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BE226

Brugge, Belgium

Platinum

Member since

2004


Open for exchange
Exchange dates Duration
July 05, 2019 - June 13, 2021 10

House in Brugge, Belgium

We live in a terraced house (6 m wide) in a quiet neighbourhood at walking distance from the city centre (1,5 km - 20 minute-walk to the market place). The ground floor is one big open space, containing a living room (9 x 4,5m) and kitchen (4 x 5m). There is a grand piano.  At the back there is a terrace that looks out on a small garden (15 x 6m), which is at basement level, so you need steps to go down to get there from the terrace). The garden boasts lovely flowers and plants with in the sunny back a comfy bench and table with chairs.
On the first floor we have got a large bedroom and a study with a convertible bedsettee (= double bed). On the second floor there are two more bedrooms. So the house can easily accomodate six people. Note that our house is a non-smoking area!
We have a black cat which needs feeding in the morning and the evening. He is used to being in the house but sleeps outside at night.

 

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 2 Children
  • 21 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • teacher / social worker
  • teacher / social worker

Our Home

  • House Type: House
  • Floor: 2
  • Environment: In the city
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Sleeping Capacity: 7

In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Allowed

Exchange Types

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Long-term exchange wanted
  • Non-simultaneous exchange
  • Home exchange
  • Hospitality exchange
  • Youth exchange
  • Renting possible

Indoor

  • Free internet access
  • Computer available
  • Central heating
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Clothes dryer
  • Television

Outdoor

  • Garden
  • Park / playground
  • Bicycles: 4

Facilities

  • No smoking
  • Seclusion/Privacy

Our Destination Wish List

  • Open for all offers
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Austria

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Français
  • Deutsch
  • Dutch

Our Neighbourhood

We live in Bruges, a wonderful historical city which attracts lots of British tourists every year. This is how the successful American travel author Bill Bryson describes our city:
"I went to Bruges for a day. It's only thirty miles from Brussels and so beautiful, so deeply, endlessly gorgeous, that it's hard to believe it could be in the same country. Everything about it is perfect - its cobbled streets, its placid, bottle-green canals, its steep-roofed medieval houses, its market squares, its slumbering parks, everything. No city has been better favoured by decline. For 200 years Bruges - I don't know why we persist in calling it this because to the locals it's spelled Brugge and pronounced "Brooguh" - was the most prosperous city in Europe, but the silting up of the River Zwyn and changing political circumstances made it literally a backwater, and for 500 years, while other cities grew and were endlessly transformed, Bruges remained forgotten and untouched. When Wordsworth visited in the nineteenth century he found grass growing in the streets. Antwerp, I've been told, was more beautiful still, even as late as the turn of this century, but developers moved in and pulled down everything they could get their hands on, which was pretty much everything. Bruges was saved by its obscurity. It is a rare place. I walked for a day with my mouth open. [...] I [...] never once saw a street that I wouldn't want to live on, a pub that I wouldn't like to get to know, a view I wouldn't wish to call my own. It was hard to accept that it was real - that people came home to these houses every night and shopped in these shops and went through life thinking that this is the way of the world." [Neither Here Nor There, Chapter 6 - Belgium, p. 72-73]
Bruges boasts some of the finest museums of the country, like the Groeninghe with a unique collection Flemish Primitives and the Gruuthuse about life in the Middle Ages. There is the brilliant gothic town hall and the majestic belfry, and the idyllic beguinage with daffodils in bloom around Easter. But Bruges is also a modern city, with a chocolate museum (and many exquisite chocolate shops!) and a brewery museum (with its own home brew). You can take a boat trip on the canals that cross the city or just stroll down its the many quiet romantic streets.
We have five bicycles at your disposal to explore the city as well. Bruges has also a modern concert hall with big names in classic as well as jazz on stage, and many cosy pubs and restaurants. Neighbouring tourist haunts include other historic cities such as Damme (5 km), Ghent (45 km), Ypres with the Flanders Fields museum, and the Ypres Salient of World War I with its impressive war cemeteries (40 kms), and Zeeland in the Netherlands (20 kms). Even the third largest city of France, Lille, is at only a 50 minute-drive (one-hour train ride). Antwerp and Brussels are both at 100 km, and of course well worth a visit. The Belgian coast (12 kms) is at spitting distance as well. Beaches are broad and sandy and ideal for children to play. More information on www.brugge.be

Occupation

  • teacher / social worker
  • teacher / social worker

Children

  • Boy - Age: 25
  • Boy - Age: 23

Pets

  • black cat