Bruges or Brugge, Belgium, is a picture-perfect time capsule of the Middle Ages and one of the most delightful towns in all of Europe. Called the “Venice of the North” because of the numerous canals which traverse the city, it also has two splendid squares (the Markt
and the Burg) which provide a glimpse into the architecture and lifestyle of Belgians in the past.
Other notable sights include the Basilica of the Holy Blood, which houses a relic (a cloth with the reputed coagulated blood) of Jesus Christ along with a beautiful interior,
and the Church of Our Lady, whose spire dominates the skyline of Brugge, and whose Michelangelo sculpture, Madonna and Child, is one of the few examples of the great artist’s work that can be seen outside of Italy.
Brugge is an ideal city for walking (cars are not permitted in the town center), so stroll the narrow streets and stop occasionally in the squares for a Belgian beer (among the best in the world) and perhaps a treat.
Take a canal boat cruise for a different perspective on the city and delight in the tranquility of the setting..