While recently in London, I took advantage of being so close to continental Europe over a weekend to head out on an adventure, much like I had done earlier this year with a weekend in Paris. This time, I chose to go a city & country I’ve never visited before – Bruges, Belgium.
A quick 2 hour trip from London, the internet was brimming with good things to say about the tiny medieval village of such historic significance that UNESCO designated it as a World Heritage site in 2000. Canals, chocolate and a french fry museum? Sign me up!
Travelling with my friend Anna, we arrived via the Eurostar after a delightfully interesting dinner on the train with, of course, a miniature bottle of wine. It’s Europe after all. We trusted the amazing reviews for Hotel Dukes Palace and were not disappointed when we drove up to a renovated castle – yes, a real castle.
The hotel was spectacular – beautiful inside and out and I will not lie about the level of excitement that was garnered when we discovered the hotel stocked L’Occitane en Provence toiletries. One of the easiest ways to tell a good hotel, in my opinion, is the quality of the toiletries. We even purchased some of the toiletries in full size to bring home!
The rest of the day was spent wandering the streets, visiting the spectacular Markt, doing some browsing of the Christmas Markets, a trip to the French Fry Museum (not joking, this exists) and, of course, some browsing of the local lace shops and my very first visit to a Dille & Kamille store. Everything in the core of the city is within walking distance and just wandering around the cobblestone streets will make you feel very much like you could be transported back to the Medieval era that the city was founded in. A strong recommendation is to hop on the boat tour that goes up and down the canals; it gives a great perspective to the city. We topped off our busy day with a mug of Belgian beer and some moules frites at a local restaurant – a Belgian specialty of mussels and French fries.
Sunday was spent dedicated to one aim and one aim only – the obtention of chocolate. We tested, tried and tried some more until we had enough chocolate to
fuel our chocolate needs bring home to our friends .
Overall, this was a perfect weekend getaway and 48 hours is more than sufficient to view this historically beautiful city. Relaxing, charming and full of delicious foods – can you think of anything else one needs in 48 hours?