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Bustling Bruges

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A September 2001 trip to Bruges by Irene

Lunch on the Markt Photo, Bruges, Belgium More Photos
Quote: Located 55 miles northeast and 1 hour train ride from Brussels, medival Bruges rumbles with horse drawn carriages, spify quaint canal boats, an active fish market and historic gothic halls and cathedrals.

Bustling Bruges

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Overview

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Start with a meal of mussels in the Market, later a picnic in the park along the ring canal, a hike up the lofy Belfry Tower to admire the city roof tops, carefully taste the raw herring and onion at the daily fish market, putter away an hour or two on the canals in a cozy boat, and stretch your legs on a stroll amid the many tiny alleyways while shopping for lace. Do not forget the historic city center with the Basilica of the Holy Blood and the Gothic City hall surrounded by the stair stepped gables of historic homes and shops. Quick Tips: A really important tip - Everyone rides bikes, especially at rush hour and when school is dismissed. Please walk to the inside on the sidewalk close to ...Read More

Gastenhuis Het Wit Beertje

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Hotel

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Hop on bus #5 at the train station, hand the driver your written adress, let his son tell him where your stop is and get off at the corner of Beerstraat, walk down four doors and ring the bell at #4. Jean-Pierre Defour will answer the bell and will be your host for your stay. A pleasant gentleman with an eager desire to please. As we trudled down the stairs from the foyer to the sitting room we realized this was a residential house turned Bed and Breakfast. As are most houses here, reminding us of the closeness of Belgium and The Netherlands, this one went straight up, only two rooms to floor and the lot went straight back only as wide as the house. Our room on the second floor, no lift, was sn...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 6, 2002

Gastenhuis Het Wit Beertje
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Bruges, Belgium
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Markets and Brides

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Attraction

Markets and Brides Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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Run! Do Not Walk! Do not sleep! on Saturday morning in Bruges, for the market is open on the ''tZand and the nearby Beursplein from 7AM-1PM. After entering the ring of the city by way of the Smedenpoort, (remember it is one of the old city gates), on the Noordzandstraat, hop over the canals and there on the right the ''tZand, spreading like an American Fall Fair, with a lot more Flair. First you see the cafes and restaurants to the right facing the square right off the canal, and observer all with menus chalked on small framed blackboards, MUSSELS, A-framed doubled sided menus quoting the expanded daily menu with all the hopeful owners beconning from doorways hoping to intice the customers to ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 30, 2002

Markets and Brides
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Bruges, Belgium

Experience the Bustle

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Lunch on the Markt Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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Only a fifteen minute easterly stroll from our B&B by way of the Smedenport, one of four remaining fortified city gates still guarding the city, and straight on Steenstraat we were welcomed to the central Markt by the statue of the Belgium heroes, Jan Breydel and Pieter de Conink and the lofty Belfort bell tower. Sooooo! it is loaded with tourists, however Bruges is the best preserved city in Europe, having missed the bombs of both world wars. See it anyway, best by foot. I liked it and then I loved it. Mussels, bicycles, flowers, bright umbrellas, red brick gothic buildings with stair step facades, a medieval Disneyland. The mighty Belfort, 88 meters high (300 ft.) is open for climbing and you are r...Read More

Belgium has Beaches

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Beach at Nieuwpoort Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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Did you know Belgium has Beaches? Yea, 70 kilometers of them, wide, wild, sometimes deserted and also with ugly stands of condo and apartments in a few places. We were only trying to go 15k from Bruges to the coast town of Oostend, when we got lost, with a little French direction from Jean-Pierre. After visiting the village of Versanne twice and discovering a short cut to a farmers pasture we decided to ask directions from the first person on a bicycle and finally slapped into the dunes at Westende. Crossing over the small supply of dunes and the tram tracks we parked on the main coast highway (N34) and wondered where the ocean was?? Slick sheets of grey sands stretched as far as the sky, intersp...Read More