Brugge, or Bruges, as French-speakers write it, is one of those cities an ex-photographer (US Naval Reserve, 1986 – 1993, pretty proud of that, but that’s another blog post) loves to photograph. There are beautifully composed photos everywhere; you don’t even have to pause before pressing the shutter release. I’ve been there only twice, and both times, I’ve captured beautiful images.
The first time I traveled there was in early Fall. The weather was mild and the light was good, but not great. Nevertheless, the following few shots managed to emerge from my point-and-shoot’s memory card.
As you can see, Brugge is a canal city; it is sometimes called “the Venice of the north.” Truly a more beautiful small city has never existed. And there are all kinds of family-friendly things to do, from boat rides to carriage rides, to museums, a great cathedral, parks, and restaurants.
And the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Some of the buildings are very impressive. There are simple houses whose doors open directly onto the canal, plus huge administrative buildings on the Burg, the city’s administrative town square.
On top of all this, Brugge is located in Flanders, Belgium’s Dutch-speaking region. What that means for those of you who napped through your high school French classes is that most people speak English. As one Dutch-speaker told me once when I apologized for not speaking her native tongue, “Why should you? We know there are only a few of us who speak this language!”
So let’s say that by now you are convinced that Brugge is a beautiful city, worthy of a visit. And you are asking yourself, “Hmmm, when should I go?” Well, that all depends on your cold-to-beauty ratio. As you might guess, in winter, along these canals, Brugge is quite frigid. Now my cold-to-beauty ratio is pretty heavy on the “cold” end. Nevertheless, it was worth a visit in winter even for me so that I could see the light in a clarity that is very rare in warmer times of the year in the typically grey, Belgian climate.
But it doesn’t take Christmas lights to make this city beautiful at night. It just IS. Especially in this clear, cold air.
If you like what you see, learn more at Brugge’s official site: http://www.brugge.be/internet/en/index.htm
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