Today, we decided to go a bit far afield by taking a 61 mile road trip to the town of Brugge. This largest city and capital of West Flanders is a UNESCO world heritage site. It's name most likely derives from Old Dutch for "bridge. Brugge was fortified in the first century B.C. against marauding pirates. The many canals throughout the city gave it the nickname of "The Venice of the North". Because of its role in the 1600's as the portal for the "Amber Road" (a trade route to the East) Brugge was considered the chief commercial city of the world. The Renaissance architecture was delightful to see. We had a great time visiting Brugge.