Impressions of Bruges: Belgium’s beautiful medieval town

Bruges was a major economic, cultural and artistic centre of medieval Europe. Protected by its long decline in fortunes from more recent negative ‘developments’, she remains an intact and relaxed small city that attracts many visitors.

Bruges is appealing for her splendid architecture, history that is honoured and celebrated, a refined life-style where locals bicycle and walk through old streets that ban cars, a regular tourist income from the many visitors, and Belgian specialities like chocolate, handicrafts, beer…

Morning school’s out, and it’s time for lunch.

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The Markt is Bruges’ main square. Medieval streets wander off into labyrinths, allowing a visitor to become lost – later to find canals, squares, quiet streets, churches and lanes to savour.

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Tourist boats now ply the canals that were once crucial to Bruge’s commercial importance in European textiles.

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Romance is in the air.

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Chocolate art.

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There must always be music.

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More Postcards from Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An is such a visual feast. Colour is everywhere.

A beautiful local in her ao dai, the traditional Vietnamese costume, contrasts with industry, commerce and history in the eclectic mix of this entrancing town.

    

 

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I’ve published more on Hoi An here.