This is a long overdue post on my trip to Bruges and Brussels… there were just so many photos to choose from that I have been putting it off! This post will mostly comprise of photos, as I believe that is the best way to do Bruges justice.
Bruges (Brugge) is one of the cities in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is a beautiful city, with canals running throughout the city – it is also known as the “Venice of the North”. It is easy to get to, as it is only an hour by train from Brussels Midi (where the Eurostar goes). It is a quaint city, complete with cobblestone pavements, horse drawn carriages, and of course… good food!
Grote Market – the main square in Bruges. (There were lots of people dressed in blue shirts there that day, along with lots of policemen. I still don’t know what that was all about…)
One of the best ways to see Brugge is by going on a canal boat tour. It costs around 5 euros (can’t remember exactly how much it cost), and lasts for approximately 30 minutes. The driver of the boat is also the tour guide, and imparts interesting little tidbits of information about the town.
This is where you board the boats, there are about four boarding points around the town. (You get off at the same stop where you get on).
A lovely view from the boat
One of the last remaining wooden buildings in Bruges – it is now a hotel (and a rather pricey one too!).
And of course, there was the food…
Coffee with a side of savoury biscuits (which I really enjoyed!).
The compulsory frites 😀
Delicious shrimp croquettes – creamy potato and shrimp pieces in a crunchy breaded casing… topped with more shrimps and chopped parsley. It’s a joy to cut through the crunchy-ness to reveal soft, gooey goodness.
A beef fillet which was cooked on the grill. This was good but not amazing.
The intricacy of the design on the some of the cakes truly amazed me… especially that cool geometric design on the Samba.
Cute chocolate penguins, I couldn’t resist taking a photo!
Delicious looking chocolates
Chocolate lollies with nuts and dried fruit
Getting creative with chocolate! 😉
Cakes from a small family-run cafe in Bruges (I can’t recall the name of the cafe though).
I spent a day and a half in this beautiful town, and I urge you to visit the next time you go to Belgium. You won’t regret it! And if you are still not convinced, I hope the following two photos of the most photographed corner in Bruges will convince you.
One more post on my Belgian trip to come up… of Brussels! 🙂