旅游:布鲁日,the stuff of fairytales

Today,I am thrilled to share my travel experience in the magical town of Bruges (Brugge) in Belgium a few years back,plus,我要在上面撒些好莱坞仙女的灰尘。If you have watched the movie In Bruges,,那么你很熟悉肯和雷之间的欢笑友情,两个带薪杀手来到这个中世纪的小镇,等待老板的进一步指示。布鲁日欢迎他们,他们笼罩在迷雾之中,就像一个充满魔力的童话世界。Yet,Colin Farrell who plays Ray,keeps moaning about everything from the moment he arrives.His constant winging is a brilliant act of comic relief to an otherwise thrilling tale of murder and violence.What makes his grumpiness so entertaining is the ridiculous idea that Bruges could ever be the cause of discontent.

离布鲁塞尔市中心只有一个小时的火车车程,Bruges greets you modestly as you exit the station,就像其他地方一样。然后,you get to the market square (Markt) and as you raise your eyes to the misty top of the Belfort tower,你开始觉得这个地方可能不像其他地方,after all.

Then you begin to look around properly,your eyes resting with admiration at the quaint buildings that line the square on the other side from the tower.在你知道之前,you're captured by the beauty of the scene,当鹅卵石上马蹄的永恒声音传到你的耳朵,一个过去时代的马车经过你身边时,你开始微笑。

This is when it hits you and your eyes truly open.Everyone seems to wander around with a cheerful expression on their faces.Couples of all ages walk hand-in-hand and you decide to follow one of them,picking the one that seems to walk more confidently,guessing that they know where they're going.Soon enough,you feel pleased with your choice because at the back of the Belfort tower where they're headed,这就是真正的魔法在等待的地方!!

Every lane in that direction will sooner or later lead you to the most enchanting streets and canals.Houses are built on the very edge,walls are covered with moss or draped with ivy and every stone bridge is an invitation to cross to the other side.Andy,my husband,and I chuckled away as we visited this part as so many of these lanes and canals feature in the aforementioned movie!!

In the early morning,the Belfort tower is often shrouded by mist while the rooftops below it glisten… The water is perfectly still and,当第一缕阳光穿过云层时,它开始闪烁,the beauty of the scene taking your breath away.

It is no surprise that around Bruges,one can come across the most cheerful of tourists.在这里,在一件或另一件事上找不到快乐是不可能的,比如令人惊叹的景色,the superb architecture,the lush greenery,or the many wonderful eateries,酒吧,and shops on offer.

The photos in this post were all taken during my last visit to Bruges years ago just after Christmas Day.I chose this time of year as I'd heard about the stalls and the ice rink that bring extra bustle and cheer to The Markt during the holiday season.I was well compensated for this choice!!

A misty view of Bruges from the top of the Belfort tower

If you are fit enough to handle it,a visit to the Belfort (belfry) tower is a must.Beware: not for the faint-hearted or the claustrophobic.

The indoor spiral staircase seems to go up forever at no less than 366 steps.There are rooms at intermediate levels where visitors can stop to catch their breath before carrying on with their ascent.The view from the very top is spectacular and is definitely worth the trouble.

我个人从来没有错过一个参观历史城镇教堂的机会,我在布鲁日的发现是最令人兴奋的。First and foremost,there is The Basilica of The Holy Blood (Heilig Bloedbasiliek),a church that houses a precious holy relic: a phial that is said to contain drops of Christ's blood.If you have watched the movie"In Bruges",I bet you're smirking right now!One of the most comical scenes in the movie involves Ray (Colin Farrell) begrudging Ken (Brendan Gleeson) for making him visit this church.真相再次出现,is totally different.No one will fail to appreciate the beauty of this precious place of worship that was restored in Neo-Gothic style in the late 19thcentury.离开现场前,make sure to visit its hidden gem: St Basil's chapel that is located underneath the Basilica.Although remarkably less ornate,it has a unique atmosphere and you'll be rewarded for your time.

The Church of Our Lady (Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk) is also a must see.它高耸的尖顶是布鲁日地平线的重要标志。Although the exterior was built in an austere Gothic style,the interior is classically Gothic with touches of Baroque.This church is amazing in many ways but the most fascinating thing about it is that,surprisingly enough,it houses a unique treasure of Renaissance Italy:"Madonna and Child"(1504-1505) by the legendary Michelangelo.


Yet,by far,my favorite part of Bruges is Minnewater,明尼苏达水上公园附近一个绿树成荫的湖。真的,it's like entering a fairytale land.今天这个地方的美丽继续困扰着我。马车在那里停下来休息一会儿。This is a great chance to photograph beautiful horses and the forever smiling carriage drivers,以及运河上的许多天鹅和鸭子。


当你在那里的时候,用一块石头抓住两只鸟,参观贝吉霍夫和它怪异的古老墙壁和绿树成荫的广阔绿地。This beautiful enclave almost feels haunted shrouded in the morning mist.Back in the 13thcentury,it used to house women (béguines) who were left single or widowed by the Crusades.


There are two major museums in the area – The Groeninge and the Memling – both of late medieval art by various artists such as Jan Van Eyck and Hans Memling.There are several museums in Bruges and the truly insatiable for the arts can obtain a list at the tourist office located at The Burg (another central square close to The Markt).


布鲁日是一个充满乐趣的小镇,当地的饮食也不例外。有新鲜的海鲜,传统的比利时炖菜和美味的啤酒,有很多不同的种类,如Trappist,克里克或兰比啤酒。我相当高兴地坚持着”Brugse Zot"which is brewed locally.The jester on its logo seems to welcome you on the menu at every bar and restaurant in town.

An order of mussels (clams) with fries is a must when in Belgium!!

呆在布鲁日使晚餐时间成为一种奢侈。Among the local dishes I enjoyed Waterzoi (creamy fish in broth),Vlaamze Stoverij (beef stew cooked in Belgian beer),Moules Marinière e frites (steamed mussels in wine with celery and French fries) and the indispensable Chicons au Gratin (chicory leaves wrapped in ham and baked with a cheese sauce).



我参观过烧焦或(金丝猴)在T赞德广场为我的除夕晚餐。It was reasonably priced,the ambiance was wonderful,海鲜棒极了!!

大卡菲通道in Dweersstraat 26 was difficult to find in the dark,but it was well worth the hassle,and you'll do well to visit it at night too!烛光的内部和d_cor是迷人的,而食物和饮料都是最棒的。

如果你喜欢吃甜食,你会发现在布鲁日很难抵制诱惑!Delicious Belgian chocolates and a wide selection of waffles are available everywhere you look.


酒店Ter Brugheis situated on a quiet canal and is a five minute walk from The Markt – the quaint market square of the town,and the Belfort tower.Our room had a view to the canal and stands out in my memory for its quaintness – I must say,我喜欢这家旅馆的一切。The service was impeccable and it was beautiful everywhere you looked – including the stunning dark beams on the ceilings.

Thinking about Bruges,有一个词在我的脑海中占主导地位:完美。To be frank,there's only one thing wrong with this town;the longer you stay there,当你离开的时候,你的心就越碎。很难适应这种熟悉的环境,modern world afterwards.仍然,as you slowly return to the rhythms and routines of your daily life,it is comforting to know that Bruges awaits you still.The fairy tale will begin again someday,the moment you return.

Have you been to Bruges?Did you travel there at a different time of year,for a specific annual event maybe?我错过了什么名胜吗?你看过布鲁日的电影吗?'评论如下,让我们知道,I'd love to hear your input 🙂


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