South West Bruges

Our next Bruges walk took us south-west from Markt through the main shopping area. I confess that we stopped at The Chocolate Line in Simon Stevinplein but, other than that, we were very good at sticking to sight-seeing. We visited Sint Salvatorskathedraal and marvelled that Bruges had a third major square in ‘t Zand with its quirky modern fountain (1986).

Our route then took us through some quieter streets with highlights including Blindekenskapel (Our Lady’s Chapel of the Blind) and another of the city’s gates, Ezelpoort with its small bronze skull. This is a reminder of the traitor who was executed in 1688 for attempting to open the gate to Louis XIV’s army. We circled round, returning to ‘t Zand via some more pretty almshouses and finished by visiting the roof terrace of the Concertgebouw where we got good views of the two famous towers of the Belfry and OLV.

Just one more route to go now.

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8 thoughts on “South West Bruges

  1. Birgit May 22, 2014 / 18:13

    Some more great pictures. Oh to stroll along those streets would be grand. I think having a chocolate …or 5 is a good thing:) The picture of the ship in the Cathedral makes me think of the cathedral in Montreal where there are a number of ships hanging from the ceiling-it is really stunning

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    • Anabel Marsh May 22, 2014 / 19:19

      Could that be Notre Dame de Bonne Secours? The one which features in Leonard Cohen’s song “Suzanne”. We were there a few years ago and I remember it had ships.

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      • Birgit May 23, 2014 / 20:32

        I think it is. I will have to ask my Husband’s Aunt and let you know

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        • Anabel Marsh May 23, 2014 / 21:19

          Big Leonard Cohen fan here so was really interested in that church – if it’s the same one.

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