Travel Pic Thursday: The Bruges Belfry

Hello Everyone!

This second installment of my blog’s new feature, Travel Pic Thursday, has us off to Bruges (or “Brugge” if you want to use the proper Flemish term) in Belgium. Bruges is pretty much as cute as you can get and very pedestrian friendly which is good since it’s also got chocolate shops everywhere you turn and you’ll need to do some walking if you plan to fit into your airplane seat on the trip home.

For being small and quaint, Bruges has plenty of things to do and see. One of these tourist offerings is the Belfry of Bruges

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  • The current tower was built around 1482, although parts of the walls date to the 13th century.
  • Carillon consists of 47 bells that ding dong out quite a performance each day.
  • 83 meters (about 270 feet) high with 366 rather uneven spiral steps (no handrail) leading to the top.
  • Location of some of the best scenes from the film In Bruges, including Colin Ferrel’s warning to a few America tourists about climbing the tower.
  • Makes an excellent signpost when you need to find your way back to the center of town.
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View from the tippy top.

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TAMMIE PAINTER IS THE AUTHOR OF THE TRIALS OF HERCULES: BOOK ONE OF THE OSTERIA CHRONICLES AND AN ARTIST WHO DEDICATES HERSELF TO THE TEDIUM OF CREATING IMAGES WITH COLORED PENCILS.
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6 thoughts on “Travel Pic Thursday: The Bruges Belfry

    • painterwrite says:

      We must have lucked out because our only wait was a couple in front of us in the ticket line asking five million questions – most of which had nothing to do with the tower. Best bet is to go early…within the first hour of opening when everyone is still sleeping off those Belgian beers!

    • painterwrite says:

      For some reason I don’t do well on spiral staircases – especially when I can’t keep a death grip on a handrail. My nerves got the better of me and I only made it until the rope handrail ran out (a little more than half way up). But my husband made it to the top…at least I got to look at the view through the photos.

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