Belgium World Chaîne Day
Bruges, April 21, 2018
A busy day in Bruges

“Bruges la Morte” (Is Bruges dead)*? Oh no, not at all!

It is a city alive, proud and rich with a long architectural, cultural and commercial past, which, under a bright spring sun, welcomed the happy participants to the World Chaîne Day as celebrated by the Bailliage of Belgium.

The organisation went into the finest details: an early appointment at the market; relaxing carriage ride to admire the typical streets of the old town and the canals, passing by the Princely Beguinage Ten Wijngaarde (a convent) and its legendary small white houses; gourmet stop at Dominique Persoone to enjoy an original, delicious piece of home-made chocolate (another pride of the city); surprising visit to the Historium for a fantastic immersion in medieval Bruges from 1435;  refreshing tasting of Belgian beers and playing ancient games.

It was a busy day that obviously ended around a fine table! At the foot of the magnificent old Saint Jean Hospital and on the water’s edge terrace, the “B-in” Restaurant and its chef Olivier Calleeuw cordially offered an excellent meal that was light, creative and very refined making for pure happiness in a friendly atmosphere!

Vive la Chaîne!

Ilse Duponcheel
Dame de la Chaîne

* Bruges-la-Morte is a short novel by the Belgian author Georges Rodenbach, first published in 1892. The novel is notable for two reasons, it was the archetypal Symbolist novel, and was the first work of fiction illustrated with photographs.