The Fairytale Land of Bruges

I had heard Bruges is a city that looks as if it came straight out of a fairytale. Well, I can tell you after being there for a weekend that’s exactly what it is. The petite houses tightly lined in a row felt like I was walking through Camelot. With the ivy growing up the walls, the chime of the church bells ringing throughout the day, and the smell of fresh waffles wafting through the air is a whimsical experience unique to Bruges.


The Belfry of Bruges can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. It’s located in Grote Markt, which is central to a lot of other shops, restaurants and bars, and cafes. You can even take a horse and carriage ride about the town.


After exploring London and Brussels, it was nice bring in a city small enough where we could mosey through the sleepy town and not have to worry about figuring our which train to take.



This little patisserie in particular was off the beaten path, but had some of the best pastries for breakfast. Our morning routine was grabbing a couple of pastries and an espresso, finding a park bench, and eating our delicious treats while people watching – that was the perfect way to start the day.


We found this restaurant pub called Cafe Brugge tucked between two shops off Wollestraat. It’s down a little alley way and is so small that if you blink you miss it. They had pretty good house beer, which paired perfectly with the cheese and sausage plate.


Bruges is a cute little city and I really enjoyed my time there. While I can’t say I’m eager to go back, I would definitely encourage others to visit if they find themselves in Belgium. Having said that, I really liked exploring the two other cities in Belgium (Brussels and Ghent). It’s been an interesting listening to the different languages and seeing the albeit slightly different culture within Belgium.

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