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Trip Report Bruges and Waterloo: the peacefull and the fierce

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Bruges and Waterloo made an odd combination for a weekend trip. But I can't help it: October last year, I decided that it would be my last pleasure trip before "the winter is coming". (I'm sensitive to cold weather.) And I felt an urge to see both Bruges and Waterloo. I'm a fan of history, especially of the Napoleon period; but I'm also a fan of medieval towns and canals.

Now some of you might say that Bruges is a tourist trap. I respectfully disagree. There were tourists during the day (not to an extent that I would call it "swarming), but after 20 o'clock I almost had the streets for myself. At 7 o'clock the next morning, it was a heaven for photographers: I was all alone in a serene Bruges. I'm not a good photographer, but my photos belows would testify to the beauty of the morning town.

And for the record, the town was not built for tourists: it was authentic, though frozen. Wouldn't the frozen part be great for a step back in time?

After friday's work, I took a bus to Lille (France), stayed there for the night and took the earliest train to Bruges on saturday morning. It was an economic option, as Lille hotels are cheaper than Bruges' ones, and the bus to Lille are cheap too. Budget will play a big part in my voyages.

I stayed in Hotel Du Moulin D'or in Lille: it was close to the rail station, it was cheap but clean and comfortable. I arrived late but I had no problem finding the room key that they had left me.

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