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Yeah...i also recommend that boat trip :D

And i still remember how i and some friends ran to catch the train :lol:
Haha, we didn't take the boats - we felt touristy enough just going to Bruges! We missed 2 trains because they were so packed (nothing compared to Bombay's trains, but people weren't as ready to let you in here).
 

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I did like it, but, to be honest, I really preferred other Belgian cities (Antwerp, Gent, Brussels, Leuven, etc.) to Bruges, even though Bruges was still really beautiful :)

As for the trains - yeah, I was wondering why it was packed with Belgians, since Bruges seems to be more full of tourists than anything. Your explanation clears things up.

More - the first church was built by a returning Crusader, I believe

 

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^^ That one was taken in Ghent. It's a graffiti wall just around the block from my house. It's definitely made by "Bue", a graffiti artist who has made a lot of stuff here in Ghent and in some places around the world. Very interesting stuff, and he collaborates with other artists sometimes too. You should check out his flickr page: click!

Those guys also made a whole merchandise from their paintings. Quite cool: www.toykyo.be.

There's a real street art culture in Ghent and I've been meaning to make a photo thread to bundle the best of it for SSC members to see. Still haven't got round to it... But for those who are interested, there's a nice photo pool on flickr with lots of Ghent graffiti in it - with quite a lot of that signature style of Bue and the others: Ghent Graffiti.



Anyway, I'm a fan and I felt the urge to express that, on a sidenote. Back to Bruges now :)

The first church of post #5 is the Basilica of the Holy Blood. It was originally built in the 12th century as the chapel of one of the residences of the Counts of Flanders. In the church there's a relic that supposedly holds some blood of Christ that was collected by Joseph of Arimethea. That relic was brought to Bruges by Thierry of Alsace, then Count of Flanders who participated in the Second Crusade, around the time when the chapel was under construction. That chapel was romanesque though. The chapel we can see today is a gothic one built in the 16th century, on the foundations of the original chapel. It's also been altered a couple of times during the Gothic Revival in the 19th century.

 
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