bruges, belgium

when we decided to head to belgium we were torn on what city to explore first so we started reading up on this romantic medieval city bruges.  i had imagined it would be a small cute city, narrow streets and plenty of canals, boy did it live up to every expectation! we didn’t stray far from the city center and for a short weekend, it was perfect. IMG_0745how can you get enough of this main square! lively, with tourists and locals there to partake in the beer festival which we just happened to stumble across!IMG_0752IMG_0751

IMG_0776belfry and halle towers over the markt, construction started in 1282! we did not make the 366 steps to the top of the bell tower i think the kids were still getting over climbing the 500 steps up the koln cathedral 🙂

we had our share of chocolate, waffles and beer! chocolate museum for the kids and beer museum for the adults, although the beer museum had a fun story for the kids to follow along on their own tablet.

memling museum pictured below


surrounded by history (burg square town hall)


groeninge museum in the background.


basilica of the holy blood


beautiful canals


narrow cobble stone streets everywhere, could not get enough of this medieval city!


on our drive back to amsterdam we stopped at the flanders field american cemetery. although the smallest of the many US cemeteries in Europe, it holds a fraction of the hundreds of thousands of allied soldiers that died in WWI. It is estimated that there are remains of over 200,000 soldiers unrecovered in the nearby battlefields.


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