THE MEDIEVAL CITY ALMOST UNTOUCHED BY TIME
Brugge in Dutch. In English is Bruges. One of Unesco’s World Heritage Cities.
The last destination of our road trip in Europe. This small town, in my opinion, is a replica of Amsterdam with canals and buildings rich with beautiful artwork. There are also many world-renowned panoramas, sky-high monuments, and centuries-old squares. The city still looks like it was still in the Middle Ages but at the same time embracing modern times.
My sister was bored and tired of living in a tent. We chose to stay in the RV at the camping ground. It’s small and nice. I slept in a super little twin bed. RV completed with kitchen and cubicle bathroom. The most spacious area was a living room with comfortable sofa and dining table.
We were more relaxed now. No need to rush to pack or clean the tent. We had a leisurely breakfast before preparing for a short trip to downtown.
The weather grew colder as we were about to arrive in Amsterdam. Although the sun was shining and the sky was blue, the air was so damp even colder in the daytime.
We only had a day to explore the city before leaving tomorrow back to Amsterdam. We headed downtown which jam-packed with history and culture.
This city is also a city friendly for cyclists. Bikes are the best transportation. More than 60% of the city’s traffic is cyclists. The government is serious about improving the transportation system to make it more bicycle friendly.
One of the most memorable and best of Brugge is the chocolate. The signature of the city that never faded from my mind. I could not forget the flavor of the warm and melt in the mouth waffles with dark chocolate sauce. Very delicious. Although just as a snack before lunch, I was not able to try another snack. Come on Tiara … walk again !!. Burn calories..hahaha.
Dozens and dozens of shops and workshops selling chocolate are scattered in some downtown areas. Some stores sold their experimental and handmade chocolates with a bizarre combination of soft drinks such as coca-cola, vegetable ingredients such as tomatoes or basil and even wasabi. Yikes.
The city center is a dynamic blend of new and modern life with a history dated from many centuries ago. Not so big and walkable. This historic place is also enhanced with people friendly zone. Every charming building, shady park or safe and clean lane is built for the convenience of tourists.
I felt that we were stepping into the time wrapt that enveloped the city in medieval times. Quaint pathways, sky-high towers, centuries-old churches, beautiful markets, and squares. The city is increasingly shifting towards tourism. Each building is converted into a souvenir shop, coffee shop, restaurant or boutique.
We walked further to Mark or Market Square Bruges. Dominated by a medieval bell tower. Watch Tower in case of fire, war or other danger. Also used as a marker of change of clocks or religious, social, governmental events and so on.
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