Bruges, Belgium

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Bruges town square

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Belgium has a knack for combining historic architecture with modern touches.

 

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If they say it’s the best it must be right? Didn’t end up trying it though.

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These windows!

If you are in Bruges, you should go see a harp concert that takes place almost daily at this address: Congresscentre Oud St Jan, Mariastraat 38,Bruges 8750, Belgium

The harpist’s name is Luc Vanleare, and you can only hear him live or on CD’s that he sells after his concerts. The concert is free but be prepared to feel very moved (and relaxed). You’ll probably end up donating for this beautiful harp performance. We ended up buying a CD “Sounds around the Harp” which I still listen to these days.

Here’s his official website.

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What a cute door. I wonder who lives here.

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I’ve never seen a house painted this shade of purple before.

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Café Vlissinghe, the oldest pub in Bruges

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I think I’ll have to come back someday.

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Brussels, Belgium

My mom, my sister and I took an epic 3 week trip across western Europe in the summer of 2015 while I was between study abroad programs. The photos above are from around the neighborhood near our hotel in Brussels. We stayed at the Meininger, an upscale hostel chain that’s really popular for young people. Since there was three of us we opted for a private room to get our beauty sleep.

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Nordzee

If you go to Brussels, you must eat at Nordzee. It’s a fish restaurant on the Place Sainte-Catherine. All their food is affordable and to die for! They have outdoor tables and you end up having to share tables with strangers which is a great way to meet travelers from all over the world.

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Place Sainte-Catherine

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So beautiful.

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So hip. Such street art.

 

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We didn’t eat here but how beautiful is this building. Look at that lettering.

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Approaching the Royal Palace

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This square near the grand palace is lined with places to buy touristy waffles and chocolate. You have entered the zone of weight gain.

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