Brugge

View from the Top of the Half Moon Brewery

On my 2 previous trips to Brugge I have always yearned for more than the several hour visit. In my quest I Expedia’ed a 5 day stay for peanuts 6 months prior and planned my journey.

Actual walls of St. Donaas

Brugge is a place with roots originating as early as the 9th century. In fact the basement of the Brugge Crowne Plaza Hotel holds the original walls of the St. Donaas Church from that period. It is a must see, however, I am getting ahead of myself and let’s return to the origins of this fascinating city.

Frescos from church.

Brugge was founded by Vikings as a settlement from the North Sea in the 9th century. By the 12th century traders worldwide flocked here to sell their wares. In the 15th and 16th century Brugge saw decline and by the 1800’s it became Belgium’s poorest city.

The 20th century brought a resurgence with international travel flourishing. And flourish here it certainly does. Stayed tuned and I’ll update you on what to do during your stay.

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