Ireland

Ireland

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Brugge or Bruges

After 3 days of walking around Brussels
in the rain,
we decided to get out of town and travel North West
to the medieval town of Brugge,

where it rained. 

Brugge (which is spelled and pronounced various different ways) is located in the Flemish region of Belgium
where the language is predominately a Dutch dialect.

In Brussels, French is quite common,
so I had to leave my extensive french behind on this day trip to Brugge.
Just when I was getting my bonjour and merci down pat.



As usual, I'm lagging behind.





Brugge market square

The Brugge belfry
built in 1240.


A truck that serves waffles,
how great is that?

Brugge is sometimes called the 
Venice of the North 
because of it's extensive canal system.




Even if I had planned for weeks
a boat ride in the canals of Brugge,
I feel sure I would have cancelled on this rainy day.


If you have never been to Brugge but feel the name rings a bell
it may be because of a movie called "In Bruges" 
which was filmed in this beautiful little city.

I saw it before I visited,
but now I need to see it again.

6 comments:

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Damn, I doze off for a bit and you are trotting the globe. Great story, I wish my son would have the grades and motivation to go to Europe, I'd like that as an excuse to go.

I'm loving this series and nothing like a Chimay to make the worries of the day disappear. Hell, with enough of that, world peace might break out. I can't wait to see more.

Joey said...

These are such great pictures, Mark! GREAT! I especially love the top one of you and your wife!

Formerly known as Frau said...

Amazing pictures despite the rain you really captured it's beauty.

Marilyn said...

Brugge is on my list of places to see. Thanks for the tease. Nice photos.

beth said...

i am in photo heaven thanks to you and all of your gorgeous shots !!

i have to admit, i really like you "on land.".....LOL

damn rain :(

and the photo above with the brick wall on the left {to really capture depth}.....scrumptious !!!!

Jerral Miles said...

Fantastic city... good experience... wonderful photographs. I was in Brugge once, and your pictures gave me a second visit. Thanks, Mark