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DAY 16 REST DAY IN BRUGES...JULY 20

The planned morning walking tour in Bruges was washed out by RAIN, and replaced with an option of a museum visit. We all voted to try again at 3:00 pm. Rick, Dan,and I enjoyed a 2.5 hour walk in the tourist area from 1 to 2:30 pm ad had lunch on the busy square.

I joined a small group of fellow cyclists on the 3 to 4:30 tour. It is amazing to see so many tourists from Europe and around the world here in Bruges, But the history, architecture, city squares and beautiful canals certainly make Bruges an attractive and interesting city to visit! The iconic “stepped gable houses” in Bruges represents the architecture developed over the centuries.

We visit market square and the historic “Beginage” neighborhood; an architectural complex created for lay women going back to the 13th century. Our guide, John, was very well informed on the history and development of Bruges as a European commercial center, and provided wonderful “inside stories” of the life and times of the people who made Bruges the attraction, and important city that it is today.

A rest day enjoyed by all and certainly one to remember!



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