Tour to Gent and Bruge
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June 12th, 2007 – by: Horus380
I caught the nasty 48 bus to the main
center and then walked the 1 km to the
meeting point for my tour. The first
stop of the tour was at a town called
Gent. Gent is a very beautiful old town
with some buildings going back to 1100’s.
apart from walking around all the streets
and being told all the history of the
area, I stopped inside a church to see
a famous painting done by a local
artist. Art is not my thing so I don’t
remember many of the details about the
painting except for the fact that it had Adam and Eve on it and eve was shown
pregnant which is apparantly a very rare thing to show.
From gent we had another hour bus ride before we got to Brugge, it is often
referred to Venice of the north as it has canals running through the whole town.
It was about 1pm when we arrived there
so we all went straight to a restaurant,
its an interesting restaurant as the
menu is written in 6 languages. I chose
to have typical Flemish things and so
I ordered cheese croquettes and beef
stew. It was very tasty but the bill at
the end wasn’t so nice, for the 6 of us
at the table the bill came to 160 euros!
That’s just for a lunch with 1 drink
each. We continued on foot and explored
the town, it has some of begiums oldest
buildings including Europes oldest
hospital which was used from around
1200 right upto 1976.
Brugge is also famous as being one of the only places outside of Italy
to have a Michelangelo sculpture, the one in a church in bruge is of
Madonna holding a baby. Apparently a bishop commissioned Michelangelo
to do the work but then he became the Pope.
The pope had a falling out with
Michelangelo and refused to buy the
finished Madonna from him, needing
money Michelangelo ended up selling it
to a wealthy family who promptly
shipped it to Brugge. I didn’t really
think much of the statue myself
and found the stainglass inside the
church much prettier.
There are 12 horse and carts in Brugge
that ride people around town, not
really a fan of the horse (was
knocked out by one as a child) I went
on the canal cruise instead. On the
cruise you can see why its called Venice of he north as the canals go
everywhere and all have tiny low bridges over the top for people. Some
of these bridges are so low that the boat only just fits under. It was
a good way of seeing some of the sights from a different perspective.
Our last stop before returning to Brussels was a typical Belgium chocolate shop.
It had a large range and was quite reasonable in price with 500g being 6 euros.
I like everyone else there bought loads of choccies and then we had the long bus
ride back into Brussels. We arrived in Brussels at around 7:30pm and then I had
to walk to the bus stop, I really hate buses and it took forever to arrive
(this is why i fly everywhere). I eventually got back to my hotel at 9pm and
definitely had enough for one day.
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