Monday, March 2, 2015

Snapshots of Bruges


Last year my boyfriend and I visited Paris for our anniversary and this year we decided to keep it a bit closer to home. We still have to see so much of Belgium, so we thought Bruges would be a place to start. It is one of the most famous cities in Belgian... I mean it even has its own movie (sort of) called "In Bruges", which I definitely recommend!

Bruges really has a lot to offer: history, beautiful buildings, canals, more cobble stones, lots of tourism, shopping, chocolate, waffles and an outrageous amount of tea rooms. Its historical center brings you to the Medieval period (minus the sewer smell from those days, yuck) and it certainly has a romantic ambiance to it.

What you will not find a lot of (or well, I sure did not) are bars. Ok, well, maybe you will find a couple of bars. Walking around the center on a saturday night we only came across one pub that was open. It was very bizarre. You will find all kinds of restaurants, bistros, and tea rooms... but pubs or bars for a drink in the evening? Yeah, not so much. Maybe it was me. Anyways, I got really thirsty that night. 

It was really windy so I wore my wind-proof jacket and brought my Myrine knit cap (from the winter 2014 collection) along. I am loving the pointy ears! Oh, and here is a picture of the cobble stones for those of you who have no idea what I keep nagging about. Bruges is known for its canals so there were plenty of them around the center where you could admire the sight and take pictures. Unfortunately, Bruges is a really popular city so it is quite crowded. When walking towards Gentspoort it became quieter and there were less people, so that was a nice change. 

Included in our hotel arrangement were two tickets for the Historium. I expected this to be somewhat similar to the Dungeons (you know, London Dungeon or Amsterdam Dungeon) where you have live actors who take you through the different events that happened during a specific time period. This was not the case. Upon entering you were led up the stairs and through the building with a headphone and a narrator whilst watching a short movie in different rooms and settings. Historium is about a love story of two characters (and lots of smaller roles) related to Jan van Eyck's paintings. I thought it was a bit corny and a silly way to teach an audience about a city so rich with history. 

We walked a lot and saw even more, so eventually I built up quite an appetite. For lunch we ended up at Merveilleux, which is one of the nicer looking tea rooms that is both posh but affordable enough (perhaps not on a student budget). It is located on a side street of a very crowded shopping street, right by the Muntplein and offers a moment to rest your feet, fill your stomach and warm up with a delicious pot of tea. I tried a tea that was supposed to give me some energy and I think it worked because I was energized enough to keep walking around all day (after having a short nap in my hotel room). All in all, I really enjoyed my time in Bruges! It was beautiful and the old buildings were restored and cleaned well. Where should I visit next in Belgium? What do you advise? And what do you think of Bruges?




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  1. I think that bruge is a lovely place and should be visited at least once in lifetime :)

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    1. Well, glad I can scratch that off of my list then :P I hope you can visit it (soonish) too!

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  2. Mooi verslag en leuke foto's! Ik zou zelf ook nog wel graag een keer naar Brugge willen, het lijkt me echt heel sfeervol met al die oude gebouwen :)

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    1. Dank je wel :) Het is zeker mooi om eens gezien te hebben!

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  3. Ziet er heel mooi uit. Wat leuk dat jullie hier samen zijn geweest. Ik heb al veel over Brugge gehoord en gelezen en zou hier graag een keer naar toe willen.

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  4. Brugge is echt een prachtige stad en wordt vaker over het hoofd gezien als mogelijkheid tot citytrippen. Gent is ook erg mooi! Kan je misschien doen op een volgende citytrip?

    x Karen
    http://dressinginlabels.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh, echt waar? Ik hoor constant dingen over Brugge moet ik zeggen! Gent ben ik eigenlijk al een paar keer geweest, maar nooit echt om de stad te ontdekken.. meer om te winkelen xD haha. Ik ben wel van plan om er nog een keer naar toe te gaan en zowel de toeristische plekken als minder toeristische plekken te bekijken.

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  5. this is such a beautiful place....lovely pictures and you look so fresh :-)

    www.crazyaboutcolors.com

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  6. Wat een super leuke fotos! heel mooi

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  7. Amazing shots girl...love how you captured everything so nicely :D

    www.freshfacebeauty.in

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  8. Heel erg leuk om te zien en wat heb je ook allemaal mooie foto's gemaakt!

