one of Europe's best preserved medieval cities, Brugge is on everyone's
list of "must see" sights if they know anything about
Belgium at all. And, it is well worth the visit. The city center
has changed little since the 13th century. It was the most important
trading center in Europe from the 13th to 15th century. The name
Brugge in fact comes from the Old Norse "Bryggja" which means landing
stage. Needless to say, it was a bustling port city until the river
changed and merchants abandoned it for Antwerp.
is sometimes called "the Venice of the North" because
of all the canals running through it. Of course, there are canal
rides and, if that is not to your liking, you can also tour the
city by horse and buggy. How did I see the city? I walked. There
was so much to see and you really get more of an eyeful that way.