22.07.2012 25 °C
So today I went on a day trip to Bruges - it was truly a fairytale town. Although extremely touristy, it was a gorgeous mix of venice and amsterdam and was definitely worth the trip.
Unlike Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson in 'In Bruges', my trip was much less depressing (I did however make it a point to see the hotel where they stayed in and the other main sites where they filmed it). The weather was a perfect sunny and 75 degrees - no clouds anywhere. We arrived in Bruges and began "getting lost" in the windy streets, going down alleys, and coming aross randomly dispersed grassy stretches. Finally, we found the main city center which was absolutely stunning. The canals gave off a romantic vibe, but combined with the dutch brick architecture from the 16/1700's, it was positively unique as well. We ended up taking a boat tour, which I assumed would be just a good place to take pictures. Our guide, however, was incredibly insightful and I actually learned a good amount about the architecture and the town.
Afterwards, we resumed walking around and perusing the numerous shops around the town. Since it was a sunday, a lot of the fashion stores were closed (thank god), so we were limited to the local beer sellers and chocolate shops (of course). At one point, we were approached by Russian naval officers who wanted to take a picture with us. It was the most bizarre moment I have ever experienced - their captain just kept trying to direct the men how to orient themselves around us in the picture in russian, and we just stood there very confused. One officer had the balls to ask us to join them on their boat, which we respectfully declined, but they were a very entertaining group.
I wouldn't recommend staying in Bruges overnight - a day trip was sufficient enough in my opinion. It is incredibly touristy and expensive, but the city itself is beautiful and a must see.