Bruges is the dream city in the tiny European country, Belgium. From the moment you get down from the train, you feel transported back in time, specifically in the Middle Ages, a period in which the main means of transportation was the horse-pulled cart. The city is known for its canals, but also for local manufactures of lace, chocolate and beer.
Bruges is also called "Venice of the North" due to the canals that flow through it. In Medieval times, these channels were used to transport goods in and out of town, so Bruges became a prosperous and rich place. Currently the channels are used mainly for tourism and relaxation. It is recommended that when you get here first don’t miss the chance to make a tour of the canals. It will help you find your way around town.
Lace is a commodity that you can find in almost any shop in Bruges. In 1717 it was founded the first school of lace in Belgium by a group of nuns. School can be visited today; it is called Lace Centre and you can find it at Peperstraat Kantcentrum-3A; you will also receive information about the production of lace. And of course, everywhere you look, you will find a street merchant selling lace items.
Here, you will also find the delicious Belgian chocolate. Choco-Story Museum located at Wijnzakstraat 2 tells the story of the transformation of cocoa into chocolate. Do not forget to visit the gallery where the chocolate factory is placed and take full advantage of free samples. In Bruges, you will find a chocolate shop anywhere, but the most famous of all is undoubtedly Old Chocolate House on Mariastraat, where they sell assortments of this desert and where you can also try a cup of steaming hot chocolate.
Overall, it is a very romantic and posh place, but we can’t reveal too much because we don’t want to spoil the surprise. Book your flight, charge your photo camera and get onboard.
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