They read the legend on the swans, and found it really funny how animals can have such an impact on the told stories. Coincidental we stood at the “Blinde Ezelstraat” (Blind Donkey Alley) and I told them this little, but very beautiful street also had an ‘animal-legend’.
|View towards the Burg square|
After the long way up and hazardous trip down they loaded the dragon on a cart. When they came at the edge of the city, at the gate which was at the side of the Burg square, the donkey that pulled the cart refused to move one more inch! What the robbers didn’t know was that the donkey was born and raised in Bruges! So knowing they wanted to take the dragon out of the city, the donkey refused to move any further.
Sometimes you’ll be told the robbers blindfolded the donkey, sometimes it’s said the robbers stabbed it in the eyes so it couldn’t see any more. The poor animal didn’t know what was happening and the robbers still got their price.
But, in honor for his effort in trying to keep the dragon in the city, the street where he came to a stop is named “Blind Donkey Alley”.
|Blind Donkey Alley seen from the Burg Square|
|This is in the Alley, where the first gate of the city was. Here the donkey stopped.|