What I did and saw:
Explored the town-
Bruges is a beautiful Belgian city that is great to walk through. It is very walkable and its nooks and crannies and alcoves are worth exploring. I also got to see some of the windmills on the outskirts of the town. There are many beautiful buildings and plazas throughout the town.
The Christmas Market in Bruges is a beautiful and interesting place to walk through. They had an ice skating rink and numerous stands with tasty food and drink, along with various other items.
Basilica of the Holy Blood-
As the name suggests, the Basilica of the Holy Blood is said to have a vial of the blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, said to have been collected by Joseph of Arimathea. There are legends of the dried blood turning back into liquid at various times. Whether or not it is actually his blood (or even blood at all), the building itself is historic, interesting, and beautiful.
Where I ate and drank:
Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan-
The Half Moon Brewery has a pipeline that carries their product from their brewery into town. Their drink is extremely tasty, and the food they serve at their brewery is delicious also.
Although they offer only limited food options, Vero Caffe serves up some excellent coffee. It is a cool cafe that is worth a stop if you are in Bruges.
Bruges Beer Museum-
The Bruges Beer Museum is conveniently located by the main city plaza. They offer flights of different tasty Belgian brews.
Where I stayed and how I got around:
Jacques Brel Youth Hostel-
When I visited Ghent I was staying at Jacques Brel Youth Hostel in Brussels. To see more about it check out my post on Brussels. I traveled by train to both Ghent and Bruges on different days while staying in Brussels. Once there I walked to get around and take in the sights.
My favorite thing:
Bruges is a beautiful town to walk through, the Christmas market was great, and the both the food and drink I had at the Half Moon Brewery were excellent.
My least favorite thing:
I wish I could have spent more time in Bruge. There are still a handful of things I would like to see and taste there.
For next time:
As mentioned above there are still a handful of things I would like to do in Bruges, but at the top of the list are the Belfort van Brugge (bell tower) and Le Trappiste Restaurant, both of which were closed during the time I was there.
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