The name probably comes from the old Dutch name for bridge, ‘Brugga’. The first fortifications were built after Julius Caesar’s conquest of the Menapii in the first century BC, to protect the coastal area against pirates. However, due to it’s important position there have been settlements in this area since the iron and bronze ages. It is worth the journey in from Zeebrugge the gateway town. Bruges is a trek from the cruise port of Zeebrugge which translated means Bruges by the sea. And Zeebrugge is a small town by the sea. To get to Bruges you have to grit your teeth and do the journey. Or, take an excursion.  Journey – Shuttle bus to Blankenburg, then the train to Bruges station, then a 20 minute walk through the park to the old town. You will know when you are there because it turns into a chocolate box medieval fairy tale town – yes that is exactly what it is. With horse drawn carriages, wonderful squares, beautiful buildings and churches from an era that has not been allowed to escape. The soil is rich in Flanders, so sample the vegetables. Just as Violet does on a night out in a charming restaurant in this city which changes at night by being lit as if everyday is a festival. Here is the film that will get you there and show you round.

See our Canal Boat tour film in full hinted at in this film, and our film that does nothing but show you the chocolate shopsDSC02102

Bruges is known for chocolate, mussels and the mussels from Brussels. I met Jean Claude Van Damme on one of the many films he has done with my husband, when I flew to Romania to see Stuart on our estranged 25th wedding anniversary as he was away on another movie abroad. Jean Claude offered to join us for our anniversary dinner, but, I politely declined. He is a most charming man full of charisma just like the city of Bruges. Bruges is a city you can visit on a City Break by many means not just a ship. It is a city you could spend some time drinking local beer in, sadly we only had one quick drink at the station waiting for the train. But, we will be back, Bruges is on most Baltic Cruise. If you are thinking of a City Cruise, then take a look at our Baltic overview film if you have not seen the full length films. It is a short snap of many ports / cities all run together so you can get an overview. One of the best ways to see Bruges is by Canal Boat, we have covered that tour on film. Take a look.

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