Hello, and welcome to the third and final part of my Bruges travelogue!
Following Wednesday's exertions, we'd slept the sleep of the dead, waking up bleary-eyed when our 8 am alarm went off. Drawing aside the curtains, we were met by a sky full of rain-heavy granite grey clouds. Add to this the chilly 7°C which had accompanied us on our way to breakfast and our first thought was to stay put. Snuggling under a blanket and finishing my book sounded very tempting, especially after Veronique sent us on our way with a tray full of scrumptious homemade mini apple turnovers!
I loved the wealth of colour and detail in the De Baenst Chapel, named after a prominent Bruges family. Deceased family members are commemorated with colourful, painted memorials in half-relief, called memorial scenes. They show the deceased, together with their patron saint and children, kneeling around the enthroned.
On the top left, the magnificent oak confessionals dating from 1697, considered one of the most beautiful baroque sculptures in Bruges.
The painting on the bottom left is the Last Supper by Pieter Pourbus, dating from 1562.