On Sunday we braved the morning rain shower and took an early train to Bruges. The skies did not clear up until the late afternoon when we were back in Brussels. As a result the pictures are a bit dark and blah and don't exactly do Bruges justice. The city is an hour away from Brussels by train and is built on canals. Because of this canal system and the city's wealthy past, it has been called the Venice of Belgium.
Inside the Church of Our Lady:
This statue of the Madonna and Child is one of the few works of Michalangelo located outside of Italy and the only one that left Italy during his lifetime. It was purchased by a wealthy merchant family in Bruges who gave it to the Church of Our Lady, where it remains today. It has been removed from the church twice--once after Napoleon conquered Belgium and once as the Nazis retreated. Both times it was later returned to Bruges.
I would just like to point out that I am wearing the trench coat that I got on sale for 600 Kc. I am still pretty proud of myself.