The city itself is quaint and beautiful. We catch the train from Brussels for the hour-long ride to Bruges.
Catching the late-morning train from Brussels
Bruges city streets
Boating on the canals
In the center of town, the Market Square is quiet in the chilly weather with many people in the restaurants, observing from the warmth under the heat lamps, with the benefit of a glass of wine.
Bruges Market Square
Provincial Court Building in Market Square
Belfrey of Bruges from up close and afar
Disappointed that we can't climb to the top (we'll have to come back another day), we continue to wander through Bruges, crossing back and forth over the canals, enjoying the quiet ambiance of the city.
Bridge across canal
Eventually, though, it's time for a quick frite snack and the train back to Brussels.
Mr. Frites in Bruges
Catch the train back at the Bruges station
We enjoyed our quick trip and filed Bruges in the "must return" category, maybe when it's warmer and we can rent bike and/or kayaks.