We fell in love with the fairytale city of Bruges. We arrived early to The Market Square that is surrounded by the charming buildings you see in every photo of Bruges. We were there at 8 am before any crowds arrive and it was lovely.
Another square we visited was The Burg. It is home to the Town hall and inside the building the history of Bruges is told through a series of amazing murals.
Mr. B says that I can’t pass up going inside cathedrals and churches and Bruges has a beautiful church that I had to see. The Church of Our Lady was a real treat. It’s a medieval church that is an example of the wealth and sophistication that was prevalent in Bruges.
Inside the church is The ‘Madonna and Child’ which was carved in Italy by Michelangelo around 1503. The Bruges merchant Alexander Mouscron, who was in Florence at the time, bought the sculpture and donated it to the church. It is the only sculpture by Michelangelo that left Italy during his lifetime.
We also took the canal boat tour. We did feel a bit like cheesy tourists, but you can’t go to Bruges without experiencing a the 30 minute boat ride.
The scenery along the way felt like it was out of a storybook.
We saw this woman at work. Do you know what she is doing? She is busy tatting. It’s a very old way of making delicate lace. I haven’t seen anyone doing it since I was a little girl and watched my grandma making lace.
Another touristy thing we did was take a carriage ride through the town. It was silly but fun and an easy way to see the town.
Walking around the town we found this adorable organ grinder who was very happy to play a tune and take a photo. Spending a day in Bruges was something I’ll never forget. It was a walkable town with fairytale charm around every corner.