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…
- 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.