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Belgian City Evokes Fairytale Memories

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Belgian City Evokes Fairytale Memories

Brugge, Belgium

Brugge is located in the northwest corner of Belgium.  It is an old city that dates back to the first century BC.  It is canal-based, so it is sometimes referred to as the “Venice of the North”.  We traveled there for two nights in late September and found a delightful fairytale city.


Mapping the Day

The clop, clop, clop of horse hooves on cobblestone roads fade in and out as they draw carriages through the city center.  Light bounces off the walled canal waterways onto colorful medieval architecture.  Narrow streets wind around like a labyrinth and suddenly reveal one picture-perfect site after another.  The city of Brugge evokes images of childhood fairytales in our memories.



Local Story

The fantasy of Brugge is captured in our photographs as we took in all the highlights.


View from the Table

For one of our dinners in Brugge, we dined at Bierbrasserie Cambrinus.  The tavern and restaurant is named after Cambrinus, the King of Beer in European lore.  (Yes, I believe he grabbed the monicker long before Budweiser.)  It is aptly named since drinkers can select from more than 400 beers available on any given day.



As we dined on Belgian fare, augmented by an array of local beers, I imagined the King of Beer.  He certainly would have approved of our fairytale visit to Brugge.

Onion soup started our meal at Cambrinus.  I have been making this recipe for 30 years and has always been a family favorite.


French Onion Soup






  1. SO AMAZING! I love French Onion soup and have always wanted to try to make it at home! I can’t believe how easy it was! Thanks!

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