Tour to Gent and Bruge

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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.
the famous painting

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.
Madonna

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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Awesome houses in Brussels
Awesome houses in Brussels
the famous painting
the famous painting
Madonna
Madonna
1 building, half built in Gothic a…
1 building, half built in Gothic …
17th Century house
17th Century house
old church in town center
old church in town center
horrible bus to brussels
horrible bus to brussels
i think this is a political buildi…
i think this is a political build…
old church behind newer buildings
old church behind newer buildings
so cool
so cool
tower of large church in Gent
tower of large church in Gent
my Choccies :)
my Choccies :)
the building with the Belgium flag…
the building with the Belgium fla…
daughter breast feeding her father…
daughter breast feeding her fathe…
designated dog crapper in Gent (i …
designated dog crapper in Gent (i…
:)
:)
nice street name
nice street name
in Gent
in Gent
:)
:)
at lunch
at lunch
cool stain glass
cool stain glass
cool canal
cool canal
Europes oldest hospital, built in…
Europe's oldest hospital, built i…
low bridge
low bridge
me on the canal boat
me on the canal boat
thats not grass :P
thats not grass :P
the little canal boat i went on
the little canal boat i went on
view from the boat
view from the boat
main square
main square
in Brugge
in Brugge
my second kind of Kriek
my second kind of Kriek
now in brugge
now in brugge
mmm cheese Croquettes
mmm cheese Croquettes
scary art
scary art
youch the bill
youch the bill
Madonna description
Madonna description
entrance to the Madonna
entrance to the Madonna
Blood of Christ church alter
Blood of Christ church alter
covered in gold for some reason, b…
covered in gold for some reason, …
cool market in Brugge
cool market in Brugge
me infront of cool house
me infront of cool house
Brugge
photo by: Chokk