Brugge is every bit as beautiful as everyone says it is..

Brugge Travel Blog

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Brugge is exactly like everyone says. It's picturesque, with every single corner you can imagine being a thing of beauty. Food here is mediocre though, and it's extremely, extremely touristy. It was far more crowded here than Paris was during our many excursions and people here are not as polite as in Paris. There's a "get out of my way" vibe as buses and horse drawn carriages compete for space on the overflowing streets.

But there is one reason to go here - the CHOCOLATES ARE UNBELIEVABLE. I'm not even a big chocolate fan - I can take it or leave it. And I've had Lindt chocolates, Kinder - many of the European brands. I brought a couple of boxes home for my parents (they're about 18 Euro for a good sized box with 3 layers, or 12 Euro for a small one).
Center Square in Brugges
They didn't open it until about 3 days after I got home and then one day, I see the box open and the entire top layer is GONE. These chocolates are AMAZING. Buy lots. From any chocolatier available, they're ALL DELICIOUS. I bought some from Pralines and some from Madame something-or-other (their boxes are blue and white). I could eat two to three a day. I bought the "Assorted" box and all have filling and none of them have nuts. I bit into one that looked just like regular chocolate filling and when melted tasted like cherry cordial. I about died. It was so good.

Oh yes, back to Brugge.. beautiful waterways, quaint architecture, everyone on bikes, lots of GORGEOUS, STRONG horses proudly pulling carriages. More tourists than citizens though. But nobody says hello or smiles like in Paris.
a snippet from our 2008 trip to Paris
Bummer.

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April 2010:

Part of the fun of seeing old photos and digging through your harddrives (or shoeboxes, I suppose) is the treasure trove of things that you find. I was a total photo policewoman when we went to Paris, downloading everyone's photos onto my HD. I just bought a digital photo frame and was loading my favorite photos onto the ginormous 16GB memory card I bought for it and look at what I happened upon.. a video Ragnar had taken in Brugges. It doesn't show any of the city, but it does show a snippet of what a silly group we were, what great fun we had. And as you can see as I stick my head into the bag of cookies.. what delicious food this part of the world provides us all =)

I laughed so hard my throat hurts! Ah the memories.. particularly when you're traveling with Travbuddies!
poohstanggt says:
Can't wait to see your Brugge pics! It was incredible..one of my favorite places I visited the whole time I was there!!
Posted on: Jan 26, 2009
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Center Square in Brugges
Center Square in Brugges
a snippet from our 2008 trip to P…
Group shot - finally!
Group shot - finally!
Lunch in Brugges!
Lunch in Brugges!
Its the Brugges Calisthenics! And…
It's the Brugges Calisthenics! An…
and up!
and up!
Oh Irene!! =)
Oh Irene!! =)
Jumping shot! Tracy is SO GOOD at …
Jumping shot! Tracy is SO GOOD at…
one of the countless beautiful wat…
one of the countless beautiful wa…
The horses here are magnificent!
The horses here are magnificent!
Irene!
Irene!
Leading the way...
Leading the way...
Almost dawn..
Almost dawn..
Brugge
photo by: Chokk