Delving into Bruges – All about Frites!!!

I’m happy to identify with the cliche – I’m Irish and I LOVE my spuds!   So on a recent trip to Bruges,  I had to take myself off to the FRIET MUSEUM – the only one in the world dedicated to fries! The building itself dates back to the 14th century and displays are spread […]

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Vignettes from a Lifetime of Travel

R is for RYANAIR   No – this isn’t a diatribe against staff conditions,  or customer relations,  or a certain chief executive’s massive bonus.  Its not even about the baggage policy which nobody I know has mastered to anyone’s advantage bar the airline itself! No indeed – this is a positive story about the impact […]

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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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