Early morning start~ I had a 10a phototour scheduled with Photo Tour Brugge (Brugge is the Dutch name for Bruges).
My friend and I were supposed to head to Bruges together, but train coordination failed. Plus his train got delayed (happens often).
Upon arrival in the city, I hurried to catch the bus to Market Place to meet the tour group in front of the Basilica of the Holy Blood. I was worried they’d leave me behind since the reservation said they leave at 10a sharp.
But I made it right on time! We were also at the meeting spot for a good 5 minutes for the intro -_-.
Andy McSweeney is the owner of Photo Tour Brugge. It’s a two hour session (he has three different public tours) and you can bring a non-photographer friend for free. On the tour, Andy takes you to a number of picturesque locations and shows you a couple of shots he’s taken there, all while sharing Bruges history.
Honestly, two hours was too short.
I love European doors…
Which door is your favorite? 🙂
Bruges reminds me of England’s Bourton-on-the-Water.
I was very adamant about taking a boat tour since I missed my chance in Ghent. But it was only really cool because we were on a boat hehe.
It’s a nice quick tour of the city, but I don’t think you’d miss much if you didn’t do it.
La Belgique Gourmande is a rather big generic chocolate shop.
We went to the torture museum Oude Steen and it was surprisingly full of visitors. My friend said that if you’ve visited one torture museum, you’ve pretty much seen it all.
We climbed the Belfry of Bruges after roaming around. They only allow a certain number in the tower, so you have to wait for people to leave before you can enter. Hence, long line.
The stairs are extremely narrow and we ran into a couple of minor snags when two way traffic happened. You just have to squeeze yourself into a corner or something. I think the downward traffic has right of way, but nobody followed that when we were there xD.
The view and breeze were wonderful up here. Unfortunately, the bells went off while we were in there too. So loud. Be prepared.
I’m not sure if I mentioned this already, but beer is cheaper than any other beverage here.
Also, when you have dinner in Bruges, be sure to ask for the day menu. It’s cheaper and they don’t usually advertise it after lunch.
I could’ve spent another day in Bruges…
Total miles walked: 8.95 miles.