Last month, Andy and I took off for a weekend in Belgium. Neither of us had been before and couldn’t pass up the chance to hop on the Eurostar again. I love the convenience and speed of taking the train to another country – it is just so cool.
We spent most of the weekend in Bruges, staying at Hotel ter Brughe, located right on a canal in a fantastic huge room literally hanging over the canal. I loved this hotel and they put on an excellent breakfast spread in the morning – highly recommended.
It was a pretty relaxing weekend; we intended to rent cycles and cycle around and outside of the city, but unfortunately it rained almost all weekend. We made the most of it, wandering around the impossibly picturesque cobbled lanes, checking out the well-preserved architecture and many canals and bridges. Bruges was adorable, although happily it wasn’t as ridiculously cute as I expected. It is still a real place, a functioning city with real people, which I appreciated.
We had lots of excellent (strong) Belgian beers and food, including plenty of mussels, frites, chocolate and speculoos. Not a trip for the faint of heart.
On Sunday morning it stopped raining and I managed to fit in a run along the path ringing the city, before we departed for an afternoon in Brussels. Definitely enjoyed ourselves and would love to go back to explore more.
Our Brussels afternoon was also a little rainy, but we explored some of the main sights downtown and met a quirky pub cat before boarding the train home. All in all a great weekend.