Zeebrugge is the new port for the city of Brugge, or as we say in English Bruges. Zeebrugge literally means Brugge on Sea. After arriving in the port of Zeebrugge, Belgium I headed off to the city center of Brugge. When arriving to the city center a proud heritage is immediately evident! With the sights of beautiful medieval architecture in the historical old town, smells of Flemish cooking and the taste of Belgium chocolate, Brugge is a city that activates all the senses.
As you enter this historical old town, the beautiful medieval atmosphere is immediately evident. Cobblestone streets twist around centuries-old buildings. Other medieval buildings hover over the canals that were the transportation highways in centuries past.
I took a walk through the picturesque city into the classic market square surrounded by its merchant guild houses. The market square is dominated by the icon of Brugge, the 13th century Belfry Tower. Another nearby square holds the old town hall (Stadhuis) and the Gothic-Style Basilica of the Holy Blood. The town hall was built in 1376 and the Basilica contains a relic of the Holy Blood that was brought here after the second Crusade.
As you walk through the cobblestone streets you can feel the energy locals and tourists exploring this hidden gem of Europe. Along the streets you can see people sipping the fantastic Belgium beer, admiring the delicate white lace, and, of course, drooling over the chocolate displays. One cannot help but be drawn by the smell the chocolate from the chocolate shops that appear to be on every corner. The fresh chocolate in Brugge is unbelievable!