Brugge or Bruges trip

Walking in the streets of Belgium and rowing in the canals of Bruges make me realize how important history is for Europeans. Even the cities bombed during the World War have rebuilt their cities in the way it had been for centuries before the wars. Even in cities where there are new constructions, residents have tried hard to give it the same look and feel as the historical buildings. Not only has this reinforced the visual delight of living in history rather than making the entire city look like a concrete jungle.
India also has several historical structures that are older and more majestic than what is seen abroad. However I still don’t know of any city where walking on the old city gives the same pleasure. Most of the old city have so crowded and have narrow streets that navigating there without the threat of being stuck in the traffic jam or your pocket being picked. The sanitation level of the older sections of Indian cities are low and often the streets don’t have sufficient sunlight, fresh air or even clean. The smell alone can drive people away.
The solution Indian government has adopted is to evacuate people from the ancient structures in the same of preserving these structures or public safety. In several areas government has even torn down the sections of our heritage in the name of modernization and infrastructure. However why can’t our antique buildings and their inhabitants co-exist the same way they do elsewhere?

4 replies on “Brugge or Bruges trip”

Well thats a lot of travelling … Enjoy 🙂

in India there is humongous population mixed with high govt l corruption…where corners are cut and builder lobby and slumlord/vote banks r so influential that madam has to bend so there is no comparison….
Evacuating people.. i took the railways and govt more than two decades to evacuate encroachments on rail land , imagine the vt to thane route was only run at 10 to 20kmph in many places to avoid accidents etc
plus litigation takes tonnes of time ….

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