Loppem Castle


On my day off today, we headed to the city of Brugge, Belgium, near the west coast of the country. Although the sky was completely grey (have not seen the sun yet), our spirits were high as we had a historic city to explore! Our first stop was Loppem Castle on the outskirts of the city. Although access to the castle was closed for the winter months, we still had great views from the walking paths. We then headed into Brugge itself. A very pretty and quite old city. We walked around parks, through old streets and plazas and across historic bridges. We sampled Belgium’s famous waffles, the calorie free ones (not a chance!). We also made a stop or 3 at some of the many chocolate stores throughout the city. Oh the chocolate!
 
Below is a shot of Loppem Castle. The castle was built between 1859 and 1862 for Baron Charles van Caloen and his family. It is considered a masterpiece of civil Gothic Revival architecture.
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