From Paris Gare du Nord to Brussels Zuid (Brussels Midi) via Thalys train, then switched to a local train at Brussels for a 50-minutes additional journey, finally, the Flanders town of Bruges (Brugge in Dutch) welcome me with thunderstorms and non-stop rain showers.
Quietly admiring the town inside the bus that travels from Bruges train station to the Market Square where I will be searching for my hostel on foot, despite the heavy downpour I can see a lot of people still enjoying their walk, which in a way made me hopeful that I can still enjoy the Bruges that I have always dream of despite the weather.
Encircled by canal links and layers after layers of medieval walls and towering churches, the streets are cobbled, the houses are colorful and the residents are welcoming, Bruges is indeed the perfect fit for a postcard perfect town.
Historically, the Belfry serve as a watchtower where every bell hung inside has a distinct sound and function to inform the township about different situations- whether to alarm for danger, for important announcements or to simply tell time.
Climbing the 366 steps towards the top is not an easy task, however it is kind of a must do thing for anyone visiting Bruges, simply to see rows of colorful roofs makes the “must” word here as no exaggeration.
To see Bruges on a different angle, the canal trip is the best option.
The informative thirty minute boat ride is the fastest way and maybe can be consider as the best way to see the town, with the added benefit of seeing places otherwise unreachable by foot, since not every canal runs parallel to the street.
Much appreciation is given to any town that demands nothing from visitors but to simply find a free bench, order the famous Belgian frites with mayonnaise from the nearby stand and enjoy watching the action at the square.
Most of the museums and shops closes at around six in the evening while bars and restaurants peak just around that time, thus making night time in Bruges over-all a really quiet one.