102 Photos - Oct 9, 2012
Photo: Welcome to Bruges.Photo: Bruges is a very well-defined and enclosed medieval city. It's a quite picturesque walk into the old part.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: There did not appear to be a 221B. :)Photo: Photo: Photo: St. John's Hospital, built in the late 12th century, used as a hospital until 1976.Photo: Photo: Photo: The cathedral behind the hospital. Handy to have a church across the street for when you lost a patient... Plus the hospital was run by nuns.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Cathedrals go up.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Saw this glass in a few places. Really interesting looking, like the bottoms of lots of bottles.Photo: Serious statue is serious.Photo: Photo: Photo: Garden leading to the art museum.Photo: Photo: Photo: Groeningemuseum (art museum).Photo: I liked these figures.Photo: Skeptical dog is skeptical. :)Photo: Photo: Photo: Medieval streets weren't so much made for cars.Photo: The Market Square, liberally surrounded by restaurants. It's been used as a market since 958.Photo: Photo: The post office. Fancy.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: It was a gorgeous, sunny day to lunch outside.Photo: Photo: The Stadhuis or town hall, built in the 14th century.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: I liked this pub entrance. It was cute and had a very low door for short persons like myself. :)Photo: The canal cruises were very popular, so we availed ourselves.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Medieval bridges are not for the tall.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The Begjinhof or convent.Photo: There were a tonne of ducks and swans. The swans are a symbol of the city and of the Minnewater (canalized lake). According to legend, in the late 15th century the people of Bruges had executed an administrator from the Austrian court, so Maximilian punished the city by decreeing they would always have to keep swans (on the coat of arms of the executed man).Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The oldest bridge in the city, dating to the 1300s.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The darker red building is the narrowest one in Bruges.Photo: The Gothic hall in the Stadhuis. Sherry was most pleased, and took many inspirations for her library.Photo: Photo: Photo: I liked this horse. Detail from one of the wall murals.Photo: More of that funky glass.Photo: The inside of St. John's hospital. Alas, it would have been cooler with more history and less religious art, etc.Photo: Remains of an old door from the hospital.Photo: Can't imagine tending to the sick and whatnot would have been very easy in that get up.Photo: It'll only hurt for a minute...Photo: Photo: Photo: Detail from a tombstone from the catacombs.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Exterior from the hospital courtyard as we were heading back to the train station.