We've always wanted to go to Bruges, and not just because of the 2008 dark cult film In Bruges with Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as two Irish hitmen doing their bloody work in Bruges. The city is quaint, beautiful, and only an hour-long ride from Brussels.
In the center of town, the Market Square is quiet in the inclement weather, with many people in the restaurants, observing from the warmth under heat lamps, with the benefit of a glass of wine.
Most importantly, we have to see the Belfry of Bruges on another side of the square. The 83 meter (272 feet) high medieval bell tower, with the former market hall behind it, is featured predominantly in the movie In Bruges. It's closed today so we can't walk up the 366 steps to the top, but we take a few pictures from afar and up close.
We continue to wander through Bruges, crossing back and forth over the canals, enjoying the quiet ambiance of the city.