The Pin Junkie: Bruges

Bruges

Bruges
 Bruges, Belgium

Just an hour away by train from where I'm staying in Brussels, Bruges is a perfectly preserved medieval town in northwest Belgium and a UNESCO world heritage site.  Bruges is sometimes referred to as the Venice of the North because of its canals.  The canals connect the city to the North Sea and trade routes.  These trade opportunities made Bruges a prosperous city in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries until the canals became filled with silt which made it difficult for ships to travel through.

Bruges, Belgium

The tower of the Church of Our Lady is the tallest structure in the city.

Bruges, Belgium

With its narrow cobblestone streets, bell towers, bridges and swans, Bruges looks like something right out of a fairy tale!

Bruges, Belgium

Bruges is certainly popular with tourists, but it's more than just a tourist destination.  It's still inhabited by about 20,000 people and many of the buildings now house modern day shops and hotels.

Bruges, Belgium

Bruges, Belgium

Bruges, Belgium

We took a boat tour through the canals which was a great way to view the city.  I was really surprised at how big the city is. 

Bruges, Belgium

So many of the doors and windows were decorated with pretty window boxes and I couldn't help taking pictures of a few of them.  There were flowers everywhere!

Bruges, Belgium Bruges, Belgium

Bruges, Belgium



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6 comments:

  1. Simply beautiful!! blessings, Catherine

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  2. Oh my! The photos are beautiful! I love this post and wish I could take a trip there. Thank you for sharing!
    ~ Robin @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations

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  3. Absolutely beautiful! I hope I can travel to Europe one day!

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    1. Its been on my bucket list for a long time too!

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  4. Stunning. Belgium is on my bucket list next time my husband has a business trip to his head office in Germany. I just love the architecture and cobblestone streets in Europe. Thanks for sharing your journey with us!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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    1. Belgium has been great! Brussels is certainly a big city, but has less hustle and bustle than Paris and certainly fewer tourists! I would definitely recommend Bruges. It is beautiful and you can stay all day and still not see everything. Several people have told me its nice to stay there in a hotel and enjoy it at night when the crowds have left.

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