I fell head-over-heels in love with Bruges… I couldn’t get past the architecture, street food and canals filled with white swans. I can still taste the waffles and mayonnaise-covered frites! After a short train ride from Amsterdam, we arrived in Bruges where we checked in to our very sweet BnB Le Flaneur, which was filled with antique store finds, friendly owners (who made sure I had enough cheese on my plate at breakfast) and a very cute puppy. It was a little out of town, which made for a nice walk each day to-and-from where we were able to see some non-touristy streets.
We took our time in Bruges very casually, just walking around enjoying the sights. Ryan had to stop every five steps for me to ohhh and ahhh at the pretty architecture and canals. Here are some highlights from our relaxed visit to Brugges…
The very famous Labrador named Fidel, hanging out his window, keeping check on the canals. Ryan and I sat and watched him for a little while and every time a boat would float past, everyone on board would squeal with excitement. He really had the right idea on life.
Beautiful Autumn colours everywhere. I always try and take in how pretty Autumn leaves are as we don’t get much of it in Perth.
We enjoyed a mid-morning coffee break at the sunlight-drenched Vero Caffe.
The Bruges Triennial was on during our visit and we were treated to some contemporary art and design around town. We picked up a map and did a walking trail of a group of installations, including this glass sculpture in the main square.
Bruges has plenty of intriguing sculptures scattered around town.
Chocolate stores galore! The chocolate here really was something special. Apparently Dumon is one of the best, and I have to agree.
We tried the beer at De Garre, one of Brugges oldest pubs which is hidden down a laneway and tucked into a corner. The beer here is served with a side of cheese… is this how beer should always be consumed (!?)
On our first day we jumped on a little canal ride tour and floated around Bruges. It was such a nice way to take in the town. The air was crisp but the sun was out. After the tour we went to the very picturesque pub shown below and enjoyed a beer tasting while taking in the sunshine. The gift store here is filled with very cool Tin Tin merchandise… I wish I had purchased something.
I loved seeing bikes up against walls and would always stop for a photo. I’m not the only one too, check out #baaw on Instagram.
Waffles and frites kept our bellies over-filled.
Bruges at dusk is incredibly beautiful. The medieval buildings become gold and grandeur. Magic hour in a fairy tale city.
We walked to the top of the Belfort and admired the view from above. I would have loved to have done a hot air balloon ride here, but didn’t book the tickets in time (whoops!).
For our last day in Bruges, we joined this bike tour around the countryside, where we we visited windmills, a small town called Damme and drank local Vedette beer while remembering how lucky we were to still be on our holiday (with plenty more to go!).