Delving into Bruges – her Streetscapes

While Bruges was occupied by German forces during both World Wars,  it was spared destruction.   In 1944,  the German Commander Immo Hopman ignored orders to destroy Bruges before allied troops arrived.   So her medieval centre remained intact and today the historical buildings,  cobbled streets and picturesque canals are protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. […]

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Delving into Bruges – her Canals

The canals of Bruges linked the city to the North Sea and led to her economical prosperity in the Middle Ages.    Nowadays,  most visitors to this ‘Venice of the North’  enjoy a cruise at some stage during their trip.   Its easily done – there are landing stages dotted along the route – and the […]

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Delving into Bruges – her Skyline

During the middle ages,  Bruges was one of the wealthiest cities of northern Europe.   Its rich tradesmen built fine houses and patronised musicians and artists.  When the Flemish cloth industry declined,  and the traders in precious stones moved to Antwerp, the city fell into decline.   So rapid was the downturn that,  over the next few […]

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Delving into Bruges – her Nightscapes

  Thinking of visiting Bruges as a day trip from Brussels?  Maybe you should reconsider!   Just look at what you’d be missing!                                     ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦  

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Delving into Bruges – her Street Corners

Once upon a time (as all the best stories go…) a traveler from Luxembourg was set upon and murdered on a narrow street in Bruges.   A local tradesman came upon him and the police found him cradling the dead man.  He was of course arrested and charged with the murder. On the night before his […]

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