Not too many peaceful nooks and crannies remain in Bruges when the tourists fan out in droves between March and November. A reliable refuge is the Sint-Anna Quarter, with the Sint-Anna Church and its rich Baroque interior at the heart of it. This is where Bruges’ blue-collar workers lived their lives and today its web of cobbled lanes is about as tranquil as the “Venice of the North” will get. Running like an artery through it is the exception: the Langestraat, a bustling lane lined with candle-lit tapas bars and cozy eateries, ending in the green belt which surrounds the city core and that boasts four ancient windmills. The 15th-century Jerusalem Chapel, an exact replica of Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built by a patriarch of the affluent Adornes family, serves as one of Bruges’ oddest landmarks. The same family’s homey boutique hotel sits on the Sint-Annarei, a waterside lane offering as scenic an evening walk as we can imagine.