Places I Really Want to Visit #7
This beautiful brick city that some refer to as ‘Venice of the North’ was originally built as a way to protect Belgium from a sea attack by Julius Caesar during the first century BC. In the centuries following, it repelled many other attacks and was then built into a city almost 1000 years ago becoming one of the biggest shipping ports in Europe.
The top picture is of the Dijver canal with the Church of Our Lady in the background, which is one of the tallest brick structures in the world. The church is also home to Michelangelo’s original Madonna and Child sculpture. The bottom picture shows the famous belfry tower that tourists can climb to the top of and has 48 bells which has been telling the citizens of Bruges the time, and other messages, for over 800 years.
My Europe tour this summer does’t stop in Belgium, but I have a few days at the end of the tour to get from London to Oslo, so I am thinking about making a stop in Bruges on my way. That might also open the door to stops in Copenhagen and Stockholm.