Monday, November 17, 2014

A day in Bruges.

Photos from a lovely day spent in Bruges. With our day largely unplanned, we spent the day simply wandering the quaint, car-free streets of the historic downtown area, exploring a cobblestone courtyard here, popping into a chocolate shop there... We tried the most divine Belgian waffles (you MUST visit this waffle stand) and tested Belgian fries, strolling along the river and across the numerous picturesque bridges.

And then a momentous moment for this art history lover, a pilgrimage to the Church of Our Lady to see Michelangelo's Madonna and Child. Always breathtaking to see a work by a master, especially an artist whose work one once devoted hours of study as a university student...

We finished our day with a visit to the quiet Begijnhof, a peaceful clearing that was absolutely still in the late afternoon light (speaking is strictly forbidden), and then an early evening walk through the Stedelijk cemetery, eerie and haunting as the sky darkened above us.

Farewell to sweet Bruges, and onward to our next enchanting destination!

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