Bruges has always been on my top ten list of places I’d love to visit. Having spent an amazing New Years Eve in Brussels what feels like a lifetime ago, I have a soft spot for Belgium and the pictures I had seen of Bruges looked so beautiful I needed to visit.
When we first looked into the idea of booking ourselves a mini-cruise I have to admit I was hugely swayed by the fact that the ship would be stopping in this gorgeous city. I’ve been counting down the days for months until we would be there.
Last Sunday was that day. In our pre-parenting days my husband and I would try to go on at least one city break a year. I had forgotten how lovely it was to spend the day pottering around a new place, not knowing what would be round the next corner, finding a cosy bar to sit and have a drink.
We were lucky that the weather in Bruges was beautiful on Sunday, the sun was shining and as we were there quite early it wasn’t too busy. It was lovely to have time to walk hand in hand, nosey at all the amazing chocolates in the shop windows, and admire the stunning buildings. We’re so used to having a three year old with us who after half an hour would be complaining his legs were tired.
I probably didn’t take as many photos as I should have done but sometimes it’s nice to just enjoy the moment. My photos don’t even come close to capturing just how stunning Bruges is, but hopefully they might give you a little bit of a taster.
We took one of the boat tours and found this cool dude just chilling out watching the world go by.
As well as having the opportunity to see this beautiful window filled with lace.
Any city that has a shop dedicated to Christmas decorations is a winner in my eyes.
Sadly, we only came across this place as we were leaving to return to the ship but I could see us easily losing an afternoon sitting here watching the world go by.
Bruges was everything I hoped it would be and I came away feeling that it was a really relaxed city. Maybe a part of that was because it was a Sunday but despite being quite busy by the time we came to leave it never felt hectic or chaotic.
I always judge a city on whether I would want to go back there and I would go back in a heartbeat. It’s certainly a place I could spend a few days getting to know a little bit better.