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.
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.
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 detail is in the architecture
Veer off the tourist path
Chocolates lace and all things nice
We had dinner in a French restaurant called “The Bistro and Bar One” The food was delicious, service attentive without being intrusive, great ambience.
Head to Erik Dumalin’s pub for a great Belgian tipple where the owner has a portrait photo of himself on his menu
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.
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.
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
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.
Denim skinny jeans paired with thigh high boots for night time dancing
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 🙂 …