The sun is shining. The smell of a waffle with chocolate and strawberries. Two forks. An extra dot of whipped cream, I have something to celebrate. The sound of carriages. Cobblestones under my feet, a blue sky above me. Swans hiding for the heath underneath a fountain. Beckoning cheese platters. Beautiful architecture fights for my attention, and I can’t stop wandering. Holding hands. All streets amaze me. One bridge more beautiful than another. Walking in the monastery garden. Exploring vintage shops. Counting churches. The bike does not have to be locked. I flop myself down at a chair in our favorite cafe and choose an unknown beer. Light in my head. Belgian echo sounds. Where I am? In my city of love. I’m invited to explore Bruges again. Last year I celebrated our anniversary in Bruges with my love and we fell in love with this city. I already wrote once about Bruges and shared my hotspots, but it’s worth writing again. This year, around the same time, an invitation fell on the doormat. A sign. Time to to celebrate our love again in one of our favorite cities in Europe. A love that’s worth celebrating.
We use the Brugge City Card and want to lash out everything. Such a pass turns out being useful. We rent bikes, follow all local tips, visit more museums than ever, explore the city beer brewery and even step in a boat to float through the waters of Bruges. It is the only way to view Bruges in a completely different way and it turned out to be fun too. We visit a beautiful exhibition of Dahli, enjoy an pretty view of Bruges from the roof of the brewery and Bruges from the water is amazing. I enjoy wandering through the city. She is gorgeous. The accidentally getting lost on purpose. The amorous glances. The search for the best tasting beer, the finest cheese and the most beautiful places. The buildings with character and color. The Grote Markt is just as impressive as before, 19th-century buildings embrace three sides of the square and the fourth side is flanked by the impressive Belfry. The Minnewaterpark is soothing and the many bridges in Bruges steal my heart again. Stone artwork, the pointed roofs, always beer and Burgundian food nearby, thousands of swans, fantastic shops and sun-drenched terraces. And chocolate. Lots of chocolate. Bruges has so-called tourist highlights, but for me the highlight is Bruges itself. Bruges is enough as it is. A weekend spent in Bruges feels like living in a fairy tale for more than a week. See you next year, Bruges. Same time, same place.
Brugge Anno 1468
Bruges takes us in a medieval fairy tale one night. We take a seat at a long table in the former Jesuit church of Bruges to enjoy an evening during the middle ages: the dinner spectacle of Celebrations Entertainment: Bruges anno 1468. An imposing area for dining, the church is beautiful. I enjoy the fact that everyone is being placed together at long tables, our favorite thing to do is chatting with strangers. Especially when traveling.
A party banquet, beer and wine gushes. For the first time while being in Bruges it is not about the food, I’m all eyes and ears for everything that happens around me. Damsels, knights, sword fights, fire-eaters and falconers provide a dazzling show. This show is great fun for children (or business trips!) but we have so much fun as well, the jokes of the jester are hilarious. We are screaming louder than anyone else during the sword fights, I dive in first when someone is being asked to hold a falcon and with wide eyes I look at the fire show. It is a historical pleasant evening, and we leave late at night – as last ones.