Bruges: a medieval Flemish beauty

Our very last city on our Euro Trip 2017 was the beautiful Belgian city of Bruges. I never knew anything about this city, just that it was the birthplace of Doctor Evil. I had no idea how gorgeous it was and I’m so happy we fit this visit into our last stop in Belgium.

Bruges is a medieval town, which looks like it came out of a fairy tale. The cobbled stone streets are lined with old Flemish homes, the gothic-styled buildings and churches loom from overhead and the dreamy canals bring a touch of whimsical beauty. Flemish language and culture still dominate this Belgium city. Bruges is also home an extensive amount of museums and hosts numerous music festivals throughout the year.

 

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Brussels: chocolate, frites and so much more

Belgium is our final destination on our Europe trip for 2017. We spent one day and an afternoon in Brussels and one day in Brugge. I absolutely loved Belgium, or as the locals say Bruxelles. It’s such a melting pot of different ethnicities and French flare. The chocolates and desserts make this a place I would definitely return for. Just give me another 24 hours of chocolates, waffles, fudge, croissants and Belgium frites. It’s definitely not the place to visit when you’re on a diet.

This was my first time visiting Belgium, so I had no idea what to expect from Brussels. I knew that French was the prominent language, so I was expecting it to be a little bit like my visit to Bourdeaux. I wasn’t expecting it to be a full-on tourist destination like Rome or Paris. I didn’t mind it though because the rest of the destinations on this trip weren’t big tourist meccas. It did mean we had to try to avoid tourist traps to get the best out of our trip. Our friends also met us in Brussels, since they live just over the English Channel in Kent. So it was lovely to discover this amazing city together.

So since we visited so many parts of Brussels over a couple of days on foot, I have split this post by neighbourhood. The areas we covered include the Center of Brussels (surrounding the Grand Place), Îlot Sacré, Stalingrad, Marolles, Sablon and The Upper Town (Haut de la Ville).

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