At the beginning of the Summer I had a bit of down time at work and on a whim booked a trip to Belgium for the following weekend. Now that might sound crazy but considering it is only a two hour train ride from London, arguably it would be more spontaneous to go to Boston or Washington, D.C. for the weekend from New York City but Belgium just sounds luscious – and it was.
If you missed my Best of Brussels post go check that out first because I spent Saturday in the capital city before taking the train just under an hour to medieval Bruges. With only 100,000 people I felt instantly at home in the central square and it took less than 24 hours for me to fall in love. I have mentioned that there are not many cities I want to before I cross all of the main ones off my list but Bruges? I would go back any time.
To properly get acclimated with the city I took the Legends of Bruges Free Walking Tour which covered al of the Bruges hotspots – the Markt, the Belfry of Bruges, the Basilica of the Holy Blood, Minnewater Lake, and the Church of Our Lady while providing a great overview of the thousands of years of history the charming town has to offer. Oh, and because everyone asks – no, I have not yet seen the movie “In Bruge” with Colin Farrell but I promise I will soon. And now, for some photos:
After the walking tour I grabbed a bit of lunch and then stopped by the brewery which will be sure to get its’ own post. After the brewery tour, which I left still realizing I was partial to cherry beer, bought a ticket fro the river canal cruise. The city of Bruges is not very big so while the tour is only 30 minutes you do get to see most of it !