Bruges a gem to visit by bike
We are in the heart of Flanders in Belgium. They call it the Venice of the North. And along with her older sister is in the group of Italian World Heritage Sites by UNESCO poetry of its historical center. How was the pearl of bridges, canals, lace. And patches of sky which also Canaletto would certainly be in love for his paintings.
Bruges is also suitable for cyclists romantics. To get there from Brussels just a little less than an hour. The trains from Gare du Midi chase every half hour. It arrived at our destination rent bikes here is that available, even with bike tours in the city and in the countryside.
The streets of the beautiful Flemish village has a medieval Nordic charm and full of influences from the rest of Europe. We cross carriages and boats, now run along the many canals crowded with tourists. Once they were trade routes that have shaped the history of the economy, thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit of the local merchants. The nerve center of the city is the Grote Markt, the Market Square. Here is the Belfort bell tower with a panoramic carillon of 47 bells still in operation. And from here every year on the first Sunday in April, part of the Ronde van Vlaanderren (Tour of Flanders, ed), Race Road Cycling conceived by journalist Karel Van Wynendaele more than a century ago.
For a mug of beer and a nice stop serious is the Brewery De Halve Maan, the only brewery left in circulation, open since 1856. It produces the blonde Brugse Zot, including double-malt. And do you know how to deliver the beer across the city? Through a “birradotto”! Amazing, do you think that the company is planning to build a network of pipes that pass under the streets of the historic center of Bruges and that will lead to the bottling plant. So protect the environment from pollution and the Old Town!
Among the green lungs of the city the best known is the Minnewater park, with the “Lake of Love”, dotted with white swans that inhabit it. On this stretch of water is reflected extraordinary vegetation and the legend of an impossible love, the one in Minna, the daughter of a fisherman betrothed against her will to Horneck, and the young warrior Stromberg.
Hard to get away from this atmosphere enchanted, but the coast and the North Sea are can not miss a ride. The road is short and flat, less than an hour through the Belgian countryside, rolling fields and herds of cows and you will reach one of the most popular seaside resorts, Blankenberge. Among the narrow streets of the city center, shops and souvernirs, then the long beach and the harbor filled.
Belgium has just 65 miles of coastline from Knokke to De Panne. Follow them on two wheels is an opportunity to learn about a different sea from the Mediterranean, less blue but the white beach. A good alternative to the bike is the Kusttram, the coastal tram that runs through the Flemish shores throughout their length.
Tastes a must try in the North Sea are the moules frites, mussels with fries irresistible
– – Strict quality bintje and fired twice – the crocquettes de Crevettes à l’Ostendaise and oysters, all the seafood.
And with waffles and chocolate, to end on a sweet note, Belgium is served.
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