Doug Estey



I have an Italian friend who migrated to Canada after learning English by watching How I Met Your Mother. He really didn’t know much about our country other than what he’d learned on TV. This scenario pretty much describes Bruges and I.


This stop, which has lasted about 24 hours, is our shortest of the trip. Bruges is quite small, and doesn’t really cater to vehicular traffic, making it highly walkable and easy to cover in a short period of time.


There’s not a whole lot to say about Bruges that hasn’t been said. It’s postcard beautiful, and it’s chalk full of tourists. Thankfully our Airbnb host lives slightly off the beaten path and had tremendous recommendations for paths and points to check out, which made for a great stay.


Like Amsterdam, the city was originally contoured by a perimeter of windmills used to pump water out of its marsh-like centre, which is now full of great food and drink, some canals and cathedrals, and, well... that's about it.


As it was our first stop in Belgium, trappists & lambics were a top priority. Bruges delivered, from a humble old pub over 500 years old to an over the top rose-covered bar that specialized in every red beer imaginable.


We’re on a train now to Ghent Antwerp (long story for another time!) where we’ll spend two nights before heading to Brussels!


Doug Estey

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