Bruges from Above

bruges colorful houses

One of the things I regret not doing earlier is writing more about my European tour. I got so caught up during my travels and after (with exams and such) that I did little more than a quick travelogue or photo journal for each destination.

It’s such a shame too because that trip was a trip of a lifetime and meant so much to me on a personal level. It was my first significant ‘long term’ travel; it was when I celebrated my 21st birthday; and, it opened my eyes to just how amazing this world can be (I kinda already had an inkling but it was good just to know for sure).

So now, on the two year anniversary of my month long journey around Europe, I’m going to look back and reflect upon my time in each destination. Hopefully with better-edited photos and some fond (or not-so-fond) memories.

Our first stop was Bruges. We arrived on the day of the solar eclipse, which was cool, if not for the fact that it was foggy and overcast outside. We did get to see a little bit of it, though! We were only in Bruges for around 6 hours, and I think that was plenty of time. I would like to go back now that I have honed my photography skills a little more a shoot some of the quaint, quiet streets, but I think we did all the touristy stuff we wanted to do.

One of the best parts of Bruges was going to the top of the Belfry. I can only imagine how gorgeous the views are on a clear day. Ours was a moody day, but that didn’t stop me from capturing the orange-tiled roofs and cobblestone streets!

bruges view from belfry

bruges streets from above

bruges belfry view

bruges from above

bruges from above

Although Bruges was very touristy in my opinion, I did enjoy the cute little streets. I would have enjoyed them much more if they weren’t full of tourists though!

bruges canal

bruges street

bruges square

bruges canal with church

Reminds you of Amsterdam, right?
bruges view from canal
bruges town square
bruges colorful houses

My favourite stop probably had to be inside the town hall. Isn’t it gorgeous? When we arrived there was a wedding going on but luckily we got to go inside when we came back!

bruges town hall

Have you been to Bruges? What did you think?

Bruges From Above: A Photo Journal

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4 Comments

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    Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
    22 March 2017 at 09:36

    yes! I loved it!! did the canal boat ride, climbed the Belfry, walked around, found the windmills, had waffles and chocolates..

    • Reply
      almathews
      22 March 2017 at 18:01

      How was the canal ride? We were considering it but the queue was way too long! I had a waffle too and it was delicious :D

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    Jaime @angloyankophile
    23 March 2017 at 06:30

    Wow – Bruges from above looks like a chocolate box! So pretty! We went with my family around Christmas-time a few years ago and … I didn’t really care for it, although my parents really loved it. I would have liked to get off the beaten path a bit more and I did appreciate it for the beautiful architecture and the pretty views, but I don’t think I’ll be going back again anytime soon. I overheard a couple saying that they visit Bruges FOUR TIMES per year! And my first thought was, WHY? But to each his/her own. :)

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      almathews
      23 March 2017 at 14:30

      I feel the same way! It was great to visit but I would have loved to find some quieter parts of it or go to a lesser known city altogether. It was very pretty but there have to be just as pretty places nearby. I’ve heard from so many people that it is their favourite city in Europe and I think why as well!! Like you said, to each their own :)

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