Thursday, May 11, 2017

Return To Brugge, Belgium - Part 2

After touring De Halve Maan (The Half Moon) brewery, we resumed walking northward toward the central part of Brugge.  On the way, we saw these two columns, which look like they could be the remnants of something the Romans built.  Unfortunately, I have not been able to learn anything about them or what they once might have been part of.

People waiting for a boat ride formed a very long line.  I don't think any of my tour group was willing to do likewise.

Here's part of the main square, known as Markt.  The statues are of Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck, who fought against the French in the 14th century.

As I had done 12 years earlier, I walked to the eastern side of the city to the Kruispoort gate.  This is the inner side thereof.

Just north of the Kruispoort were two windmills.  This one is to the north of the other, and is surrounded by a small park.  I don't know if the fence is temporary or permanent.  A little research reveals that it's called the Sint-Janshuismolen (Saint John's House Mill).

The other windmill resembles a barn rotatable on a pivot.  It's called the Bonne Chièremolen, the name appearing to have some French influence.  (The French word bonne means "good", inflected to show feminine gender.)

This is the southern face of the Belfort (Belfry), just south of the Markt square, as seen from the building's courtyard.

We continued southward from the Belfort back toward where we had entered the city.  On the way, we saw these buildings next to yet another canal.

We got back on the buses and rode to Antwerp, where we again met our ship.  Most of the links I've been able to find about specific places in Brugge seem to come from Visit Bruges, but for more on Brugge/Bruges, you can also go to Trip Advisor, Planet Ware, Lonely Planet and UNESCO.

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