I paid the first of my two visits to this delightful city, the capital of West Flanders, in north-west Belgium in 2003. As will be seen from the photographs, the weather was not particularly kind during my visit, but the rain stopped long enough to enable me to take the following photographs . . .
The Belfry is a medieval bell tower in the centre of Bruges
The West Flanders Provincial Court
Part of the Provincial Palace, Market Square
The canals of Bruges are part of the personality of the city.
The city’s canals are one of the main attractions in Bruges
Navigating through the canals and discovering the most hidden corners of Bruges is essential to enjoying the essence of the city.
The city has become known as the “Venice of the North”
Canal artist at work
Diverse statuary can be seen all over the city
Bruges is famous for its lace-making and has many shops selling hand-made lace items. In many streets lace-makers can be watched using their skills to create beautiful silkware.