Millions of visitors can’t be wrong. Bruges is beautifully preserved, and there are spectacular old buildings around every corner. Come to think of it, the corners themselves are made of spectacular old buildings.
This is the oldest hospital in Europe. Never mind the leeches and the blood-letting – the brickwork alone should make you feel better!
Fortunately there is a place where we can escape the chocolate and lace shops, the clip-clop of horse-drawn carts, the amplified commentary of the tour boats, the I Love Bruges and 50 Great Beers t-shirts.
The Elizabeth Begijnhof attracts only the devout few. I’m one.
And Belgian strawberries look like strawberries, smell like strawberries and by golly they still taste like strawberries too.