Walt Disney and Mickey in front, Cinderella's castle in back??? See the resemblance?
My, how I love this quaint little city! This place is the epitome of quaintness! Our travels from Paris have landed us in this Flemish town on
the northern end of the country, about 15 miles from the beach. Thus far, my entire experience can be summed
up into a few main ideas. However, the
contrasts have never been more prevalent from city to city as they are here in
Brugge. My visits to a brewery, pub, and lace-making center provided for plenty
of experiences to give me a grand idea of what this country is all about.
people are all about their food and drink.
French fries, mussels, waffles, chocolate, and beer, to name a few.
Clock tower in Bruges
Why these foods are so famous and so
delicious I’ll never know, but being recognized for them comes with a lot of
My brewery tour gave me insight
into how to make beer (it takes a lot of work!), but the most significant
finding was with the tour guide.
a drinking lady (one might call her an alcoholic in the states) and very well
educated in beer.
I understand her being
required for her job, but it seemed to me like she would give her life for the
survival of Belgian beer!
I was curious
as to how far the entire city would go.
She told me the city survived a bomb threat in an early war…no big deal,
The peculiar thing is that the
breweries received the same amount of attention and security as did the
Beer is sacred!
I tried to compare this bizarre plan of
action to anything in the states.
Reminds me of Disney World
Though, nothing compares.
ourselves before we try and salvage any precious buildings or monuments.
The best we can do is board up windows in the
threat of a hurricane.
I feel like
Belgians have a great sense of pride for their country and are willing to do
whatever it takes to save their most important buildings.
We have so many similar cities back home,
what’s one devastated?
is a landmark in itself.
famous towers, famous food…take those away and you’re taking the heart and soul
of every Belgian in the world.
not only evident in beer sales.
waffle stands were fixed to the city squares, standing nearly as strong as the
colossal Belfry tower next to it.
back in time and see those same types of people selling fries, asking me if I
want Americain, Frickandel, or Andolous sauce.
Fry stands....gotta love them!
This truly unique loyalty to food and drink opened my eyes into what Bruges
means to Europeans
and people everywhere.
We may never take
anything more than a great restaurant, but these natives show only compassion
and dignity for it all.
of us went to the pubs our first night in Bruges
to watch the US play Italy and I
really wish you could’ve been there for it.
Of course, actually being in Germany’s stadium would’ve been
better, but this felt pretty close.
Main square by day
smaller square away from the Belfry
one can find a series of pubs and
restaurants full of locals and tourists combined.
Tonight, however, there was a fusion of
Americans, Italians, and local Belgians into one as sport drew everyone to this
I went with a few people to a
smaller pub (but big enough for a flatscreen TV) to watch the game, and was
heartily greeted by the bartender.
in the bar was there for the game.
went outside…and everyone in the square was either sitting or standing, but somewhere
their eyes were glued to a TV.
amazing for me!
It felt like an Olympic-type setting, with
your angry fans and ecstatic fans down the street, like we were, from the
This awesome experience
opened me up to a ‘behind-the-scenes’ realization, so to speak.
Mr. Bean car!
Everyone was concerned about the game, but
the Belgians didn’t seem to care that they aren’t even in the World Cup.
Instead, they happily catered to us and our
This led me to think of Bruges
as the ultimate
city of accommodation.
pleasing to the eye, prices are very reasonable, and the people are overly
Am I in Disney World?
The buildings of Belfry Square
make more sense when viewed
as if one is in an amusement park!
funny how such a unique experience can make me think of something so unusually
paralleled to my entire stay in Bruges
Bruges must be
Wow....the Flemish know how to make disturbing lace!
I want you to, and the natives
want you to as well!
This city may be
small and not a huge tourist attraction, but this ‘Venice
of the north’ has been a nice break
from the bustle of the larger cities.
While you can find similarities in cities of the US
comparable in size, the uniqueness of Bruges
comes from being different
from anything I’ve known before, including these recently visited European
I simply haven’t done this city justice by the words I've written to describe it.