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Bruges, Belgium

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  • Photo of Bruges, Belgium
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The small medieval city of Bruges is a feast for both the eyes and the mouth. Walking or biking along the cobbled stone streets, visitors are often awestruck by the beautifully preserved buildings presenting all the intricacies of the Gothic architecture. From market square stalls laden with home made goods and fruits and vegetables to the glassy canals on which boys fish, each sight is quainter than the last. In the spring, visitors can become one with the picture book images just walking through the convent filled with daffodils, or in the winter by ice skating on the frozen canals.

Food is the other main attraction in Bruges. Countless chocolate shops line the streets with decadent treats that sometimes seem too pretty to eat. Don’t stand there with your mouth watering for too long though or you’ll run out of time to taste the many delicious local brews. The indulgence doesn’t even have to stop for a visit to the museum- as long as you make it the Friet Museum, learn all about the greasy favourite and then stop in a café to taste history first hand, all in the name of cultural education of course.

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