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Bruges, Belgium.
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Bruges, Belgium, the capital and largest city of the province of West Flanders, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The city is located in the northwest corner of Belgium. Bruges is a mere 27 miles (44km) from Ghent to the southeast and 90 miles (145km) from Brussels. The medieval center of Bruges is remarkably well preserved, and in 2000 it became a UNESCO world heritage site. Bruges had it's golden age around 1300, when it became one of the most prosperous cities of Europe. Around 1500, the Zwin channel, which provided Bruges with its access to the sea, started silting up, and Bruges began losing its economic strength to Antwerp. People began to abandon the center, which helped to preserve its medieval features. Today Bruges is once again a thriving community with a population of 120,000 people, and the medieval center is one of the most beautiful in Europe.

Belgium has been offering full civil marriage rights to gay couples since 2003 and an estimated 5,000 ceremonies have been held since then. In April 2006, the Belgian Parliament voted in favor to grant homosexual couples the right to adopt children and in June 2006, the country's first gay church was inaugurated in Ghent.

With this background, it is not surprising that Bruge has a great selection of gay specific deluxe hotels, inns, boutique guesthouses and unique bed and breakfast accommodations for the gay and lesbian traveler. Add to this selection the number of gay-friendly exclusive hotels, inns, guesthouses and B&B’s and there is a great choice available for even the most discerning gay and lesbian traveler. You can also stay at a castle just out of town. Oh, and check out the Castle ten Berghe, a fantasy castle bed and breakfast that is surprisingly affordable.

Walking along the maze of winding cobbled alleys and romantic canals, you imagine yourself to be in medieval times. Little wonder Bruge is sometimes called the ‘Venice of the North’. The wealth of museums is a striking image of this city's stirring history. Bruges is also home to a contemporary culture of music and art. The new Concert Hall, is one of the most prominent music complexes in Flanders.

The restaurants in Bruges which offer gastronomic cuisine are a true feast for those who enjoy the good things in life. The city boasts dozens of excellent restaurants, trendy lunch cafés, fun coffee bars, driven by a local population famed for its love of the good-life and its high levels of expectation! The cuisine is top notch, if not a tad expensive, and the beer is some of the best in the world. You should try the Brewery De Gouden Boom at Langestraat, 47 which has a small, fascinating museum. Souvenirs of a more perishable nature include Oud-Brugge cheese, and local beers such as Straffe Hendrick, Brugse Tarwebier, and Brugse Tripel. A stone bottle of jenever (gin) or a box of handmade chocolate pralines make perfect gifts.

All year round the rich aroma of chocolate wafts through the World Heritage city and countless creative confectioners make hundreds of kilograms of the city’s most famous chocolate, the ‘Brugsch Swaentje’ (Bruges Swan). And if your sweet tooth is still not satisfied, why not try a visit to the chocolate museum Choco-Story or pop in for a meal at one of the many restaurants where chocolate is cleverly worked into a whole variety of different recipes.

Besides chocolate, Bruges is also known for its lace, and to a lesser extent diamonds. The diamond museum is at Katelijnestraat 43. You can buy a rock of your choice at Brugs Diamanthuis at Cordoeaniersstraat 5. Good information on lacemaking is found in Lacemaking in Bruges and the municipal lace Museum is on the main canal at Dijver 16.
The most popular art museum is the Groeninge Museum, covering Low Country painting from the 15th to the 20th centuries. The Museum features paintings by

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