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Arrondissement of Bruges

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  • Day490

    Brugge & the Gent-Brugge Kannal

    October 29, 2017 in Belgium

    It was 'City Sunday' and our destination was Brugge. We'd been told it was a little like a museum but hadn't done too much research, preferring to embrace the feelings of exploration and discovery. Setting off promptly, it took a while to drive through the spread out suburbs, past parks and war memorials. Roads and pavements became increasingly crowded but we were lucky to find an easily accessible spot of on-street parking, within walking distance of the centre. Putting our ticket in the window we strolled along the streets, the tarmac soon giving way to cobbles. Colourful two storey dwellings with flowers in their window boxes seemed more suited to a village than a major city, but the groups of people jostling along in front of and behind us swept the urban conurbation feel along with them.

    Reaching a canal, the heavily laden boats that ferried tourists along the waterways reminded us of the vaporetti in Venice. Running parallel to the channel was a flee market displaying a refreshingly original range of nik naks and antiques, from brasses to lace bobbins.

    Nearer the centre the quaint homes were replaced with tall stone town houses, galleries, craft beer bars and shops selling chocolate, lace or other souvenirs. Brugge is undoubtedly a well presented city; its olde worlde charm stretches over a far greater area than is the case with many other cities of its size. However, in focussing on its looks, we felt it had stiffled some of the character that comes from allowing locals to innovate and regenerate their patch to reflect the times. Even in late October it was clear that the tourists generated the atmosphere and the most income. They were therefore the people to whom Brugge city centre catered. Despite this, we enjoyed looking around for a few hours taking photos of the pretty alleyways and impressive stonework. We especially valued going in to a lace shop and talking to the assistant, a woman who was near to retirement and who had worked with lace all her life. She fascinated us with her explanations of the different types of bobbin work as well as hinting that her city had become somewhat of a living museum.

    Keeping our time in Brugge short but sweet, we returned to the countryside and rural canals, settling ourselves into an overnight spot on rough ground beside the wide Gent-Brugge Kannal, on the outskirts of a hamlet. Although the name of this waterway wasn't as amusing as Kanaal van Schipdonk, its channel was a lot busier. A number of huge Dutch barges passed by, some heavily laden with cargo and on a tight schedule, others whose only purpose was to transport the people who had made them their home.
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  • Day489

    Kanaal van Schipdonk

    October 28, 2017 in Belgium

    We said our goodbyes to Diderik and the animals at De Woudezel Farm and set out on the road again. We'd loved our time WWOOFing but tempted as we were to stay, there was now just over 3 weeks until we left Belgium and we wanted to get out and see more of the country!

    Being close to the sea, we headed in that direction, taking the coast road north. We knew we were nearing the beach because the average height of buildings rose until we were driving alongside a wall of high rise hotels and holiday apartment blocks. On the other side of these blocks was a wide stretch of yellow sand and blue grey waves blown up by a cold blustery wind. We attempted to park in several Nieuwpoort car parks but were prohibited by a sign specifically aimed at camper vans.

    The straight flat road ploughed through low sand dunes, passing towering tourist orientated war memorials at Westfront. More quick build blocks were being thrown up in an attempt to house greater numbers of holidaymakers in high season. Today only a few walkers, cyclists and fishers braved the decidedly inclement conditions, although the kitesurfers seemed to be enjoying themselves. We eventually found street parking between the dunes and the beach, wrapped up and wandered down to the waves before making a hasty retreat to the warmth of the van and lunch. As we shook off the chills, we discovered a Facebook photo of Will's brother Pete, in his swimming trunks on a sunny Santa Cruz beach, posted a few hours previously- what a contrast!

    Continuing north we saw the old tanks and cannons stationed at Oostende. Before coming to Belgium we'd made the decision that we didn't want to take part in war tourism. So many people's lives are being lost every day as a result of weapons sold and unessesary wars waged by the West. As a whole, we don't feel that remembrance of 'The Great War' is something that works towards the peace that would save the lives of those caught up in conflict now.

    From the sandstorms kicked up by seaside trams we migrated inland to canals that criss crossed farm fields. Squeezing over a couple of narrow bridges spanning two channels, we drove a little way down a tunnel of mature trees that lined the dead end road adjacent to Kanaal van Schipdonk (what a great name!). Where our road ended, a track for cyclists, runners, walkers and even late night horseriders began. We enjoyed watching them go by, but after the hard work on the farm, we relished being able to relax and do nothing in the van.
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  • Day13

    Brugge: Beer, waffles and chocolate!

    September 15, 2016 in Belgium

    What more could anyone want from a city that has the best beer, waffles and chocolate?! This was our second visit to Brugge and it was just as great as we remembered. We love this city not only for its food and drink but also because of its quaint feel and charming character. We'd highly recommend a visit or next time we plan to go back we'll let you know!Read more

  • Day135

    We are in Belgium for just two nights, so we explored Bruges today. It is a very picturesque city with canals, medieval buildings, and churches with tall spires. Much of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

    We took a 30 minute canal trip for a different perspective of the city. One can see how goods were moved about by boats, as the winding, narrow streets would have made it difficult. In fact, people are encouraged to park outside the city ring and take the bus. Even walking has its dangers as bicycles have right of way and they really pedal fast on those cobbled streets!Read more

  • Day135

    Bruges Architecture

    September 13 in Belgium

    This is Burg Square, which has a varied mix of buildings. The Gothic town hall was built in the 1300s. The building to the left of it is the former court house, and to the right of the town hall is the Basilica of the Holy Blood.

