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... where we learnt quite a bit about the history of Bruges. Here are some fun facts: - Bruges used to be a huge harbour where merchants would trade and do business from all of the world. - the entry points for the boats dried up over time and ships started going to Antwerp instead - because of this, Bruges almost froze in time. There was no longer money to develop buildings and town planning hence why the city still has a medieval look about it After ...
... had began to queue for its tour boat, I grabbed some classic Belgian chips, plenty of sauce, a good portion of waffle, plenty of sauce, and continued on my merry way.
By now the night was fraught with a chilled air, light drizzle leaving every cobble glistening beneath my feet. After confusing my Maandag with my Vrijdag at Comptoir des Arts, my exertions had begun to take its toll, and I retired for the night. Tomorrow I would don my tourist cap ...
... on the clock card every 4 hours )while I had 45 mins in the Salvador Dali exhibition - this is in Brugge for the summer and was an extensive display of his works, from early drawings through to his more notorious abstract distortion works. I felt like I was back in high school studying art. probably good that Paul had to miss it. Then it was onto the De Halve Brewery tour. We had a 50 minute wait so I was able to nick round the corner to the visiting Picasso ...
... wont find your self choosing a bad place to have a beer if you come here, (apart from 'the pub', its the English one which says it all).
The next day we woke up to no hangover, as the beers had no additives in them, and went out to see more of Brugge's sites.
Brugge is full of chocolate shops, and as easter is coming up, they all had really impressive Easter displays. The best chocolate shop to go to in my opinion is called ...
... then the Dutch Republic). I say this because much of the architecture in Brugge is from the late Medieval period when it was at the height of its trading wealth, while Amsterdam has many buildings from the 1600's when it was experiencing it's own Golden Age while Flanders declined.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay. Brugge is a stunning city with many late Medieval buildings, canals, and quaint squares.