Lille, Champagne & Brugge (Part 3)

Trip Start Feb 12, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, March 2, 2008

The next morning we headed north about 9:45 and before 11am we were parked and wandering through the farmers market in the square on the edge of the Brugge (also Bruges) historic city centre.

Brugge was originally set up as an outpost by Julius Caesar and throughout the years swapped hands between the Vikings, English, Danes, Dutch & French. Today it remains a magnificent representation of medieval Europe and has well-earned its distinction as a UNSECO World Heritage Site.

While there are a number of museums and dozens of churches and historical attractions, we found the best activity was to stroll along the flowing canals ad down cobblestone streets among the incredibly well preserved row-houses dating back as far as the 15th century. After a couple of hours of wandering down lost alleyways and over old arched bridges, we finally stumbled upon what was likely the only restaurant in Brugge to offer a lunchtime "deal." Tamara had her first Belgian mussels & frites and I had what is now one of my all-time favorite beers: Brugse Zot.

Of course no trip to Belgium would be complete without including chocolate so we took a tour of the Chocolate Museum with inclusive Belgian chocolate making demonstration and samples. Then after careful research, we selected one Chocolatier and put together a box of chocolates for the road.

No doubt whereever our travels lead us, Brugge will remain one of our favorites. The little city certainly left a big impression.
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