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

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surrounded by history (burg square town hall)

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groeninge museum in the background.

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basilica of the holy blood

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beautiful canals

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

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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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