The entrance to where we were staying
Naughty chocolate shop
The Grote Markt, it’s like Christmas village all year round
Saint Salvator Cathedral
That’s not a photoshop filter, that’s the actual sky. Foul weather.
Passage: A nice restaurant with lots of atmosphere
The Town Hall, one of the most beautiful buildings
At ‘t Brugs Beertje, an old pub with hundreds of beers. Belgian beer is the best in the world (along with Guinness, but that’s just my opinion)
Even if it is raining, you HAVE to take the boat ride in the canals. You see things you aren’t able to see on foot.
De Proeverie, I loved, loved, loved this tea room with the most amazing chocolate
Our Lady’s Church with the Madonna by Michelangelo
If you have heard anything about Bruges, you will have heard that it is like a fairytale. And it is. Then, there’s the weather that brings you down to earth a bit, but even the rain and the wind look better there. But does it have a soul? I only stayed for 3 days, so I can’t answer that. I think the Belgian soul is a complicated thing. Or maybe it is so simple that I don’t understand it. But I had trouble connecting with the Belgian, even in shops, when they joked, I couldn’t tell if they were laughing with me or at me. I read that they are very private and that they generally like peace and quiet. This is strange for a Mediterranean person. For us, peace and quiet is what you do when you die. So it was nice to be able to sit still for a while. But that also means that you have to find other ways to connect.
Going to Bruges was a dream of mine, for many years. It’s not that far, but somehow, it never happened. And in August, when I was there, there were so many (other) tourists, lots of rain and wind and 13 Celsius degrees, so we had to buy clothes and shoes to be able to walk around. I liked it very much but I didn’t love it, like I love other, maybe less beautiful places. That said, I think I am going to visit again in better weather. And there’s the chocolate. Ah, the chocolate.
Tomorrow: Photos from Paris