Saturday, 31 May 2014

Bike and Barge Day 7 - Ghent to Bruges

So our last day to cycle so I decide to climb on the bike again.  We start out by moving the barge a bit closer to Bruge and go past some interesting barges and through some lovely countryside.  Also it is a beautiful day again.
The houses have also improved today. This was typical and they seemed to get bigger as we moved closer to Bruge.
So we pull in and start our 22km ride to Bruge along beautiful bike paths next to the river.
There is still a lot of evidence of the Second World War with German fortifications and bunkers evident. This monument remembers a battle for a bridge between the Germans and the Canadians.
Bruge is just a beautiful town with photo opportunities everywhere you look.
Great excitement when we discover that this town is the first we have found with loos
We see these boats and decide to take a ride
With new friends Bonnie and Dan.
As we cruise along we understand why Bruges is called the Venice iof the North and is considered the most beautiful of all Flemish cities. The old centre dates from the Middle Ages and is almost completely intact.  This is the Town Hall.
And here are a few more amazing buildings.
We also visit The Church if our Lady.  The tower is 122m high and us the highest brick tower in the world.
It also includes Micheangelo's Madonna and child, also featured in the movie, The Monuments Men.  It is absolutely breathtaking.
The rest of the church is also lovely.
So that's just about it for the boat and barge. Dinner tonight and breakfast tomorrow then we stay another day in Bruges at a hotel when I'll fill you all in on the chocolate, beer and waffles of Belgium.  Bye for now,