Monday, 8 September 2014

A day trip to Brugge

Two weeks ago, Olly and I went to visit his family in Kent and we had around two weeks worth of activities to cram into six days. Challenge accepted. One of our plans was to travel to France for the day via the ferry from Dover to Calais, something which we do often. It also gives me a chance to go to Sephora and French pharmacies which definitely happened, so watch out for a post on that.

Whilst in France, we decided that we would go into Belgium and see the sights of Brugge. Despite only being a 2 hour drive away from Calais, the scenery and atmosphere is completely different. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I really did like it. Brugge itself seemed very small to me, much different to other European cities that I've visited. The centre is very traditional and historical, there were hardly any cars, in fact the most popular form of transport seemed to be horse and carriage which looked absolutely lovely. We were not short of restaurants either, although they do all tend to serve the same food which did slightly disappoint us. One thing to bear in mind is that it is extremely expensive, you could have knocked me down with a feather when I saw the menu's outside the restaurants and they all had sky high prices. Think 12 euros for a glass of coke! 

If you are after something loud, wild and filled with crazy antics, then Brugge probably isn't the place for you. It's quiet, peaceful, and pretty. It was just so nice to have a wander round, take in the sights and see what Brugge has to offer. Their are plenty of little boutique shops, along with big brand that we all know. Of course, I couldn't leave Belgium without picking up some Belgian Chocolate and stuffing my face with a sweet Belgian Waffle. Obviously covered in Nutella. Obviously. 

Such a lovely place, and one destination that I'm pleased I have ticked off my European City list.

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