Our last stop in Belgium was in the fairytale city of Bruges. I have been hearing about Bruges for many years, as it is among my parents top favourite European cities. They are lucky to have travelled quite a lot throughout western Europe, and they always talk about Bruges with stars in their eyes. So naturally I was pretty excited to see what the hype was all about.
We arrived late afternoon, and after dropping into our AirBnB just outside town we made our way into the centre. We were charmed rather quickly by the gorgeous stone and brick buildings (nope, not tired of the ancient European beauty just yet!) and we wandered around for a while until dinner time, taking it all in.
After a delicious dinner in a lively Irish pub, we made our way back through town towards the canals. I have to admit, upon first glimpse of those tranquil waterways, I gasped! Even though we had just been in Amsterdam, there was a different quality to the canals here. It could be that it was now after dark, and the hustle and bustle had made way for a quiet, still evening. We could hardly wait to get back the next morning and have a proper look around.
The next morning, we got into town early, and spent a really full day walking, exploring, and enjoying Bruges. What an incredible place! So small yet full of life. Yes, it is touristy, but my goodness is it ever lovely. We could easily have spent a couple more days there, even with the mostly grey skies. I think we would definitely come back again some day.
Highlights from the day were definitely beer tastings, a charming canal boat ride, warm waffles and incredible chocolate, and the clip-clop of horse hooves throughout the day and night! Here are some more of my favourite Bruges pics.
We have spent a good deal of time exploring touristy spots in western France, and now Belgium and Holland. It may seem strange to some that we keep sticking to these big busy spots, but as first timers in Europe, there is just so much we have heard about for so long and we are really yearning to see it all. We’ve popped into small towns here and there as well, but seeing these famous places we’ve only ever heard and read about, there’s just something pretty amazing about it. The novelty has not yet worn off, and I don’t expect it to!
I have a little catching up to do here. I was laid up for almost a week with some back spasms (old chronic issues) and the kids have been busy with school, friends, sports. Life is still life, even in charming Loches. We’ve visited a few more châteaux, and celebrated a quiet french Hallowe’en. I’ll be back this weekend with more updates!