Bruges is beautiful the second time around.
This time around we were quite aware of our history and better behaved. The hordes of tourists were still there (even during winter!) and it took a lot of effort to even get a decent restaurant reservation anywhere, but we muddled through and got to see the city with new eyes. Unlike in the Colin Farrell movie though, we only admired the Belfry Tower from afar. Had to leave something else to do the next time we’re in town.