Thursday, 16 June 2016

Why You Should Visit Bruges

When I was in Belgium I knew I wanted to take a few day trips from Brussels. There are countless options to choose from, but I was super pleased with our choice of Bruges. Not even going to lie the movie In Bruges might have had something to do with swaying my selection (don't judge, "It's like a fairy-tale, isn't it, that place?"). 

From the moment we arrived after a short hour train ride from Brussels, I enjoyed the atmosphere, the architecture, and all the nooks and crannies of the narrow streets. It all felt like a movie set. We tried to make the most of our time in the small Belgian town from a canal boat tour, a market visit, waterzooi (oh the waterzooi!), cold pints, and the wonderful wandering and meandering through the cobbled lane ways.

If it wasn't clear already, I really liked Bruges and here are my top reasons why you should visit too

Canals and Boat Tours
Going on a boat tour of a city gives a new perspective to a familiar town or gets you up and close to a city's heritage. Waterways are the highways of the past (do I sound like a high school history teacher?) Plus you can sing "I'm on a boat!" and be cool AF.
{Erin Out and About} Boat Tour in Bruges

{Erin Out and About} Boat Tour in Bruges

{Erin Out and About} Boat Tour in Bruges

{Erin Out and About} Boat Tour in Bruges

The Food
This is where I first tried the waterzooi and it was just moments after this photo was taken that I feel in utter love with waterzooi. Plus it's super fun to say. Read all about the must try foods of Belgium here.
{Erin Out and About} Food in Bruges

{Erin Out and About} Food in Bruges

{Erin Out and About} Food in Bruges

That Square!
European cities are known for their town squares and I could probably write a post about my favourite ones in Europe...actually that's not a bad idea...the town square in Bruges would definitely make the top of that list. Museums, shops, history, culture, architecture, restaurants, flags, horse-drawn carriage, a grand statue, hustle AND bustle. 
{Erin Out and About} That square in Bruges

{Erin Out and About} That square in Bruges

{Erin Out and About} That square in Bruges

{Erin Out and About} That square in Bruges

{Erin Out and About} That square in Bruges

Endlessly Quotable
Yes, I saw the movie In Bruges and it made me want to visit. This place makes that movie endlessly quotable and fun to do, if but just NSFW. 

Ironically, we didn't make it in time to go up the bell tower, but the view of it from ground level was just as pretty. 
{Erin Out and About} In Bruges
"Been to the top of the tower?" 
"Yeah, yeah, it's rubbish"


{Erin Out and About} Why you should visit Bruges


Have you visited Bruges? What would you add to my top reasons to visit?


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