    All over town are beautiful buildings--shown are some of the best we saw, and the McDonald's!Read more

  • Day2

    Day 2, Bruges (Zeebrugge Dock)

    September 2 in Belgium

    After an early night last night and 11 hours of sleep we woke this morning in a very sunny Zeebrugge. First objective of the day was breakfast down in the dining room. Lemon Danish to start and bacon and egg for me, Alaskan Scrambler for Sharon. We met some nice people and one lady was a clone of Mildred from a George & Mildred !!

    We were a bus and a train ride from Bruges so we left the ship around 10am and headed in. It was a lovely walk up from the train station to the old square, some lovely buildings and a lot going on. The weather was fabulous and not a cloud in the sky. We had a wander around looking at all the old buildings and lace shops, not to mention the chocolate shops, before stopping for a spot of lunch in the square. We ambled around a bit more and came across a group of people playing some classical music with some weird looking instruments 🎻 🎺. We then decided to go on a canal cruise around the waterways. Only half an hour but toddling along on the water in the sun was lovely. We learned where the saying “Daylight Robbery” came from. Many years ago, they decided to tax the rich on the number of windows they had. So in order to save the tax, they covered the windows up as they thought they were being robbed for having daylight !! We also saw a great sign in a shop (yes I did go in a couple), it said “Please don’t steal, the government don’t like competition” 😂😂. We walked back to the train station, stopping for a beer along the way.

    As we boarded the ship 🚢, they were doing a lovely line in sandwiches, doughnuts, pastries etc.. but I was drawn to the potato soup, Sharon had a posh arsie farcy sandwich and there were 2 chairs almost calling us which sat looking in to the atrium. It was a lovely stop off before the grill shack on deck for a bratwurst and chips 👍. We then made our way to the deck and spent a couple of hours in the hot tub as we sailed in to the sunset away from Belgium heading for Denmark.

    This evening took us down to the restaurant for dinner. A great menu and lovely service, a great table too, looking out over the English Channel watching the sun go down. Garlic Soup for me to start, a new one for me but quite nice, seafood soup for Sharon. We both went for the roast beef and Yorkshire pudding for main and desert was chocolate brownie for me snd a drambui soufflé for Sharon. It has to be said, there’s no lack of good on this ship. A lovely sunset this evening and we overtook one of the Hull to Zeebrugge ferries as we steamed ahead to Copenhagen.

    The Greatest Showman was the movie under the stars this evening and it was our full intention to wrap up and get out on deck to watch it, start time 10.00pm. However, we failed but a great day nevertheless.

    We’re at sea tomorrow so little or no comms, so until tomorrow, over and out.
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  • Day135

    Beautiful Bruges: Markt and Belfry

    September 13 in Belgium

    The Markt -- the Market Square -- has been used as such since the mid-900s. In the center of the Markt is a statue of two Flemish heroes who resisted French oppression in the 1300s, backed by all the lovely buildings around the square.

    The 'Crown" is the 12th century Belfry of Bruges, which rises 272 ft over the Flemish cloth market hall underneath. It has a 47-bell carillon that plays music every hour. It leans to one side (about 3 feet at the top). We could see it from all over the old town, so it was a good landmark when we made a wrong turn or two!Read more

  • Day135

    What Dean Learned About Beer

    September 13 in Belgium

    Dean went to the Beer Museum and learned a lot. In Medieval times, everyone drank beer, because there was no safe water and well technology hadn't developed. Back in the 1200s, local monks perfected the beer-making process to help improve public health. The same mash was made into beer three times, with the first run being 3-8% alcohol, the second, 2%, and the third, 1/2 % (used for children). Beer was so important that the town officials imposed a tax on it; the brewers dumped all their beer in the streets to protest. The population threatened to hang the officials, so they rescinded the tax.

    While Dean was busy with the history and tasting of beer, I walked around the city and saw a lady making lace. Belgian lace is famous!
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  • Day135

    Church of Our Lady

    September 13 in Belgium

    This tower is even taller than the Belfry in the Markt.

    We saw a flyer about a free "Harps of the World" concert that was supposed to be in the church, but we found it in a nearby museum. We were amazed with the different harps this man owns and plays, and their different sounds. He built the two that are pictured here.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Arrondissement Brugge, Bezirk Brügge, Arrondissement of Bruges, Брюге, Arondisamant Brugge, Brugge ringkond, شهرستان بروژ, Arrondissement administratif de Bruges, Arrondissement di Bruges, Brugge, Bruges, Arroundissement Brugge, 布魯日區

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