Will the language of Bruges be the new universal language?

People from Bruges have a thing about languages. Not only are they proud of their Bruges dialect, they also excel at Flemish wordcraft, calligraphy and poetry. Everywhere in the city you can read philosophical inscriptions and eccentric messages. On the wall of the Bargerhuis, on the gate of the Minnewater hospital … In Café Vlissinghe, the oldest pub in Bruges, you’ll have to get out your best West Flemish accent or you may be thirsty forever …

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Guido Gezelle and St. Anne's quarter

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