Although it wasn’t on our original itinerary we decided we would visit Bruges – the capital of West Flanders in Belgium – to see this pretty (and pretty touristy) UNESCO-listed city of canals and cobblestones for ourselves.
Arriving on Ascension Day public holiday, the town was gearing up for the “Procession of the Holy Blood” parade and roads were blocked off. Navigation by car, and then on foot with barriers in place and crowds building proved challenging.
The Venice-like network of canals were of course the highlight.
But unfortunately we ran out of time to enjoy a canal ride.
Flemish stepped facades abounded – which are also referred to as Dutch Crow-stepped gables. A clever design – handy for chimney sweeps!
We found a shady spot to relax over lunch. (Waffle and beer for me!)
And although Bruges (also known as Brugge) was bustling with tourists it was surprisingly peaceful (though watch out for cyclists at every turn!)
How beautiful it must be at night.