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Pedal to the Pebble: Biking in Bruges

img_0410.jpgPartly cured of Euro fatigue and rather inspired after seeing the movie trailer of In Bruges, the Groundhog Dude felt ready to make the journey to Bruges. It was also February 2 or Groundhog Day , and so what better way to spend the day. The trip took one-and-a-half-hours from Leuven. I rented a bike on arriving at the train station (9 euro) and rumbled through the cobblestones to the town center of Bruge. Great idea too as it would have been quite a long walk.

Bruges (pronounced “broozh”) is quite a popular tourist destination in Belgium mainly because it has preserved its medieval look.

The town square:

img_0369.jpgimg_0413.jpgTourists cruising the town’s Venice-like waterways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windmills dotting the town’s outer ring:

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img_0401-1.jpgimg_0407-1.jpgThe town is also known for holding a relic of Christ’s blood. The blood is housed in a vial and is kept in the Basilica of the Holy Blood. Tradition states that the relic was taken from Jerusalem during the Crusades and brought to Bruges in 13th century. The relic can be venerated everyday at scheduled hours. I was lucky enough to be there at the right time.

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