Thursday, 15 December 2016

A Christmas-y day in Bruges | Blogmas Day 15

Over a month ago, I was browsing cicevoyages for any interesting, upcoming trips when I spotted a cheap daytrip to Bruges. I've only ever visited Brussels in Belgium, and I adore it, so I jumped at the chance to get a direct coach from Lille - despite being at the top of Belgium, Bruges is only an hour's drive from Lille! We should have been a group of eight on this trip - however, Jess P ended up having other things to do and Luke fell ill the morning of the trip and couldn't make it (we missed you guys though!) so we were only six - Lauren, Jess R, Julia, Julia's two university friends Josie and Lucy and me.

When we arrived in Bruges, the bus dropped us slightly outside of the centre and we walked about 20 minutes to where everything is. The further we got into the centre, the more I loved it. Bruges is very Flemish and its architecture and style reflects its Flemish roots. The buildings were very quaint and I wanted to take photos of everything!

We started our day with lunch in a lovely little bar/restaurant just off the Grand Place (Jess' recommendation) where we ate far too much chicken before exploring the Christmas markets, which were very lovely - especially the numerous stalls selling handmade Christmas decorations! We were supposed to be going to an ice sculpture festival, but it was cancelled due to a high security risk. Instead, we spent the day wandering around the city, as it's a beautiful place to get lost in, and visited lots of chocolate shops. Earlier in the day, the group split up, and the other group discovered The Old Chocolate House, a lovely tearoom with the most exquisite hot chocolates so we had to follow their recommendation and visit later in the day. My hot chocolate was a huge mug of hot milk with a cup full of chocolate drops to pour in and melt. It was one of the best hot chocolates I've ever had!

I'd recommend a trip to Bruges to anyone, simply because it's one of the most picturesque places I've ever explored. I can't wait to return (Jess, Lauren and I are adamant that we'll get the chance to go with Luke). It was also so nice getting to spend the full weekend with Jess. She lives in a town outside of Lille so she can't always come to events and meet-ups, and it was just the loveliest thing having her stay for the weekend. Can't wait to see you after Christmas, Jess!!

As usual, I'll leave you with a selection of the 100+ photos I took. Bruges is so beautiful that I barely put my camera down.

the chocolate shops were divine

one of the nicest buildings.. and it's a zara

can't go to belgium and not have a kriek

the shops are so quaint

christmas spirit (we still can't work out what the symbol to the right is)

some of the most beautiful christmas shops are in bruges!

christmas things were everywhere

apparently some of jesus' blood is in this church

a man was blasting huge bubbles in the air in one of the squares, we stayed for too long watching/popping them

seriously bubbles everywhere

jess looking cute

watching a chocolatier make chocolate christmas baubles


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