In bustling Bruges

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.

Parade Bruges

The Venice-like network of canals were of course the highlight.

Canal in Bruges

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!

Stepped facade Bruges

We found a shady spot to relax over lunch. (Waffle and beer for me!)

Lunch Bruges

And although Bruges (also known as Brugge) was bustling with tourists it was surprisingly peaceful (though watch out for cyclists at every turn!)

Quiet corner Bruges

How beautiful it must be at night.



About frenchfry36

South African by birth, British by right, Australian by oath, French by choice.
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4 Responses to In bustling Bruges

  1. Bruges is such a beautiful town (or is it a city?) 🙂 – I love the canals and the architecture. Carina

  2. I visited Bruges near to Christmas time, and it was absolutely stunning! Not at all overrun with tourists as I’ve seen it is at other times of the year. Saying that, I would like to brave the crowds and see it in summer too!

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