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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Clansman

    Tour of Flanders 5 April 2015 see online - look for gettyimages.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Martin Seuneke

    Hi
    Can anyone tell me what was going on in the Markt yesterday morning early (about 8.00bst)

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Mayor

    I love this website, anytime I feel homesick for Bruges, I just watch this view of the market place, the bicycles, the people walking, the buses, the events that pop up now and then, and though now living 10,000km away I feel close to my hometown Bruges.

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • Raymond Houlbrook

    Been going to Bruges every year for the past 15 years. A brilliant place to relax and always something new to discover.

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    • 1 month ago
    • Sheila Anderson-Wray

    Clansman - The bard has many words of wisdom - and I so agree with you about making an effort - you only get treated the way you treat others.

    And Paula - I hope you return one day - I would move there in a heartbeat :)

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    • 1 month ago
    • paula

    Still miss this place maybe 1 day I will return

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    • 1 month ago
    • Clansman

    Dear Sheila. 'Robert Burns the Works' a great link.

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    • 1 month ago
    • Clansman

    Only a short time in Belgium at the HQ - Lived in Germany a couple of tours and loved every moment - in Westphalia - Munster - very hospitable - Netherlands short posting - if you make an effort anywhere, Stationed in Alberta Canada - more Jocks in Canada than at home - as a local put it 'Scotland in big!' As we were told all those years ago as a young guardsman - you are the foreigners in their land treat their customs and traditions as you would wish others to treat yours.

    Yours Aye.

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    • 1 month ago
    • Sheila Anderson-Wray

    ah Clansman - poetry to my ears - or tae ma lugs lol (a Scot by birth and daughter of a piper - and very proud of that) When we go anywhere we ALWAYS try to find out basic laws of the area - as we do not want to offend.
    and Mr Collett - I was being polite as we have not been formally introduced :) and I can trump your cousin being a goalie - my Gt Uncle x2 was one of the founder members of Hibernian Football Club in Edinburgh :)

    I LOVE Bruges - not just for the scenery and the people but the kindness shown on my first visit in 2000 . I was there with my elderly mother - who wore two hearing aids, was registered blind and had the beginnings of Alzheimers . Staff in shops went out of their way to help her and the people in Quick on Markt - she hated the cups to have her hot drink in (and with her condition we seemed to go there every half hour for a drink as she had forgotten she had just had one) - the next day we went in they gave her a proper china cup - small touches like that really touched me. That was only one of the kind deeds shown to her - she was treated with so much respect it moved me.

    10 years later I returned with my husband to meet my son and his wife - he had gone to Australia to live 3 days before my mothers death - and to see my grandchildren for the first time. It was apt .

    So , when anyone says things about my beloved Bruges I get a wee bit upset. :) Yes it has loads of 'touristy' shops , but it also has some of the most amazing places hidden away. And above all I feel safe there - which is a big thing for me.

    We all have different views - and as Clansman quoted 'To see oursels as ithers see us - it wad frae mony a blunder free us'

    I had thought Yorkshire people were very laid-back when I moved here - but Belgians seem to take everything in their stride, nothing is too much trouble.

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    • 1 month ago
    • Clansman

    O wad some Power the giftie gie us
    To see oursels as ithers see us!
    It wad frae mony a blunder free us,
    An' foolish notion:
    What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us,
    An' ev'n devotion!

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    • 1 month ago
    • Thomas Collett

    The Name is Thomas Please

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    • 1 month ago
    • Thomas Collett

    l am not a football fan myself and l think they all should be bard from going to matches aboard l have a cousin who now lives in Spain he use to play as goalkeeper for Birmingham city back in the 1970s Dave Latchford and l had no interest in football then

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    • 1 month ago
    • Sheila Anderson-Wray

    I love this webcam - if I can't be there in person this is the next best thing. And Mr Collett - a few years ago when a Birmingham team played in Bruges they REALLY behaved - by urinating all over the square - including the middle of the street - where traffic had to stop to avoid them - I was ashamed to admit to being British after witnessing the behaviour.
    Yes Bruges is very tourist orientated but we have always found the residents helpful and very friendly.

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    • 2 months ago
    • Frank Mertens

    To much a tourist trap,far better to go to Ghent.

Market Square in Bruges

Market Square (Grote Markt) is the heart of the stunning medieval city of Bruges (Brugge), with an area of about 1 hectare it is the center of the commercial life and the ideal spot where a variety of social, political, and religious events take place.

Today the square is one of the most important must-see attractions, hundreds of tourists and locals transit here every day delighted by the fact that after the renovation works of 1995 parking was finally removed and the whole area became mostly traffic-free, a real pedestrian's dream; Market Square is dominated by the impressive medieval (1220) 83 meter high Belfry Tower (or Beffroi), one of the city's most prominent landmarks; its magnificent 47-bell carillon continues to peal out over the city every quarter hour, although thrice destroyed and rebuilt, from its top it still offers breathtaking views over the whole Bruges; declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2000, this stunning city still keeps its original late medieval features so that is one of the most well-preserved medieval cities in Europe; whether we decide to explore the city simply on foot or in a horse-drawn carriage we'll be equally captured by the magical atmosphere of this so picturesque town while enjoying a charming transportation to the medieval. Its attractions also include the Cloth Hall, the imposing Provincial Palace in neo-gothic style, the statue of the patriotic heroes Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck also decorates the square while many shops and restaurants are surrounded by old buildings and houses. Very little information dates from the pre-roman age, anyway it seems that Bruges was founded as a fortress-city in the 9th century by Vikings who settled here (the Dutch name "Brugge" seems to have come originally from "Bryggja" meaning "harbour or mooring place"); the growing prosperity of the city made it rapidly one of the most important maritime capitals of Europe until the 16th century when Bruges entered a period of stagnation. For a longtime it was at the center of the chronic struggle between England and France, this situation led to many revolts, The Bruges Matins (Brugse Metten), which saw armed insurrectionists led by de Coninck and Breydel, is absolutely worth mentioning.

Bruges, capital of West Flanders, is today a real city-museum, a charming scenery filled with incredible history, although its size, there is a lot to see and do, our tour should also include a visit to museums and ancient buildings (such as the Groeninge Museum and the gothic Palace of Gruuthuse, magnificent masterpieces of Flemish architecture) and churches, cafès and shops still working according to ancient techniques; it is assumed that the manufacturing of lace started during Ancient Rome, anyway this tradition is still strongly alive and an important resource even if the city knows other growing economic sectors, it is a world famous chocolate hotspot with a variety of chocolatiers and shops and a paradise for all lovers of beer; walking through the picturesque streets of Bruges we'll be invaded by chocolate shops, pubs and lace boutiques with all kinds of gifts, it will be furthermore interesting a visit to the Lace Museum with its permanent exhibitions showing several lace varieties, a must-see for all lovers of craftsmanship of high quality. Our tour in Bruges, also known as "Venice of the North" due to its picturesque canals, should also include a delightful boat ride while appreciating the charming surrounding scenery including the Saint John's House Mill (Sint Janshuismolen) and the Koelewei Mill (Koeleweimolen).

Bruges has also been designated as European Capital of Culture in 2002 due to its significant cultural importance in architecture as well as painting, moreover it was well represented by the important poet and priest Guido Gezelle, the house in which he was born is today used as a literary and didactic museum.

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