(Map of Belgium)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011:

It was a 185 mile drive to Bruges from Paris.



All of the images below are thumbnails and can be clicked on for a larger image.

It took us about four hours to get to Bruges in the northwest part of Belgium.
Bruges' historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO.
Our guide gave us a brief orientation of the city and then we had the rest of the day to ourselves.
One of the symbols of Bruges is the swan. There are always plenty of them on the Minnewater.
Minnewater Lake Minnewater Lake Streets of Bruges, Belgium

The Church of Our Lady remains the tallest structure in the city and the second tallest brickwork tower in the world.
Church of Our Lady One of the canals in Bruges The Belfry rising above the streets of Bruges

Market Square is at the heart of the city.
Some historical highlights around the square include the 12th-century belfry and the Provincial Court.
In the center of the market stands the statue of Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck.
The Belfry Market Square Market Square

Along with a few other canal-based cities, Bruges' is often referred to as "The Venice of the North".
From Rozenhoedkaai an exceptionally beautiful view is seen of the old houses bordering the canal.
View from Rozenhoedkaai View from Rozenhoedkaai View from Rozenhoedkaai

I took an hour long boat cruise on the canals through the city.
Main intersection in Bruges Bruges boat cruise Bruges boat cruise

It was a very enjoyable day in Bruges. A great way to spend my 52nd birthday.
The weather was pretty nice, a little very light rain as we were leaving.
Bruges boat cruise Old St. John's Hospital Shopping area of Bruges



The video below is thirty two minutes long and covers my visit to Bruges, Belgium.

MY DAILY EMAIL SENT ON JULY 20, 2011
Hello again folks,

First of all, thanks to everyone that sent birthday greetings. I had a great birthday. Today I journeyed out of Paris again. This time about 180 miles north of the city. I was able to knock another country off my bucket list as I spent the afternoon in Bruges (Brugge in Dutch), Belgium.

Market Square

That's Market Square pictured above. Bruges is a beautiful city often referred to as the Venice of the North because of the canals that run through the city.

View from Rozenhoedkaai

The historic city center has been declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site. That's the bell tower of the Church of Our Lady above. One of the world's tallest brick towers.

Market Square

I enjoyed walking all around this city where horse-drawn carriages and bicycles out number the cars.

The Belfry rising above the streets of Bruges

Bruges' most famous landmark is its 13th-century belfry pictured above.

Old St. John's Hospital

Above is old St. John's hospital, now a museum.

Shopping area of Bruges

I didn't buy any famous Belgium chocolates from the many shops all around the city.

Bruges boat cruise

I took a canal cruise around the city during my visit.

View from Rozenhoedkaai

It was a nice tour. The guide gave us a brief orientation walk to the center of town but from there we were able to explore on our own.

The Belfry

It was an all day thing as we didn't get back to Paris until 9:00 this evening. Weather wasn't the sunny day the Internet said it was going to be. It rained off and on both coming and going. But luckily the weather was mostly nice while we were in Bruges. A few drops of rain just as we were leaving.

This is my final night in Paris. I will be flying onward tomorrow afternoon.

Tim


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