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Sweet Bruges

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The architecture of the ancient Flemish city of Bruges is simply stunning. Street after street of antique brick, stone and stucco houses, in many cases facing onto a network of canals, evoke strong memories of Amsterdam. The facades of the old buildings are strikingly similar to those of the Dutch capital…
Bruges is an historian’s sandbox. Three thousand five hundred years ago it was a gateway to the Amber Road (a forerunner of the Silk Road); the Romans fortified it 2,000 years ago; it was the richest trading port in the world in the 13th century; English kings. Edward IV, Richard III and Charles II, all sought safe exile here; and William Caxton printed the world’s first English book here in 1473. Here are some more buildings dating from those medieval times…
Bruges has also been at the very heart of European spinning, weaving and lace-making since the 14th. Century. however, today, Bruges is apparently best known as the graveyard of good intentions. Take a close look at all the buildings above and see what they have in common. Here are some more…
Yep – every single one is a chocolate shop. There are more than 40 shops dedicated solely to selling chocolate in Bruges, while a similar number sell chocolates in addition to other forms of confectionery. Add to them the supermarkets and corner stores with confectionary counters and it is clear to see why dieticians just hate Bruges. Hardcore chocolate addicts and members of CA (Chocoholics Anonymous) would be well advised to stay away, although the prices might put them off…
Almost every other shop sells chocolates. Those that don’t sell confectionery in one from or another sell beer, fries and waffles. Not since we unwittingly arrived in Perugia in the midst of the Eurochocolate exhibition in 2011 have we been so stuffed. But, for your sake dear reader, we steeled ourselves to skip the chocolates and shun the beer and chips for a few hours to bring you views of some of Bruges’ wonderful Gothic buildings… like the 300 foot tall Belfry with its carillon of 47 bells…
…the spectacular vaulted ceiling of the City Hall dating from 1507…
…this enormous 500 year old fireplace in the old Law Courts…
and the beautiful mansions that line the canals in this charming city…
Ah - What sacrifices we make for your enlightenment and delight!

Posted by Hawkson 11:37 Archived in Belgium

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We know you are indulging in chocolates and fries. Your sacrifices go noticed......................

by Sue Fitzwilson

$10 Canadian for 100 grams? Worth every penny. Enjoy.
Wouldn't be keen on a ground floor suite in that last place.

by R and B

you could just jump out the window for a morning swim!!!! Hope you voted before you left
love Jean

by Jean McLaren

What a marvelous city it is. Nice to visit again through your photos. Saw an article a few days back entitled "11 Ways To Include Chocolate in Dinner." No doubt the recipes would be endorsed by the shop keepers of Bruges.

by Tom

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