Bruges is beautiful! Touristy, but definitely worth it, so don’t miss it! I can’t imagine how many people would be there in the middle of summer – glad we visited during the “off-season”. It is located in the north-west of Belgium, about an hour-long train ride from Brussels. It’s in the Flemish region, where we realized the Flemish language is almost like a mix of German and Scandinavian. I don’t know how true that really is, but we managed to figure some things out – including speaking with a very nice 82-year-old woman who didn’t speak English.
Something that surprised me was the great shopping within this little medieval town, the likes of which you would find in a big city. We popped into a few stores to look around, but I think the best part of our day was spent wandering the streets, discovering the canals, and taking in the architecture. It was a windy, cold day, but I only remember that now looking at the pictures. Bruges is really just a stunning place to visit and I hope to be able to go back someday (but don’t we say that about everywhere we visit?).
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