As much needed respite to break up our long journey from Corsica to England at the end of summer, Seb and I stopped over in Bruges for one evening. We arrived just before sunset, after an epic 9 hour drive from the south of France.
We stayed at the Hotel Pand, a romantic boutique hotel in the historic city centre. The decor was traditional but not stuffy, and we had a lovely breakfast to start the next day. Luckily the weather was great as well — blue skies and sun, but just a bit chillier than I expected. I had to pop into a local H&M to buy a cozy sweater as most of my winter clothes were lost in the sea of suitcases in the car!
Bruges old town is a UNESCO world heritage site, with lots of neo-Gothic flavour and Flemish culture. Like other European cities known for their historic canal systems, Bruges is a ‘Venice of the North’.
We had only until around 2pm to explore before catching our ferry across the Channel, so much of our time was spent wandering the cobblestone streets and soaking up the atmosphere. We passed by the peaceful canals, quiet medieval style residential streets, and indulged in some delicious food. Belgian beer, mussels and fries, and amazing waffles were on the menu!
I took home a lovely ceramic jewellery box as a souvenir, but I hope to be back sometime to browse the Christmas markets, which I have heard are some of the best in Europe.
Until next time, Bruges!