Belgium Journals

Caution - Belgium Will Sneak-up On You - Bruges

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An April 2005 trip to Belgium by flyingscot4

Manneken-Pis Photo, Brussels, Belgium More Photos
Quote: Belgium is frequently overlooked (except for Bruges and Brussels), and is worth so much more than a brief visit. I will do Journals on each or the Flemish cities: Bruges, Brussels, Antwerp, and Ghent starting with Bruges. Most of the photographs include locations.

Caution - Belgium Will Sneak-up On You - Bruges

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Manneken-Pis Photo, Brussels, Belgium
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Belgium may be a small country, but it is a very wealthy economic powerhouse that is all to often neglected by the tourism merchants. About the size of Maryland in the US, the country has two distinct sections: Flanders in the North and Wallonia in the South. Flanders is Flemish-speaking (very close to Dutch) while the language of Wallonia is French. Much of Belgium is also quite fluent in English as well as German and French, depending on the region. As part of the "Low Countries," (The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Northwest of France), much of the Flanders part of Belgium is just above sea level. The Wallonia area of Belgium is hilly in spots and mountainous in others, with some flat are...Read More

Bruges - Getting There

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Lonely Street Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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Bruges - Getting there and St. Christopher's BauhausBruges is a favorite city of mine. It is a photographer’s paradise and a wanderer’s paradise in just about any kind of weather. I fell in love with Belgium in general, and Bruges in particular in the early 1960's. Even with the millions of demanding and spoiled tourists, the citizens of this city have so much patience with all of us, tourists and travelers alike, it defies logic. At least it defies my logic. People that I meet in hostels talk about Bruges almost as much as they do about Amsterdam, which is always a huge favorite. The comments I hear most often are how beautiful Bruges is, and how friendly the people are. B...Read More

Bruges - In Photographs

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Unique Pattern Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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First, Bruges is one of the most picturesque cities in Europe. It has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site for a reason. Also, the entire old city of Bruges has been awarded the honor, not just a few buildings, and there are a multitude of reasons for that. To say that it is picturesque is an understatement. In Bruges you can look in any direction and find a postcard waiting for your camera. It is difficult to find a spot that is not photogenic. I kid you not. Bruges is so photogenic that I seldom know when to quit taking pictures. In two days and one night I took 800 photographs! Early mornings evenings are wonderful with long shadows, while the middle of the day is also good for amateurs...Read More

Bruges - At Night

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Bruges is a wonderful city at night. It is beautiful, romantic, stunning, tranquil, moody in the rain. It is an old city that will lower high blood pressure. It will make you sing and dance and even cry. Bruges will move you emotionally and will affect you in the most wonderful way. At least that was my experience. You don't need romantic restaurants or pubs. Those comforts are certainly there in abundance, but for those who cannot afford such luxuries, it doesn't matter.The city fathers of Bruges and local businesses have spent millions of euros in the design of the lighting of the city. It is very close to perfect and adds to the mood created by the lights of the shops and pubs. ...Read More
The Burg Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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Europe is blessed with the most amazing cathedrals, churches, and chapels, and nowhere in the world are there more beautiful churches than in Belgium. There are cities that have marvelous churches and abbeys, and while they may be close, for me, it's Belgium. Belgium has been a very wealthy country for hundreds of years and that financial wherewithal has allowed the construction and reconstruction of her religious institutions. The amazing art found in the houses of worship is due in part to the "deep pockets" of wealthy parishioners and church leaders. The Church, quite corrupt at times, was given art treasures and other valuables as well as plain, old, everyday cash for "Indulgences...Read More

Church of our Lady

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Attraction | "A Tale of Churches - Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk"

Church of our Lady Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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The "Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk " (Church of Our Lady) is on the canal and a short walk from the "Grote Markt" and the "Burg." There is a small bridge over the canal that leads to the back of the church. Built from the 13th to 15th century, the spire is 396 feet tall and is visible from miles away.Reaching the church via the above-mentioned bridge and coming in from the rear gives one the mistaken impression that the church is relatively new. While it has been renovated throughout its' history, and has a number of different styles, basically it is a Gothic building. Unlike the "Basilica of the Holy Blood," the "Church of Our Lady (which I have misidentified as the "Cathedral of ...Read More

Church of our Lady
Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerkhof Zuid
Bruges, Belgium
050/34-53-14

St. Walburga's Church (Sint-Walburgakerk)

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Hotel | "A Tale of Churches - Sint-Walburgakerk"

St. Walburga's Church (Sint-Walburgakerk) Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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Sint-Walburgakerk (St Walburga's Church) was kind of an accidental discovery for me. My Hostel is located on Langstraat and I was going to to the Main Market with the Belforte tower as my guide. I was told to keep turning right and I would run right into the market. I thought that I knew where I was going, but obviously, I didn't. I guess that I turned right once too often. To be honest, I am lost a good bit of the time when I travel. I am good at getting lost and indeed, thrive on the things that I find by accident. People who sometimes accompany me on trips (more and more infrequently, it seems) complain that I spend so much time trying to figure out where I am that I miss a lot of the things...Read More

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St. Walburga's Church (Sint-Walburgakerk)

Sint-Maartensplein, Brugge

A Letter to Bruges

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Bridge over the Canal Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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To: The City of Bruges and Her Citizens, Thank you for your city, and for your willingness to share Bruges with the world. You somehow cause a phenomenon which I have personally not seen in many places, and I feel compelled to tell you about it. Quite simply, it is that I have never seen more well-behaved tourists than I have encountered in your city. The tourists in Bruges are more polite than I have seen in any other country in Europe. Everyone seems to be on their best behavior. Visitors to Bruges really seem to appreciate the beauty of your city, but more than that, they appreciate the tranquility and the leisurely pace of living. They move slowly from one lovely setting to anoth...Read More