With James & I living long distance again and for the foreseeable future, I find myself regularly defending our decisions and circumstances. It’s as tiring as the travelling. We’ve chosen this way of living together for the now and for our future.
When I arrive in Brussels on a Friday, I know how lucky I am, it may not be perfect but we make it. Last weekend, I arrived in Brussels to a jam-packed itinerary planned by James with restaurants booked here and there, and a day trip to Bruges (Brugge to the Belgians) planned for the Sunday.
A quick hour drive by car and we’d arrived in this small city, the capital of West Flanders in northwest Belgium. In the centre, the streets are intertwined by the Rozenhoedkaaianal, a little like Amsterdam or Venice, and lined with buildings dating from 12th to 15th centuries.
As with most Belgian cities, Bruges hosts a beautiful Grote Markt – the perfect place to enjoy some moules frites or the Christmas market from November onwards – and, of courses chocolate and waffle shops galore.
With the tempting Chrismas windows, I couldn’t resist popping in for some shopping. You may recall from my Christmas posts last year (Christmas Festivities, The Holiday Season at Home, My Homemade Decorations, Introducing Terry, Tis the Season) I am obsessed with Christmas and as soon as Halloween is over, I throw myself into the festive season full throttle.
In Bruges, we found this delightful toy shop turned Christmas wonderland called, Käthe Wohlfahrt, every wall is covered in decorations. If you’re ever looking for a specific decoration, I bet they have it, you can check them out online.
Having bought many many decorations for our first Christmas tree last year, I promised James that each year, we’d buy just one or two special decorations to add to our collection… so I was only allowed to buy one decoration but I was delighted by the sentimental yet modern piece I found.
I first visited Bruges earlier last year with my mum and friends and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. This year, I was fascinated to find new little streets and historic features like this market square, where traders were selling their art and homemade gifts.
After lunch, and in true Bruges fashion, James & I enjoyed a classic tourist canal trip, it costs around €8 each for 30 mins and – especially if the weather is this glorious – it’s worth it
My Bruges bar & restaurant recommendations:
Jilles Beer & Burgers – where they match your burger with the perfect beer, I suggest the house beer Rostekop
Brasserie Central – a tourist hot-spot, I recommend the Moules
2be Bar & Beer Wall – a must-stop, even if just for a photo but a great spot for a beer overlooking the canal