Have you ever had a weekend where you need a weekend to recover for your weekend? This was one of those. One of the best things about living in London is close proximity to so many other European capitals. Saturday evening on walking between bars on a Belgium beer tour a couple turned to us and said what you’re just here for the weekend? And the answer is yes, we just spent the last 48 hours in Belgium but it’s not crazy when you consider it’s only a two hour train ride from London (heck, I know New Yorkers who take far longer going to the Hamptons or Jersey Shore for the weekend). We stayed in the heat of Brussels, right across from the Stock Exchange and packed quite a lot in to our two days and two nights.
Then Sunday morning despite not wanting to wake up we grabbed coffee and jumped on an hour long train to Bruges. There we took another walking tour which charmed me even more than it did in my first visit, perhaps because of the wonderful weather or the delightful company. A long walk around the city was followed by a delicious lunch at De Koetse where I had the most enormous pot of muscles. We confined the walking – 20,000+ steps in all yesterday – to the river where we took a river cruise up and down the main canal of Bruges followed by a beer tour at Huisbrouwerij De Halve Maan. While there were many things left to do we sat in the beautiful park for a bit before we left in the early evening to head back to London via Brussels.