A long weekend in Bruges – part 2

We woke up on the second proper day of our long weekend in Bruges to beautiful blue skies (you can read about our first day and a half here). It was typically my luck that the morning I’d woken early and gone for a wander was a day of relatively blank grey skies, whereas the day when we woke late and enjoyed a languid champagne breakfast was the day that there were beautiful blue skies and everything looked even more gorgeous than it had the day before.




My favourite horse and carriage in Bruges was definitely this one which always had a dog in the front seat – he looked very pleased with himself to seemingly be in charge.

As we’d spent the previous day in the centre of Bruges, we were keen to explore slightly further afield and also to avoid being caught up in groups of organised tours and so we decided to follow a walk in a guidebook we’d picked up. The walk would take us out of the centre, along the canal and out to North East Bruges where the self-guided tour would take us past four windmills before heading back into town. It was a nice easy route to follow and it meant that we saw a part of Bruges that I doubt many tourists visit, we mostly encountered locals going about their business as we went, admiring small peaceful streets and little churches and reading little historical facts from our guidebook to each other as we strolled. The walk was titled ‘Strolling through silent Bruges’ and it couldn’t have been more right, it was the perfect way to spend our Sunday afternoon.



Sometimes in our wanderings around Bruges and through the streets we came across these scallop shells on the cobbles of the streets. Apparently there are 40 of them throughout the streets of Bruges which mark the Bruges section of the ancient pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela. The shells are in homage to the pilgrims who walked the route.






Of course we couldn’t not indulge in another box of chocolates, strictly to keep our strength up of course…

…what made them better though was that they had a chocolate called ‘Lisa’. Obviously that one had to be mine!

Unfortunately, all too soon our Bruges weekend came to an end and we had to get the Eurostar back home to London and back to the reality of another week at work. I really need to make more of the fact that the Eurostar is right on my doorstep and so Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent are now on my list of places to visit in the near future.

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  • Lovely post Lisa, your pictures are great. I’ve always wanted to go to Bruges but you’ve made me even more keen now. X

  • Lovely post Lisa, your pictures are great. I’ve always wanted to go to Bruges but you’ve made me even more keen now. X

  • Sooo beautiful! According to my mum, I have actually been to Bruges but I can’t remember so I think a trip back is in order. I particularly like the photo of the cat, it’s brilliant! xxx
    Lucy @ la-lingua.blogspot.com

  • Sooo beautiful! According to my mum, I have actually been to Bruges but I can’t remember so I think a trip back is in order. I particularly like the photo of the cat, it’s brilliant! xxx
    Lucy @ la-lingua.blogspot.com

  • Great pictures again! One thing I wish I’d done was visit the windmills there but we only had a short time there too. I know what you mean about the tour groups, once it gets to a certain time, the city is teaming with them. We were lucky that our guide got us up early for our walking tours so we were able to avoid the crowds.

  • Great pictures again! One thing I wish I’d done was visit the windmills there but we only had a short time there too. I know what you mean about the tour groups, once it gets to a certain time, the city is teaming with them. We were lucky that our guide got us up early for our walking tours so we were able to avoid the crowds.

  • I really love Bruges it has wonderful architecture and lovely food. You are right that with the Eurostar everything is in easy quick reach from London. I really like Brussels and Paris too. Haven’t been to Antwerp but this will be on the list Lucy x

  • I really love Bruges it has wonderful architecture and lovely food. You are right that with the Eurostar everything is in easy quick reach from London. I really like Brussels and Paris too. Haven’t been to Antwerp but this will be on the list Lucy x

  • Simon went on a stag do to Ghent this year without me so he DEFINITELY owes me a trip to Bruges I think 😀
    x

  • Simon went on a stag do to Ghent this year without me so he DEFINITELY owes me a trip to Bruges I think 😀
    x

  • Miho

    i am absolutely dying to visit Bruges – I’m determined to go sometime next year, because as you say, it really is so close. Your photos are stunning and it just looks like the most charming and characterful place, it really hasn’t helped my wanderlust one bit! x

  • i am absolutely dying to visit Bruges – I’m determined to go sometime next year, because as you say, it really is so close. Your photos are stunning and it just looks like the most charming and characterful place, it really hasn’t helped my wanderlust one bit! x

  • I love the fact about the shells marking the pilgrimage route! Such an interesting tidbit and one of the main reasons I love your blog 🙂 The Lisa chocolate sounds completely delicious – I don’t suppose I’ll ever find a Tamsin chocolate! x

  • I love the fact about the shells marking the pilgrimage route! Such an interesting tidbit and one of the main reasons I love your blog 🙂 The Lisa chocolate sounds completely delicious – I don’t suppose I’ll ever find a Tamsin chocolate! x

  • Bruges & Ghent were definitely two of my favorite, and most unexpected spots in Europe! Love the picture of the cat! xx

    http://yourskenna.blogspot.com/

  • Bruges & Ghent were definitely two of my favorite, and most unexpected spots in Europe! Love the picture of the cat! xx

    http://yourskenna.blogspot.com/

  • i’ve been thinking about fitting in a mini break before Christmas- between this and Hamburg, I’ve gotten some great ideas, thanks! Especially the sweet horse and cart 🙂

  • i’ve been thinking about fitting in a mini break before Christmas- between this and Hamburg, I’ve gotten some great ideas, thanks! Especially the sweet horse and cart 🙂