Bruges Journals

We shall strike a balance between culture and fun

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A December 2009 trip to Bruges by Red Mezz

Basilica of the Holy Blood Photo, Bruges, Belgium More Photos
Quote: Winter in Bruges seems to be an excellent time to visit with frosty streets less flooded by tourists you can wander at your leisure, soaking up history and medieval sights and when you're ready for something a bit more festive - you can begin the chocolate and beer extravaganza...

Culture...

Town Hall (Bruggemuseum Stadhuis)

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Attraction | "A cheap way to warm up and learn something, too..."

Town Hall (Bruggemuseum Stadhuis) Photo, Bruges, Belgium
Quote:
Bruges is a beautiful city - and in the stark chill of winter is welcomes you with warm chocolates and plentiful beer. I don't know if it is the city itself and it's slightly unique if still very classically European feel that made me want to learn more about it once I'd arrived, or if it was the simple fact that - unlike most places I travel to - I arrived in Belgium with little knowledge of what it had to offer or it's history. It was a strange sensation and one I found surprisingly pleasant. That which caught my interest as I walked wide-eyed around made itself apparent, and was equally welcoming in it's sharing of information. Museums abound in Bruges, and each is a little differen...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 19, 2010

Town Hall (Bruggemuseum Stadhuis)
Burg Square
Bruges, Flanders
050 44-87-11

Basilica of the Holy Blood

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Attraction | "Quiet and darkly beautiful..."

Basilica of the Holy Blood Photo, Bruges, Belgium
Quote:
A very cold day in Bruges found me walking up to the ornate entrance to the Basilica of the Holy Blood. The snow had been falling all morning and the Burg square (just a few minutes walk away from the main square and the tourist shops and chocolateries) and the enormous tree in it's centre were still dusted with snow, and the cyclist passing seemed too cold to imagine. I'd just arrived from Inverness and still I found the weather biting and harsh - and so after rubbing my hands together for a few minutes outside to capture at least a few photos of the incredibly ornate gilded building, I went inside. This was the first church I entered in Belgium, so I didn't yet know that I ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 8, 2010

Basilica of the Holy Blood
Burg
Bruges, Belgium

Church of our Lady

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Attraction | "Bright and golden and just as beautiful..."

Church of our Lady Photo, Bruges, Belgium
Quote:
The second church I visited in Bruges could hardly have been more different from the first (that being the Basilica of the Holy Blood) but I loved it with almost as much ardour as the first and for completely different reasons. Where the basilica was dark and Romanesque with strong Gothic structures and vibrant murals against low lit walls with the wonderful and almost foreboding awareness that the blood of Christ was kept just around the corner - the Church of our Lady is high vaulted grandeur and golden lit simplicity. The tower of the church climbs relentlessly into the skyline and you can see it's spire from around the city (it is, I believe the tallest structure in the city, and I ha...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 8, 2010

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

Fun...

De Halve Maan/Half Moon Brewery

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Attraction | "And now on to the fun..."

De Halve Maan/Half Moon Brewery Photo, Bruges, Belgium
Quote:
After two days in Bruges of walking, sight seeing and sampling lots and lots and lots of beer and chocolates - we decided to round off the trip with a visit to De Halve Maan (The Half Moon) Brewery. The sun was beginning to lower on our last afternoon there - the snow still on the ground glistening and golden as we walked over the bridge and watched the swans glide gracefully down the canal. We'd stopped in bars and restaurants, cafes and museums every time the weather got a bit too cold to sample or see whatever was on offer...but the idea of simply sitting for a while and reveling in the end of what had turned out to be a superb trip seemed the perfect way to round it all off. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 8, 2010

De Halve Maan/Half Moon Brewery
Walplein 26
Bruges, Belgium

Bierbrasserie Cambrinus

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Restaurant | "Home of the original 'king of beer'"

Bierbrasserie Cambrinus Photo, Bruges, Belgium
Quote:
To go to Bruges and not sample a hearty amount of the truly incredible beer there would be practically a sin. I wasn't even that much of a beer drinker before I arrived (I enjoyed it - but would hardly have called myself a connoisseur) but after just a couple of days in the city of sampling a really stunning array of beer flavours and styles I have to say that beer as a concept has gone up immeasurably in my estimation. I tried the beer in various settings (they have it on offer everywhere) I tried to order a different beer each time (there are over 800 to get through, after all) with dinner and in shops and cafes and even at the brewery. But for simply sitting in a Belgian bar and samp...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 8, 2010

Bierbrasserie Cambrinus
Philipstockstraat 19
Bruges, Flanders 8000
+32 50 34 63 42

Belgian beer...

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Belgian beer Photo, Bruges, Belgium
Quote:
Beer as something other than a cold drink to have while watching football is, I admit, something I've only come around to appreciate in recent years. Whilst I'm sure there are plenty of fine beers to be had in the US, my appreciation of the drink was all but nonexistent until I moved to Europe almost a decade ago and quickly became very fond of the British pint. Time in different places had made me more aware of the flavours and possibility of beer as a very interesting and varied drink, especially in New Zealand where their local beer (particularly in the South Island) really awoke in me a keen interest in the flavours and the different ways in which they could superbly accompany a meal...Read More

Sint Joris

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Restaurant | "Ok food, bad service"

Sint Joris Photo, Bruges, Belgium
Quote:
After a night on board ship coming from Britain to Belgium, I hadn't eaten much and was more than a little bit ready to tuck into some warm food when we arrived in Bruges. The walk from the bus to our hotel was a pleasant if icy one, and by the time we checked in and made our way back out into town lunch was sounding like a very good idea. I was really excited to start exploring - Bruges was already exceeding my expectations - I was giddy at all the snow (the first I had seen of the year) and in newly acquired gloves from the market, sweaters and hats we set out to see a bit of the town and look for something to eat. However it quickly became apparent that getting used to the ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 8, 2010

Sint Joris
Markt 29
Bruges, Flanders
+32 50 33 30 62