Surprises Around Every Corner in Bruges, Belgium

Belgium, Brugge Guide (B): Surprises Around Every Corner in Bruges, Belgium

Have you ever visited a place that completely turned your preconceived notions of it on their ear? My husband and I experienced this repeatedly during a visit to Bruges.

We expected canals, old buildings, church spires and waffles. While Bruges offers all that, there’s another side to this European city that you have to see to believe.

We assumed that two days in Bruges would be plenty. After all, it’s not a large city population-wise (approximately 119,000). But what we saw in those two days made us realize that this compact city offers up a number of unexpected surprises, despite its size.

We weren’t in Bruges for more than five minutes before realizing we’d arrived in time for some kind of festival. On the bus ride to our hotel, we passed bleachers and chairs lined up along barricaded streets.

When we got to our hotel, we asked the desk clerk what was happening that day. It turns out, we had arrived just in time to witness a once-a-year festival – the Procession of the Holy Blood (Heilig Bloedprocessie in Dutch). ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Surprises Around Every Corner in Bruges, Belgium
Guide Location: Belgium » Brugge
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Jan van Eyckplein square   Poortersloge   Church of Our Lady   Minnewater Lake   brick tower   Sint-Janshuis Mill   De Halve Maan brewery   Basilica of the Holy Blood   Burg square   Markt Square   Belfry  
Author: Darlene Fisher
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