Bruge has a beautiful old city center with an abundance of Medieval Gothic architecture. The town has avoided major war activity so everything is intact and original. Its biggest threats now are the swarms of tourists who come to enjoy the beauty. But you can avoid the throngs if you visit in late November on an evening when the temperature is near freezing and it's hailing.
|Great tourist weather|
|The Town Hall. Note the many statues on the wall|
|Enjoying Double Cooked French Fries at the Museum|
We concluded the weekend with a stopover in Antwerp to visit the Sechlers. Ben was home from college as well, so it was the first time all 8 of us had been together since we travelled to Egypt two years ago. Carol prepared a great turkey dinner and we toasted Lori & I's 27th wedding anniversary.
|Even the basements are interesting. This Christmas shop was in a 600 year old building named the "Pelican Building". It had a Pelican Statue on it's facade.|
|Town Hall in the evening|
|An example of a building with religous symbols built into the corner. One belief is that in the olden times this would qualify the building as a religous structure, thereby providing a tax break. Sounds similar to some current day strategies.|
|The anniversary couple|
|One of Bruge's many canals. Grant and Mark climbed the 380 stairs of the Belfry that you see in the background.|
|Even medieval towns have a sense of humor.|
|Another version of the portable sign|
|A beautiful canal. In the fall and spring these scenes are stunning.|
|The Market Square|