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When in Bruges and Brussels

Sitting at my office desk, a mail notification popped up on my screen, I had been sent a link for a Eurostar deal for a £29 one way ticket. It was a no-brainer as to which destination I was going to book, seeing as I had only recently travelled to Paris.

There was only one advice bestowed unto me by  friends, and it was a day in Bruges was an absolute must! Bags lightly packed, passport and tickets safely tucked away, I was ready to explore.

Bruges

Medieval town Northwest of Belgium. Home to 16 Michelin star restaurants, horse drawn carriages offer tourist a chance to see the city whilst resting their tired feet. Canals, cobbled street almost has you thinking for a split second you are in Venice. Click here to read about Venice.

Train tickets from Brussels Midi station to Bruges costs around 23Euros for a return journey and it takes an hour, with trains leaving every 20minutes.

Top tip! Don’t get a a bus or a taxi from the station, it is better to walk as you not only see a lot more,  the walk sets the scene for what’s to come.

Walk from the station to the town centre

 

The from the station

The walk from the station

Recommended things to do include; visiting the Basilica of the Holy Blood, statue spotting,  make a pit stop in the  torture museum, sampling the vast array of thirst quenching Belgian beer in quintessentially Belgian pubs dotted around the city, tantalise your taste buds with some of the world’s best chocolate, take your time to really take in the intricate detail on some of the building and lastly rip up the guide book and simply wander.

The Tourist mode of transport for touring the city

 

Statue spotting

Statue of Jan Breydel

Statue of Jan Breydel

Sanctus Joannes Nepomucenus statue

Sanctus Joannes Nepomucenus statue

 

Two lovers statue

Two lovers statue

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This statue is located outside Picasso art gallery

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The detail is in the architecture

Bruges clock tower

Bruges clock tower

Burg Square

Burg Markt Square

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Intricate detailing on the building of The Provinciaal Hof

 

Town Hall

The Provinciaal Hof

Veer off the tourist path

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First sign of Spring

 

Chocolates lace and all things nice

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Foodie diaries

We had dinner in a French restaurant called “The Bistro and Bar One” The food was delicious, service attentive without being intrusive, great ambience.

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Interior inside The One Bistro

 

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Suggestion of the day display board

 

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Beef carpaccio

 

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Filet mignon

 

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Perfectly cooked filet mignon (medium rare)

 

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Triple cooked hand cut fries

Head to Erik Dumalin’s pub for a great  Belgian tipple where the owner has a portrait photo of himself on his menu

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Pub

Otherwise there are various pubs where you can have a cold glass of Leffe

 

Brussels

Unlike sleepy romantic Bruges, Brussels is a vibrant city, it is the capital home of the European union. Top things to do include visiting the Grand Place, see the Manneken Pis, walk the grounds of the Royal museums of Armed forces if you are feeling decadent, go champagne tasting.

Top tip It is quicker to use the metro/tube in the day time than a taxi as there usually is a volume of traffic especially during rush hour.

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Inside the metro

 

Art work on the underground: Artist Unknown

Art work on the underground
Artist Unknown

 

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The grounds ofthe Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History

The grounds ofthe Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History

 

Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History

Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History

 

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Guild Houses

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Manneken Pis

Manneken Pis unfortunately the statue wasn’t dressed up on this occasion. He is known to have a whopping 900 costumes!

 

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Notre Dame du Sablon

 

Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History

Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and of Military History

 

 

 

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How I feel after a plate of delicious food and some decent wine :)

 

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How I feel after a plate of delicious food and some decent wine

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Cinquantenaire triumphal arch

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Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert

 

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Grand Place

 

Foodie diaries

The last day was spent in Brussels where the sun came out just for us and with it being such a beautiful day in the city, there was only one thing to do; find all the best spots for delicious food.  An alfresco lunch followed by a couple of beers swiftly accompanied by glasses of champagne was the perfect way to end the perfect city break.

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Frites with spicy mayo

 

Find Noordeez Mer du Nord and have lunch Alfresco. Unpretentious seafood dishes cooked to perfection.

Find Noordeez Mer du Nord and have lunch Alfresco. Unpretentious seafood dishes cooked to perfection…. I had the grilled tuna, breaded mussels and croquette

 

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Grab a Belgian beer in Kwint. This bar boasts great views of Brussels with beers on the menu that are brewed only a mile away. The owner has a bag of charms…he calls all the women beautiful.

 

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Belgian waffle with delicious milk chocolate

 

Best place for champagne has to be Champagnothèque de Bruxelles. They have an exclusive selection of the finest champagne with some to sample from as little as 13 Euros per glass. The window display and the theatre style seats will be enough to draw you in

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Enjoy vintage champagne served in the prestigious Champagnothèque de Bruxelles. The decore alone will have you squealing with delight

 

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Champagnothèque de Bruxelles in Brussels

 

 

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champagne shop window display

 

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Travel style

I have always wanted to try the double denim trend since it came back in fashion, Brussels seemed like the best place to test it out as I was unlikely to bump into anyone I know,  should I have looked like a 90’s hot mess  I kept with the theme for my day and night time looks and simply swapped my footwear when necessary.

Coated dungarees

Coated denim dungarees

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Double Denim with frayed high waisted jeans

Double Denim with frayed high waisted jeans

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Denim skinny jeans paired with thigh high boots for night time dancing

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In the night time look, I simply swapped my converse for a pair of sexy thigh high boots (Aldo)

 

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I hope you enjoyed reliving my Belgian adventures with me, leave a comment below with your thoughts…

Ps on my next adventure there will be sun, sea and plenty of frolicking 🙂 …

 

barbara

Fashion for me must always contain a mix of individualism, character and an element of fun... My blog is the platform at which I can engage in two of my favorite things I.e. writing and fashion

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4 Discussion to this post

  1. Biki says:

    Looks like the spontaneous trip was well worth it hon! The architecture is picture-esque and the food, well I’m foaming at the mouth. Belgian waffles with melted choc, yummmyyy. Liking that killer denim dress too! Looking forward to seeing more of you on here ( :

    • barbara says:

      Hey Hun, I have found a definite comfortable subject that I can write about and not get unstuck on. Definitely looking for more adventures to write about. It will be the penultimate dream to get sponsored by a travel company #dreams

  2. Omolara nussi says:

    I love it😍

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