Excuse the crass language above, it's all Martin McDonagh's! And unlike what Colin Farrell's character in In Bruges may think, this place is not a shithole! Far from it.
It's my last night here in Bruges and though I will have spent a solid five days here, I still feel like I'm not quite yet done with this enchanting little city. As the city's official guidebook says (and yes I am quoting a guide book here), it's a place "whose secrets you can’t unlock completely although they’ve captured your heart". I can't think of any better way to describe my feelings about Bruges.
One of the most well preserved Medieval cities in the world, it truly feels like I'm traveling back to the past -- during a time that I can only vaguely imagine. Every twist and turn of every street brings something new to take my breath away. Everything here just oozes a certain je ne sais quoi of a time long gone...the architecture, the churches, the Béguinages, the canals...
It's romantic and eerily mysterious all at the same time. It's a relic of the past and yet oddly modern as well with the ubiquitous wifi connection from the many cafes -- even from the famous Belfry! -- bringing you back to the present day.
I've never been to a place that's made me feel like this before and I'm truly sad to be leaving already.
Ik hou van jou, Brugge!