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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

In Bruges

travelling gnome - tipsyterrier.blogspot.com
The view from our hotel window
Cedric here reporting from Belgium.

Must sees and dos:
The Ghent Altarpiece: 1432 oil on wood, one of the most famous work by Jan van Eyck
from Web Gallery of Art

Madonna of Bruges: 1504, The only sculpture of Michelangelo to leave Italy during his lifetime.
Madonna and Child, Pieta - tipsyterrier.blogspot.com

Magritte Museum, Brussels 1964 Son of Man

Manneken Pis, 1619 Bronze sculpture by Jerome Duquensoy.  The pub has a full scale replica that dispenses drinks at parties. Now I need to make him costumes like the original.
peeing statue - tipsyterrier.blogspot.com
Landmark of Brussels

Drink a Trappist Beer, Westmalle is one of seven brews made by Trappist monks.  Chimay is a popular Trappist export.
Tappist Beer Westmalle - tipsyterrier.blogspot.com

Eat a real Belgian waffle
Liege waffles- tipsyterrier.blogspot.com

Belgium is famous for beer, chocolate, waffles, and being the first country to join the European Union. 

We arrived in Belgium by way of an overnight train from Berlin to Bruxelles Midi station.  Our hotel for three nights was in Bruges so we decided to stop in Ghent for the morning to see the altarpiece.  Since we already stamped our Eurail pass in the morning we wanted to make the most of it and relax in Bruges the next day.

Designated as a World Heritage City for it's amazingly well preserved Medieval architecture, Bruges is also known as the Venice of the North because of it's picturesque canals.  Bruges is an idyllic town with cobble stone streets, air filled with the sweet scents of freshly made chocolate covered waffles, graceful swans swimming, and the most revered beers in the world!
Bruges main square at dinner time.  Mussels or Steak with fries are the most popular.
Wall of Beer at 2be, all 800 beers of Belgium with their unique glasses are displayed.
I had to snap a picture of this Wire Fox Terrier.
Half Moon Brewery, the last operating brewery in Bruges.
Enjoying a beer at the Half Moon Brewery
View from our room at dusk.
Our hotel is the building in the middle - it used to be a brewery.
Don't forget to stop by The Choco Story.  A museum all about chocolate!


Brussels Cathedral
The Grand Place of Brusels is also a World Heritage Site.
Tin Tin and Snowy mural. A stop at the  Tin Tin Boutique is a must if you are a fan of the cartoon.

See the Smurfs, Tintin, and more at the Belgian Comic Strip Center, which is also a building by Victor Horta

 Art Noveau, Magritte, chocolate covered waffles and some of the best beers in the world; what else can one say about this amazing city born of culture, creativity and cuisine.

Cedric signing out.


  1. It's pretty flippin cool to be related to such versed world travelers

  2. Your photos are amazing. Bruges is on my Bucket List. I hope to make it there in the next few years! The architecture is so exquisite and it seems to be so much quieter than the tourist-crowded places like Paris (where I got to visit this past August). Glad I found you through Travel Tuesday!


    1. Thank you Elle Alice for your very nice comment! I just started blogging again and I am glad you found me through Travel Tuesday.