Visiting Bruges on it’s Liberation Day (12 Sept)
Turning left at Calais, we opted to visit the captivating city of Bruges on the day it celebrates its liberation towards the end of the second world war. The liberation on the 12th of September in 1944 is now celebrated by almost every house flying Bruges’s iconic flag (red and white stripes with a blue dragon)However Bruges’ history goes much further back than 1944 with a past of riches and woes to match any city in Europe!!
If that wasn’t enough, the canal boat trip certainly added another layer of history to this historic city… full of character and life!!! A brilliant place for kids and grandparents alike!
It’s hard to describe just how much this city offers.. including the likes of the Basilica that reportedly holds a vial of the blood of Jesus to the imposing Belfort Tower (with over 350 steps to the top… yet the view is worth every step!). Enjoyment can also be found in the chocolatiers near the Salvador Dali exhibition off the Grot Markt or perhaps even venture towards the Historium for a vivid account of medieval life.
So Bruges entered a bleak period as it lost its place at Europe’s top table…. so a further 350yrs passed in which Bruges simply couldn’t afford to knock down buildings and rebuild… so it simply made good and repaired… and repaired.. and repaired every building!!
With the sun setting, we all returned back to our motorhomes at the fantastic city centre ‘aire’ for an evening of fun and games followed by the kids playing cards with their grandparents…Precious memories made in a very special first day of European motorhoming for Richard’s parents.