More about our European trip. Next destination was Brugge, via Brussels. We had gotten to Brussels on the Eurostar, which was very comfortable. With the exception of, there not being enough space to put our luggage at the allocated space as we entered the carriage, and having had to put our huge bags up on the overhead rails, (I wouldn’t have had muscles for it – well perhaps I should have packed lighter, but…) our ride was very comfortable.
I didn’t know anything about Brugge beyond watching the movie In Bruges. We found out later, that upon arrival at the train station we had walked out the back exit, so got disorientated about where we were and how to make our way to the hotel. We did finally proceed to walk from the train station to the old town where our hotel was, not too far away, we figured. Turned out not to be too far away, about 1-2km, except that the roads in the old town were cobbled roads, and we were dragging our suitcases and we made a racket!
Brugge was really picturesque. I am still unsure how the buildings survived the war (you can probably tell I don’t have a grasp on history) but everywhere we looked there were buildings from the sixteen hundreds.
The Belfry Tower, which was very near our hotel. Mistakenly thinking, from having watched In Bruges, that the entry fee was â‚¬5 that was what I had expected to pay, only to find out that it was more! (there was a rather amusing scene in the movie about the entry fee which made me remember it)
Brugge was a fantastic destination, like being transported hundreds of years back. Well, if you disregard the MNG, Esprit, and the likes.