Chronicles of one girl's journey to London - from conception to eventual migration.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

GOEIENDAG BRUGGE!

Arpen, Julainne and I joined BritBound's "One Day in Brugge" tour on Sunday May 8th!
The trip was a great idea and one day is just long enough to see the sights in Brugge if you plan it right. However, because we were there on a Sunday, a few attractions closed early with a couple closed completely for the day. We missed out, unfortunately, on the Chocolate Museum and Old-Timey Museum. These were 2 things we were very excited to see but they were closed by the time we got there. So, instead, we got some Belgian chocolate, waffles, beer (they did anyway) and walked around the old town as well as went all the way to the edge of the central bit of Brugge to see some windmills (not that impressive in Brugge, sadly).

Brugge has a LOT of chocolate and candy shops. Julainne, Arpen and I bought some chocolate at The Chocolate Line which was absolutely the prettiest little shop. This one is a bit of a chain - they have another branch in Antwerp but is still strictly Belgian. It has the most interesting products on offer, right down to chocolate lipstick! The city's candy stores are also fun and most of them make their product on site which means most of Brugge smells like sugar and spice and all things nice.

Pink candy shop, smelled delicious!
Brugge is also called the 'Venice of the North', mainly because it is also famous for lace and canals. This is certainly true and the landscape of the city is quite beautiful because of it.


We did get to see where the Holy Blood is stored in Burg as well as climb the Belfry - 366 steps to the top of a bell tower (that we found out the hard way is still in use, my ears are still ringing) where we had a magnificent 360 view of the city.

View of Burg from top of Belfry
We returned to London by about 10.30 pm, tired but very pleased with our trip. Day trips are something I am going to look into more. They're certainly worth it for small cities and cost less than your average night out in London might!

4 comments:

  1. we went to the choc museum and it really isnt that impressive, so you didnt miss out on much!

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  2. ooh good to know . . . they do have an obama heaad now though which i wanted to see hahaha

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  3. You go to brugge, saw it and came back in a day...wow technology is awesome

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  4. honestly a great way to do it! tiring but v cool!

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