A Nice Small Town
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I started out the day, with a walk to Market Square. I could hear the church bells ringing, giving that old town feel. Once at the square, I looked for a place to grab something to eat. I stopped by a cafe, to try the Dream Waffle, which was 2 scoops of ice cream and syrup on the waffle. While I did enjoy eating it, but did not like the fact that it cost 11 euros. I did not feel so good, spending that much money, just like that.
I started the tour at Market Square, and looked around. The architecture of the buildings does feel like I am stepping back in time. Afterwards, I went to the bell tower, where I learned that 2 sides of the view are closed off. I passed on it at first, since I did not think it was worth the price of admission for partial views.
So I went to Burg Square, with more impressive architecture. I visited the Basilica of the Holy Blood, which has 2 chapels, located at the corner of the square.
I went to the City Hall, and learned about the museum pass. It sounded like a good deal, but the place did not accept credit card. But the bell tower did. I exited and went to some place to use a computer quickly. Then to the Belfry of Bruges, where I did buy the museum pass. And changed my mind, deciding to go to the top of the bell tower. More about it in the review here.
I climbed the stairs, which needless to say, was very tiring, and never seem to end. I did make some stops along the way, in spots where there were displays. I did make it to the top, and saw that 2 sides were indeed, closed off.
I went back down, which was not as hard. Then to Burg Square, and inside the Renaissance Hall. I picked up the audioguide and listened as I looked at the woodcarving statue above the fireplace, and the paintings of relatives around the room, among a few other things on the mantel. Photography was not allowed, but an interesting place to see.
Next, I went to the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and went downstairs, which had archaeological ruins of what used to be a fort. Then walked around town, crossing over a canal, then following it, as I was admiring the medieval appearance of the area. Like being in a theme park, except that this is the real thing. I did reach a spot, dubbed as the "postcard view" by a guidebook.
I went to the Groeninge Museum (review here), which has Flemish art from the 1400's. Then I went to the Memling Museum (review here), which has religious art by Flemish artists. After that, it was to the Church of Our Lady (review here), a huge church and very cold inside. More about these places in their individual reviews.
I went to the Begijnhof next. Getting there was a bit of a challenge, as not all streets have signs, and some change along the way without warning. I did find it, which was like the one in Amsterdam, where women lived, who devoted their lives to God without taking vows that nuns would.
I went back to the hostel, and saw that it was empty. I was the only person there at the time, and had one of the rooms to myself. I guess this time of year, it is only busy during the weekend. It did feel a little weird, but I'm not complaining. More about this hostel in the review here.
I went back out, as it got dark. I passed by some chocolate shops as they were closing up for the day. I browsed but did not buy anything. And I stopped by a cafe to try a Belgian waffle with chocolate syrup on it. Very good! After that, I did part of the walking tour backwards, at night. I walked along the canal, seeing the town in a different way. It did have its own charm, as the place was very quiet. So I did have the place to myself at some point, walking to Burg Square and Market Square.
I returned to the hostel, and relaxed the rest of the night.