Bruges

A few weeks ago I filled in an online form to book myself a trip to the Isle of Wight for the weekend. And then I never heard back from the company! Until the week of the trip itself, when I had already decided I couldn’t be bothered going anywhere and I was going to mope around at home instead. Then they left a message on my phone saying there wasn’t any Isle of Wight trip any more, but would I like to go to Bruges for £60?

Without giving it a second thought I called them back and said yes! It turned out to be a good decision – I haven’t been outside the city limits since January 8, and that is too much London for anyone, even a city girl like me.

Saturday morning saw me boarding a coach near Victoria Station at 6:45 am. I was ever so proud of myself! A couple of hours to Dover and then we were on the ferry to Calais. After Calais it was time to introduce ourselves on the coach microphone – funnily it turned out almost everyone was there on their second choice! There was one other lone traveller, Patricia from Perth, so we spent a lot of time together over the weekend.

The weekend was pretty relaxed – Patricia and I did a canal boat tour and then hit the shops. There was Belgian chocolate galore, and I picked up a couple of pairs of shoes – with my narrow feet, I always have more luck on the Continent. Underwear shopping on the other hand was a disaster as the pretty styles only came up to a B cup! I did buy some lovely pyjamas though, as if I need more! There was also a Tintin shop:

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In the evening the group went out for dinner and then to a bar where they have 400 Belgian beers. I tried Zot, which is the only beer made in Bruges. It was very very tasty!

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Bruges was very pretty and very very old. It wasn’t destroyed during the war so many of the buildings are 400 or 500 years old – incredible. There’s even a bridge dating from the 14th century, I think.

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There are more photos up on Flickr and I will post more about my trip later this week!

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2 thoughts on “Bruges

  1. Hi Sarah! Sounds like you had fun in my home country… I went home to see my family last weekend and stocked up on chocolate as well. Hurrah!!! Anyway, hope you’re well – sounds like you are and let me know if you’re going out salsa dancing soon. Lise x

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