After months of futzing (Gent? Antwerp? Bruges? Antwerp? Antwerp.), we finally made it to Bruges. I was worried that it was going to be too touristy for my liking, but despite a few sightings of "Tourist Menu" signs, an overabundance of chocolate shops (not complaining, I swear), and some crap gift stores selling questionable tapestries, that little medieval city really charmed me. We were practically skipping through the streets, in love with the architectural details and quaintness. It wasn't overrun with tourists, but maybe because it's the off-season. All I know is, Bruges may become a required day trip for friends visiting Brussels!
I want to live here.
There are lots of religious statues built into the buildings. B said he read something about it once signifying it as being a convent or residence that would take in the poor... I dunno, you can ask him more about it.
Charming, right? It probably looks just as it did 600+ years ago!