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  9. Je moet zeker een keer naar Kortrijk afzakken. Ik kan je massa's tips geven! You won't regret it ;-).

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    1. Ik begin ook meer en meer over Kortrijk te horen! Ik wil er zeker eens naar toe ^^ ik weet je in ieder geval te vinden voor de tips haha :D

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  10. Ah zo fijn dat je in Brugge was, echt een prachtige stad! Ik hoop er binnenkort ook nog eens naartoe te kunnen gaan, het is echt al zo lang geleden!

    X Sara

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  11. Wauw! Je hebt echt prachtige foto's gemaakt! Heel mooi :) xx

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  12. Such beautiful photos <3 I've never been to Belgium but would love to visit someday! Oh and I love your hat! so cute! Sounds like you had a lot of fun :)

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    1. It certainly has a lot of charm.. I love how romantic and soft everything looks due to the old buildings and yellow lights. Where have you been to? Which places have you visited? Aww, thanks for noticing :D

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  13. Bruges is beautiful! One of the most fairy-tale like places in Belgium imo :-) Lovely snaps.

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  14. Super leuk verslag. Wij hebben het Historium ook gedaan, wel een beetje kinderlijk. Marco ging wel eens uit in Brugge op een soort pleintje. Dat ligt net verstopt achter het centrum.

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    1. Ah, kijk.. dan ben ik niet de enige! Eigenlijk had ik om tips moeten vragen, maar ik had niet verwacht zo weinig/tot geen drinkplekken tegen te komen. Alleen restaurants en tea rooms :')

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  15. Oh wat een leuke foto's!
    Je bent zo cute met dat mutsje hihi ;)
    Brugge is idd een beeldige stad! Moet snel ook weer eens gaan se!
    Love, Lima xoxo

    www.limaswardrobe.com

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    1. Haha, dank je wel, Lima! Het was wel nodig met de sterke wind xD

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  16. What a romantic, romantic place! So anniversary-appropriate. :D Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures with us. What, no photos of you two? ;)

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    1. Ah, thanks, Jaa! Haha, yeah we didn't take lots of pictures together actually. We rarely do. We're really observing (taking in the environment) rather than photographing it all (and ourselves).

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    2. Same here actually! My bf and I rarely take photos together. LOL

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  17. Happy anniversary to you guys! Im with Jaa on this one - "what no photos of you two ":)) ( Jaas one to talk!!). Anywhoo...i actually watched that movie sometime ago and wouldnt have sat thru it if it wasnt for Colin Farell but I do remember it pretty well - even that canal looks familiar to me from the movie heh Whats the ORA for in that last pic..letters on some building behind the arch, could that be ahem..sephORA ??

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    1. Thank you, Dee! Yeah, it's worth a viewing for one time. I thought it was quite interesting.. but no need for a repeated watch haha. Colin Farell did help out! Unfortunately, we don't have Sephora in Belgium :( *heartbreak* so that store is called Pandora and sells jewelry!

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  18. It sounds like a nice place to visit! another to add to my long long list! Oh how I miss that time when we could decide on Friday and bo off on Saturday! Not possible anymore with kids, but you get to do some more interesting family stuff that's "equally" pleasant!

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    1. I can really understand! City trips might not be the best idea.. perhaps when they grow up and show an interest in it themselves!

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    2. then WE'll be TOO OLD!
      lol
      but we have traveled a lot ;) we stayed 8 years without children, so I'd say it is fair.

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  19. Happy anniversary! I'd love to go to Bruges someday! When I was over in London, I actually didn't get a chance to go to the Dungeons LOL. Seemed like a gimmicky tourist trap (says the girl who went on the Eye, to the aquarium, to Buckingham Palace, etc) But yeah, I did drive through Belgium on our way to Germany! (Our tour guide was Belgian, so he did tell us a bit about the country)

    Anyways, the architecture in Bruges is amazing! You are so damn lucky to live in Europe--such quick access to all these amazing historic places and different cultures!

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! Oh, you got to do a road trip through Europe? Did you enjoy it? Where have you been to? Yeah, it is one of the many things I love about living in Europe :D You're quite right about that! I actually really enjoyed the London Dungeons.. but I was 17 at the time.. that might have had something to do with it :P

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  20. Very nice place Natasja!! Happy anniversary to you guys. It's a great idea to travel together, isn't it? :)

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