Maybe you watched the film called In Bruges in which hitman “Ray”, acted by Colin Farrell, says Brugge is a “shithole”. Well, I found this offensive Ray.
We visited Brugge on January and yes, it was so cold that no matter what I wear I kept freezing… Other than that this little town of triangle-shaped orange roofs was A-MAZ-ING.
After we got off our train from Ghent to Brugge, we directly headed to our hotel, Bourgoensch hof. It is one of the most preferred hotels in Brugge due to its location and antiquity. Since it was off-season, we were able to afford it!
Yet our room was cold. Like the weather was not enough. Anyways, breakfast was included and it was enough for us in a city like Brugge which offers only a few cheap food place. Therefore, if you are planning to go to Brugge, spare a little more benjamins for food.
On the first day, we first went to Grote Markt since it was basically what we came for. And it did not disappoint us. The colors of these medieval buildings were so cute that they reminded me the candy house in Hansel and Gretel. Yummy! There is also a statue of Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck at the middle of the square surrounded by these houses, the Provincial Court and Belfry of Brugge.
So, wherever you look Brugge is ready to charm you…
Then, we went up to the tower. The entry price was cheaper than I expected because you know, places like this are generally expensive in Europe. Before climbing, you should arrange your time accordingly so that you can see how the bell rings!
In the tower, the stairs towards the bell became narrower and steeper adding an unexpected adrenaline and fun to our journey to sky. Even though, we did not think to catch the ring, we were lucky 🙂
When we were getting out of the tower, a man stopped me and started to cut something out of paper saying I have a beautiful profile. What? Really? And voila! He created a profile of mine with my beanie and what else from that paper in just 2 minutes. You can see it below 🙂
I was so impressed that I did not think of asking his name. Shame on me. And man, I can not read your signature, either!
You need to wander in the streets of Brugge and feed your senses, believe me. Every street leads you somewhere beautiful with stone pavements and cute houses. As I say every time, please get lost. Pace slowly those streets crossing tiny bridges under which duck families fly above dark water… Feel the atmosphere Brugge spreading for you and make a lasting memory from it.
Also, beers… There is endless choice of beer from fruity to spicy ones. I tasted Floris Witte Fruitbieren, Charles Quint, Brugse Zot, Kwak and many fruit beer whose names I cannot remember right now.
As Belgium is made of chocolate, you do not need to ask if there are delicious chocolates in Brugge.
As for my final thoughts, Brugge which smells like cold chocolate is now among my favourite cities. I mean, who does not like chocolate-smelling cities. I want to go there back but during warmer times so that I can enjoy it fully:)
Have you been to Brugge? Did you like it? Or does this post make you want to go there?! 🙂
And is not it similar to Telc I have told you about? I always think they are twin towns!