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Bruges, Belgium

Time was flying and our second last destination with Michael and Leonie was Bruges in Belgium. Within a few hours of arrival we all agreed that Bruges would have to be one of the prettiest European cities we had ever seen. We completely understand why it is listed as a World Heritage Site. It has a fascinating history (once the commercial capital of the world among other things). A visit here is well recommended.

The heart of Brugge old town

The heart of Bruges - 'Market Square'

Brugge is equally as beautiful at night...

Bruges is equally as beautiful at night...

We were staying right near Market Square and everything was still heavily decorated for Christmas including more markets and a very busy ice skating rink.

Ice skating in Brugge, typical winters day apparently.

Ice skating in Bruges, typical winters day apparently.

We decided we just had to try. There was definitely nothing graceful about our attempt but it was still good fun.

Us ice skating, or trying to anyway.

Us ice skating, or trying to anyway.

The ice is not forgiving at all. Harder than concrete it seems.

The ice is not forgiving at all. Harder than concrete it seems.

We climbed the Belfry, a medieval bell tower in the centre of Bruges. The tower is one of the city’s most prominent symbols and formerly housed a treasury and the municipal archives. It also served as an observation post for spotting fires and other danger. A narrow, steep staircase of 366 steps, accessible by the public at a cost of 8 Euro per adult and leads to the top of the 83-meter-high building, which leans about a meter to the east. and was surprised to see that the bells that are rung each hour between 8am and 8pm each day are in fact a man who sits in the tower playing the bells.

Belfast Tower

The Belfry

Bell tower piano player. Plays every day, a few hours a day.

Bellfry piano player - he plays everyday on the hour from 8am - 8pm

From the top of the tower the panoramic view out to Bruges is stunning and directly below at the main square, the image looks like something out of a toy story.

View from the Belfast

View from the Belfry

Bruges and well all of Belgium is famous for its Chocolate and each street is lined with many stores. How do you choose? We discovered they are all amazing.

Belgium Chocolate, need we say more...

Belgium Chocolate, need we say more...

Belgium hot chocolate, with real Belgium chocolate, gooooooood!!!

Belgium hot chocolate, with real Belgium chocolate, gooooooood!!!

This whole thing is made of chocolate...

This whole thing is made of chocolate...

Additionally they make exceptional waffles and are renowned for their mussels with Fries (or Friets).

Mussels are a signature dish in Brugge.

Mussels are a signature dish in Bruges.

Lace stores are also everywhere and beautiful tea houses, many that sell teapots. Yet these teapots are unlike any others you would have seen before. Shaped like pianos, doll houses, fruit, trains etc… You name it and a there would be a teapot design.

Teapots resembling just about anything you can think of.

Teapots resembling just about anything you can think of.

One small downfall in this city is that some of the locals are not very friendly. We had a very rude bus driver on our city bus tour (costs about 15 Euro per person – which we don’t recommend spending the money on), staff in some the restaurants were extremely abrupt and you definitely don’t get service with a smile. Of course this is a generalization but having been to many cities and towns now, this one did stand out as probably the most unfriendly.

Brugge from above (nice view from the Belfast Tower)

Bruges from above (nice view from the Belfry)

We also made a visit to the Ice Sculpture Expo. Seriously impressive works of Art. There was even a slide there made of ice. Safe to say the room was absolutely freezing but seeing all the sculptures made you forget about that, for a while, anyway…

Statue of Liberty Ice Sculpture

Statue of Liberty Ice Sculpture

The King

The King

Che Guevara

Che Guevara

Leonie on chair

Leonie on an ice chair

Pete on ice chair

Pete on an ice chair

Liss in an Ice sculpture

Liss in an Ice sculpture

Still it’s a city that is really enjoyable to spend a couple of days, enjoy a little shopping – the cute streets lined with picturesque buildings, horses and carts to take you around, several museums and many Belgium delicacies to try. There are a couple of tours that you can also book while there that unfortunately we didn’t get time to do but we have heard that ‘Fries Tour’ at the Frietmuseum (6 Euro) combined with a Chocolate Tour is apparently very worthwhile.

Check out our gallery for more photos of Bruges…. (soon)


  • Emily Mcewan

    hi! i love the photos, i went to Brugge this year and am desperately trying to find out the name of that tea pot shop! i took a photo of the name but it was on my phone and have since lost data can anyone help me please!!!

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