat at places right in the heart of the ‘touristy’ areas, but the place I wanted to eat at was closed for some reason, this Tuesday night. With more than a dozen places in the market square, we had our choice of many different restaurants with different price ranges. The main theme was, of course, mussels and frites. We settled on Café Francais. It’s right in the heart of the square, recognized by its small marquis on the building, right next to Café Belfort and directly across the square from the Belfry Tower. I love European restaurants that offer a prix-fixe menu. They’re usually a great deal, and you get to try things you normally wouldn’t try. They broaden your horizons, s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 10, 2005

Cafe Francais
Markt 24 8000
Bruges, Belgium
+32 (050) 333878

Horse-Drawn Carriages

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Attraction

Horse-Drawn Carriages Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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Take a break from all that walking and take a peaceful horse and carriage ride through Brugge, complete with a short history lesson on the city. In the heart of Grote Market, carriages are lined up for you're pleasure. The ride lasts about 35 minutes and covers side streets, residences, and the main attractions. All carriage drivers speak at LEAST four languages, so communication shouldn't be a problem. The ride cost 30€ for the two of us and was a great way to see the city and get a waffle for a snack on our break. The ride takes a 5-minute break halfway through so the horse can eat, and there's a great waffle place right down the way from where you stop. We had a strawberry one and a chocolate...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 1, 2005

Horse-Drawn Carriages
Grote Market Square
Bruges, Belgium

Basilica of the Holy Blood

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Attraction

Basilica of the Holy Blood Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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Basilica of the Holy Blood is a one-of-a-kind chapel. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Yes, legend says that Christ’s blood is in a vial inside this tiny church. The Basilica of the Holy Blood is a small church that rivals Notre Dame and Sacre Couer in Paris. The church is actually a double chapel. It was first constructed in the 12th century and promoted to the rank of basilica in 1923. The original facade was constructed in late Gothic and Renaissance styles in the 16th century. It was demolished in the aftermath of the French Revolution and later rebuilt. The lower part of the chapel is called the Basilius chapel. It has preserved its original Romanesque style from the 12th to...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 17, 2005

Basilica of the Holy Blood
Burg
Bruges, Belgium

The Markt (Market Square)

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The Markt (Market Square) Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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The huge statue in the center of Grote Markt is that of Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck, who were the two leaders of the "Battle of the Golden Spurs" in 1302. The battle defended the Flemish movement that fought for recognition of the Dutch language and Flemish culture in the French-language-dominated Belgium of the 19th century. This was one of the most important battles of that time. The victory of infantrymen over mounted forces of knights was a shock to military thought of that period. Today, the official languages of Belgium are Flemish and French. Without the battle, the language would only be French. The Belgians wanted to keep the right to speak their native tongue. There are a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 18, 2005

The Markt (Market Square)
City Center
Bruges, Belgium 8000

Intercity trains

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Train Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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The intercity trains we took between Amsterdam and Brugge and then Brugge to Brussels were really nice, smooth, and comfortable rides. As with premier trains, these trains have first and second class. I had a railpass, so I don’t know the cost difference between the two. On Premier trains like the Thalys, meals are served by an attendant, much like on an airplane. Not so on these regional trains. A steward did come by with a drink cart, soft drinks, juice, and coffee, but no food. We were in first class, so I’m not sure if there was a bar/snack car. On the 3-hour ride from Amsterdam to Brugge, we had to change trains in Antwerp. Changing trains was effortless, and the platforms/tracks were well...Read More
Frites Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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Frites, frites, and more frites: I can’t get enough of them. You can find a frites (fries) stand on almost every corner of the city, but this is my favorite place to get them. It’s right outside the Belfry tower, on the left-hand side. This vendor has 20 different sauces for the fries. My personal fave is plain old mayo and onions. I SWEAR that they taste like a Mickey D’s burger without the meat. SWEAR! He also has other sauces, like curry ketchup, fish sauce, pickles, tartar sauce, and some other strange concoctions. The fries range from 1,50€ for a small, plain order, and each topping is 0.50€ more. There are several sizes, and they also have HUGE orders to share amongst three or four peopl...Read More