Well, fearless travelers, we’re off again! This time, we’re going to get in touch with our inner Fleming, and head to Bruges, the capital of Western Flanders, a history-hewn city that’s streaked with canals and loved for its lace. Ready? Good! Let’s explore the concept of what it is to be Belgian, beyond the waffle!
1. Feel as though you’ve waltzed back in time by visiting Kantcentrum, Bruges’ lace center. Walk through the exhibition enlightening you about lace, or spend time at the open lace atelier, watching snow-haired women work at lightening speed as they create bobbin lace!
2. Pick up one of the free audio guides inside Burg Square’s Gothic-infused Town Hall (c. 1376), and get ready to soak up some history. You’ll wind your way up staircases with dragon-headed handrails, and into halls emblazoned with neo-Gothic paintings that depict momentous occasions in Bruges’ history.
3. Love accordions? You’re in luck! Through the end of May, the Airbag Festival takes Bruges by storm, celebrating accordion music with performances in all incarnations, from folk, to hip-hop, to jazz. Check out the festival’s website (English explanations are at the bottom of each event page), for a schedule that will make you bellow with delight!
4. You’ll never know the true meaning of “delicious” until you’ve tasted handmade Belgian chocolates. How Belgains make chocolate taste 110% more yummy is beyond us, but take our word that you have to try some! Go to ChÃ¢teau Blanc Chocolates for a great selection you’ll want to gobble up in its entirety.
5. After a hard day hoofing it around sightseeing, take a load off and enjoy one of Belgium’s other specialties, beer, at Staminee De Garre. Boasting a Belgian beer list long enough to make you stagger, this pub will delight you with its warm, antiquated ambiance, and superb house brew.
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