Travel

The Charm of Bruges

Who would have thought that I would have a chance to go back to Europe again after 3 years from my last visit. Who would have thought I would go to Belgium, the country I haven’t really heard much of. Well, I, of course, have heard about Belgium and its charm for a very long time but to be honest, never once I thought I would go there. But after my visit in May 2015, Belgium turned out to be one of my favorite countries in spite of its small size. Now I can’t wait to go back!

First city in Belgium I visited was Bruges, and before traveling to Bruges, let’s start off with a small town called “Presles”…the very very tiny town, yet very very cute.

I didn’t see much of the town I only went there to “have lunch” (sounds immensely important), visited around the town and my boyfriend’s house, it was very short, yet impressive.

From his backyard. Such lovely flowers.
From his backyard. Such lovely flowers.
Rapeseed fields occupying most of the town.
Rapeseed fields occupying most of the town.
I came to Presles to have lunch! :P
I came to Presles to have lunch! 😛

This dish is called “bouché à la reine with french fries”, the dish is very authentic and delicious served together with authentic Belgian fries. Fries are actually very well-known from Belgium. There are some secretive Belgian recipes to make fries delicious and appetizing.

After the warm and loving treat in Presles, We headed back to Brussels to catch a train for our destination tonight, Bruges.

Bruges is located in the northwest of Belgium, it is the largest city of the West Flanders in the Flemish region of Belgium. Bruges was once the important port of the world, it was at times regarded as ‘The Venice of the North’. I, myself, have heard about Bruges now and then in the travel books as well as from the stories of my friends’. The city sounded fascinating and I thought if I would ever have a chance to visit Belgium, Bruges will not be missed.

Here we arrived at the train station in Bruges, it only took 1 hour from Brussel-Zuid Train Station. We took a bus to downtown and walked quite endlessly to find the hotel I booked from Thailand. The rain started to drizzle until we finally found this ‘Europ Hotel’. Have I told you yet that it often rains in Bruges, sounds like the south of Thailand but it really does.

Somewhere the hotel.
Somewhere near the hotel.

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We did not do anything much after arriving at the hotel and the evening ended humbly with a football match in a cafe and famous burgers in town, good night Bruges!

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Next day was a city tour day. After breakfast, we started walking along the river near the hotel to see what this city has to offer.

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We were strolling around, chilling. Sometimes we did not know where we were going but it was okay. We were not afraid that we would miss anything, just go with the flow.

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came across Chocolat de Bruges, favored with so many good stuff :) Belgian chocolate is the best!
came across Chocolat de Bruges, favored with so many good stuff 🙂 Belgian chocolate is the best!
Basilica of the Holy Blood (Chapel of the Holy Blood)
Basilica of the Holy Blood
(Chapel of the Holy Blood)

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After lunch, we arrived at the City Hall, there were so many people there as if something was going to happen and we decided to wait and see as well.

Bruges's City Hall
Bruges’s City Hall
Waiting patiently with waffle de Bruges. :P
Waiting patiently with waffle de Bruges. 😛

After we had been waiting for so long and nothing happened, we still did not know why people gathered but too lateeee we wasted a few hours already. So, we went to find a restaurant for tonight in the drizzling rain, it was freezing cold as we sat outside but warm mussels served with fries did make up for the rain.

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That night eventually ended with pouring rain and we slept really deeply in the embrace of Bruges.