Chocolate, waffles, mussels and fries; Bruges – you know the way to my heart.
Bruges is such a pretty city with its cobbled laneways, cute little houses, network of canals and beautiful parks. There weren’t a lot of ‘touristy’ things to do but that didn’t make it boring. For me, Bruges was more about scenic based activities, like taking a canal ride (which sounded a bit cheesy but was really worth it), cycling around the city, admiring the architecture, wandering the cobbled streets, visiting the windmills, relaxing in the park and eating our body weight in chocolate and waffles!
We might not have taken a horse-drawn carriage tour around the city (not really my kind of thing), but we did manage to cross off some of the tourist activities, like climbing the 366 steps to the top of the famous Belfry tower to view the whole city. We also explored the local markets, came across some great galleries (the Absolute Art Gallery had a clever exhibition by Stephane Halleux on while we were there), walked basically the whole city, and spent far, far too long (and too much money) in the chocolate shops. The Chocolate Line was definitely my favourite – it had the most delicious hand-crafted organic chocolates. The salted caramel was the best but they also had amazing flavours like bacon and vodka-passionfruit-lime. We also managed to find a great brunch spot which had a cute Parisian vibe, the most amazing selection of pastries and, most importantly, served eggs benedict.
After a very relaxing three days, we had covered most of Bruges and sampled more than enough of the local delicacies. We ended up sleeping most of the 3 hour train ride back to London and before we knew it we were back on home turf, still full of chocolate-strawberry-waffle goodness.
© 2014 Fiona Tregeagle.