Friday, 2 July 2010

Stop 11 : Bruges

I know I've done this journey few months ago now (yes, in April in fact!), somehow I forgotten about this trip and only yesterday to found out that I had not edit or share any of the pictures.

The city itself was pretty big, however not too big for you to walk around it in a few days time. We stayed here for 3 nights and even though it kind of cloudy we still have some bright sunny spells.

My husband reading his map.

The historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO. It is egg-shaped and about 430 hectares in size. You can go around Bruges by car, but there are so many road that has no 4 wheeler access, except on this of course...

So if you fancy a 18th journey around this historic city (and has a deep pocket), you can try to hire this for £65 and hour.

Even the "driver" dressed up so well that it probably going to justified the cost! While me, I am pretty happy just to take the pictures which cost absolutely nothing.

Around the city itself there is loads of canal and briges. Along with a few other canal-based northern cities, such as Amsterdam, it is sometimes referred to as "The Venice of the North". So, if you don't fancy driving and does not have a deep pocket, you can try canal-tour which only cost you £10 for 45 minute ride.

However there is loads of other interesting thing around the city besides briges and canals.

Well obviously you won't miss out the 18th century market place complete with arrays of old building surrounding it. Something that I will never see in UK everyday.

Many of Bruges medieval buildings are notable, including the Church of Our Lady, whose brick spire reaches 122.3 m (401.25 ft), making it one of the world's highest brick towers/buildings. The sculpture Madonna and Child, which can be seen in the transept, is believed to be Michelangelo's only sculpture to have left Italy within his lifetime.
Bruges' most famous landmark is its 13th-century belfry, housing a municipal carillon comprising 48 bells.

The magnificent Belfry tower

Apparently a toddler can touches its tip with just a help from his dad!
You can even spot a castle by the canal.

There is also church of the Holy Blood. Allegedly they claim they had in store the real blood of Jesus Christ! I wouldn't be that superstitious of course.

The Basilica of the Holy Blood (Dutch: Heilig-Bloedbasiliek, French: Basilique du Saint-Sang) is a Roman Catholic minor basilica in Bruges, Belgium. Originally built in the 12th century as the chapel of the residence of the Count of Flanders, the church houses a venerated relic of the Holy Blood allegedly collected by Joseph of Arimathea and brought from the Holy Land by Thierry of Alsace, Count of Flanders. Built between 1134 and 1157, it was promoted to minor basilica in 1923.

But of course, you should not miss the numerous pretty lace makers shop, christmas shop and fancy chocolatier.

The chocolate here are hand crafted and VERY expensive. But if you are like me, I will be happy to get free sample and take pictures of the rest!

And what can be better than eating warm belgian waffle with warm dark chocolate after a tiring day?

But let me tell you that when the evening comes, even Belgian chocolate will be less than much satisfying than looking upon the colour of the sky and the lights.

Below is the most photographered spot in Bruges. Not sure why is that so because other spots of the city are equally...spectacular.


uLi.佑莉 said...

Late better than none :) Nice photos :)

Snowcatcher said...

Wow! I feel like I've just taken a trip right at my computer! The candles are fantastic, but those reflection pictures... Holy cow! Those are incredible! Such wonderful saturation and composition!

Keep finding more pictures you haven't shared. I'm loving this!

Cath J said...


Stardust said...

Beautiful beautiful Bruges! Love your captures, especially the night mirrors! Your boy is so brave to walk that high ground, hee...

I bought so much things from Bruges but I can't recall where I kept them. Grr...

Ayie said...

hi jessica! i agree with what you noted...beautiful!

Liss said...

These are wonderful images. Wow, what pretty city.