Belgium: What's In A Name?

Most cities in Europe date back hundreds, if not thousands of years, making them quite picturesque and a sightseer’s paradise, especially to tourists from North America. One of my favourite cities in Europe, probably in the world, is the small Belgian town of Brugge (Bruges, if you are French).

Nestled about 20 km. from the ocean, in the North West corner of Belgium, Brugge is about an hours drive by car or train from Belgium's capital of Brussels. The French capital of Paris is three hours to the south and Amsterdam is about two and a half hours north, making this hidden gem easily accessible by train or car.

The old city of Brugge, with a population of 20,000, is about twice the size of Port Perry (430 hectares) and was firs