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.