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Lessons in how a financial powerhouse falls

Lessons in how a financial powerhouse falls

Aside from food, the other thing we spent a lot of time learning about in Bruges was its financial and political history. Bruges is the site of the very first stock exchange, which was located at the ‘Ter Beurse’ inn. Bruges was a thriving centre of trade in the 14th and 15th centuries and visiting merchants would come to the inn to make trades, sign contracts and do deals. Eventually the process at the inn became more formalised, with trading…

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Let them eat pralines (and fries): the truth behind our favourite treats

Let them eat pralines (and fries): the truth behind our favourite treats

In most of the blogs I’ve already posted about Belgium, I have waxed poetic about the food. As I recounted the food tour we went on, I referenced both the fry museum and the chocolate museum, two places that we circled back to later to get a better look at. The fry museum is particularly notable, as it’s the only place in the world that has dedicated itself to the humble chip. There are quite a few chocolate museums on…

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Beautiful Bruges in thirty-three photos

Beautiful Bruges in thirty-three photos

As per usual, there’s only so far words can get you when telling the story of a place. Especially when those words are my words. As I’ve written more non-travel content, I’ve realised how much harder it is (for me) to tell funny, impactful stories about the things I’ve seen and done. I’m a big non-fiction reader and that shows in my writing; while travel tales are true, they read like a story rather than an essay or an argument,…

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Bruges by mouth: fries, waffles and chocolate

Bruges by mouth: fries, waffles and chocolate

I really love food tourism. Not just in a ‘I want to see if I can eat my body weight in noodles’ kind of way, but also in a ‘food is an enormous part of culture’ kind of way. Eating food from different countries is one of the best parts of travel and Belgium did not disappoint. Often, the Internet can give a misleading view of what locals actually eat. For example, sushi is definitely a part of Japanese cuisine,…

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Get Snappy 15: Bruges, Belgium

Get Snappy 15: Bruges, Belgium

Greetings from Belgium! Before I arrived, the impression I’d gathered from popular culture was that Belgium was all about chocolate, waffles, fries and beer. I can now confirm that a large part of Belgian culture – or at least, Belgian tourism – revolves around chocolate, waffles, fries and beer. It is joyous. We took a food tour to learn a little more about the history of these various delicacies, which was eye opening. We visited Bruges’ chocolate museum and the…

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