Bruges


Quaint, thy name is Bruges. Taking the train from Brussels to Bruges, a smaller Flemish town on the northern coast of Belgium, was our absolute favorite day trip so far. Miniature winding canals, mossy bridges, lace curtains and fairytale houses.





















It rained on and off all day while we were there. We huddled under a cheap umbrella, trying to take pictures and wipe the fog off our camera lenses. Feet got soaked, hands got cold. We were giddy though and I think our excitement kept misery at bay. Then, of course, on the train ride home we slept like babies, bellies full of frites.

30 comments:

  1. if you liked brugges, you have to go to leuven, with the best gothic city council and a beaterium which is now part of its great university (just 20 min. by train from brussels)...
    (great pics, by the way!!) ;)

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  2. SO charming. Looks lovely even in the rain. My son was there a couple of years ago when studying abroad and also loved it. Your photos of Paris and Brussels were really beautiful as well - especially loved the detail shots. Have a great rest of your trip.

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  3. this does look like it's right out of a fairytale, it's gorgeous

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  4. i third the fairytale sentiment! oh i love seeing these travel pics!

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  5. These are lovely! It's almost hard to imagine anyone actually living here, since it looks so fairy tale-esque. (I've also been loving the rest of the vacation pictures. Just looking at them is like going on a mini-vacation!)

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  6. Bruges is one of my absolute favorite places in Europe, and that is saying a lot! It's medieval buildings are enough to make me want to live there forever.

    I am loving your European travel posts! Your pictures, as always, are incredible, Amy. Thank you for sharing with us!

    Nat xx

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  7. Your pictures are so lovely. I have enjoyed living vicariously through you.

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  8. beautiful. looks like such a lovely trip.

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  9. Wow those pictures are breathtaking. Husband is saying we must buy "In Bruges" just to see it whenever we want. Thank-you so much for sharing these gorgeous images.

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  10. oh what a magical looking place! love the styles of architecture and the hellebores in the window box! wish there were more to look at - perhaps a slide show when you get back to reality?? thanks for posting these!

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  11. Bruges is fantastic!

    I second Noemozica's comment that you should check out Leuven, too, either on this trip or the next one back to Europe. I studied there for 10 days and it was the best experience of my life!

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  12. This town (and the pictures) and are so incredibly lovilie that I am considering packing my bags and moving there.

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  13. Hi there, I live in Bruges and came upon your blog. A very nice set of pics!
    Seeing this, I am proud to live here.
    Best regards, Tijs Synaeve, Bruges

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  14. Lucky Tijs! I remember when we were in Brussels I wanted to daytrip to a smallish town that had a church with an altar painting in it that by an artist I had studied (I have an art history degree*), but the guy at our hostel kept saying "No, you have to go to Bruges!" and we would ask what there was to do and see and he'd look blank and say "Well... it's really pretty! You just have to go!" And he was right. I never saw the altar painting.

    * in Italy I found on display a little double portrait that I had written an essay on that I was very proud of. I was explaining everything about the painting to my partner, and people started wandering over and listening to me. They thought I was a an English-language tour guide!

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  15. Frites also has a way of refreshing the soul. I often wonder what it would be like it live on kittle, historical places like that.

    I grew up in New England, which has little towns like that. Quaint to visit...but strange to actually live in?

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  16. Such a beautiful place. So great to visit these places, I always feel like moving there but the reality is somewhat different!

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  17. Ahhh I want to go here Right Now!!

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  18. Beautiful photos, I'd love to go there some day! have you seen the movie 'In Bruges'? Its brilliant!

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  19. Thanks for sharing!! I can't wait to go there next summer!!!!

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  20. Your pictures are so enchanting! I'm definitely putting Bruges on my list of places to go :)

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  21. Ever see the movie "In Bruges"? Huh? Have you? If you haven't, I bet you will now!

    Gorgeous pics.

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  22. this place is incredible!
    it looks like something out of a dream or a movie

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  23. very cosy little town. I like the pictures you have posted of it. Looks great!

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  24. beautiful !
    I went to Bruges years ago and I had exactly the same weather ! but my belly was full of good chocolates & my eyes filled with wonder :)

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  25. INSANELY jealous! No, scratch that, make that sanely, rationally, jealous...

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  26. Tu as beaucoup de talent. J'aime beaucoup la photo des fleurs sur la balcon...

    Julia

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