POSTCARDS FROM BRUGES

So way way back many centuries ago, Gary and I took a long weekend to go visit Bruges.

We had a couple of hotel vouchers to spend, a long weekend booked off in December and I was dying to see a European Christmas market. So off we went!

The trip involved my very first journey on the EuroStar which was… distinctly underwhelming.

I didn’t even realise we were in France until we actually stopped at Lyon. WHY NO TRUMPETS OR ANNOUNCEMENTS? WHERE THE BERETS AND BAGUETTES AT? These are important questions to be answered.

We arrived in Brussels, found our train platform, found our seats and whizzed away towards the teeny-tiny, absolutely BEAUTIFUL city of Brugge.

From the train station, we had to trek across pretty much the entire city to reach our hotel, and even then it only took us about half an hour to walk.

It’s so titchy and tiny and delightful!

Bruges Christmas

Bruges canals

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Our hotel was called Ter Brughe and was a lovely old corner building on the edge of the canal.

We found out later that it’s been around since the 1400s, and they’ve really worked hard to keep the period features present on the inside as well, which is nice.

I feel utterly in LOVE with our room!

It had wooden beams on the ceiling and across the walls, two huge windows, a MASSIVE bathroom and an absolutely glorious view over the canal, towards the cathedral.

After dropping our stuff off, we headed out to hunt down some lunch. Instead we found apple cake and proper Belgian hot chocolate.

I’d say sorry about this, but I’m really not sorry at all. Not even a little bit.

Belgian hot chocolate involves tipping chocolate chips into hot, steaming milk and whisking it around with your own little mini whisk until it’s as chocolatey or milky as you want it to be.

So chocolate, much good.

Bruges hotel ter Brughe

Blackbird bruges

blackbird bruges

Blackbird Bruges

I have no photos of the rest of that day but basically: we went back to the hotel so I could nap for 3 hours, then we went out for dinner, then we came back to the hotel and I slept for another 12 hours.

Apparently I was tired.

Which was fine, cos that’s what our trip was really about! Both of us have been really busy the last few months and, despite now living together, we’ve not been able to spend a lot of quality time just us two. It was nice just to hang out in a beautiful room and catch up on the little details of life.

The next day we had breakfast in the hotel’s lovely cellar, which is below water level so you can look out to the canal. Then we bundled up (Hufflepuff scarf at the ready!) and headed off to explore!

Bruges canal boat

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Bruges Christmas

bruges waffles

Bruges Christmas

Bruges sunset

Bruges sunset

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bruges mussels

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Bruges

Despite the slightly disappointing Christmas market (it’s smaller than the one on London’s Southbank!), we loved Bruges.

It’s such a pretty city, especially with all the Christmas lights everywhere and carols blasting out of speakers along the streets.

The canal boat trip was a fantastic way to see the city from a whole different viewpoint and our tour guide was fantastic! (Unfortunately I got stuck in the middle seat so all my photos have a multitude of people’s heads in them. Take note: make sure you get a seat on the edges!)

We also went up the bell tower (not a Colin Farrell in sight), drank plenty of mulled wine, ate waffles by the dozen, tried several types of Belgian hot chocolate, and watched the most spectacular sunset of my life.

A fab little city break! :)

Bruges Christmas

Bruges

HOTEL:

Ter Brugge

RESTAURANTS WE RECOMMEND:

Pieter Pourbus – we went here on our first night and loved it! Roaring fireplace and Christmas lights set the scene. We had a 2 course fixed price meal each of cheese croquettes (ohmygahd I nearly died – so good!) followed by steak and greens, with a lovely bottle of red wine. The bill came to a grand total of about £40 which was a total bargain considering it was probably the best meal we had out there!

The Old Chocolate House – this is a chocolate shop with a tea room on the upstairs floor and HOLY CHOCOLATE IT’S AMAZING. We each ordered a waffle, which came out hot and crispy, with warm chocolate sauce to drizzle on top. Then we each chose a type of chocolate and our waiter brought us huge BUCKETS of hot milk with the chocolate chips to pour in and whisk up ourselves. It was decadent and beautiful, and the chocolate was SUCH good quality. A definite must!

I’M WEARING:

Faux fur jacket (now in the sale!) + chain bag (ancient) from New Look // official Hufflepuff scarf // old Primark hat // Hannah Gale sweatshirt // Gap jeans // Sainsbury’s boots

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  • I really want to go to Bruges now! Mostly for the hot chocolate of dreams!

  • Looks like you had a really lovely time! Bruges looks like such a beautiful place. And I just love your Hufflepuff scarf!

    Mimmi xx
    Muted Mornings

  • The photos look so pretty! Sounds like you had a really good time. Hope your job is still going well, good to read a blog post of yours again!

    http://francescaandrews.com

  • Oh my god. This isn’t making me want to visit Bruges any less!!!!

  • Sophie

    Ah I went to the Christmas market in Bruges a few years ago and was a little underwhelmed too. But feel completely in love with the city! Did you see the windmills? It was such a pretty place to wander. And amazing food! Those sunset pictures are incredible!
    Sophie
    x
    A Story of a Girl

  • Kirsty

    Great post, your photos are fab
    Bruges looks amazing!!

    http://www.numbertwentysix.co.uk

    KT xo.

  • Aww Bruges looks absolutely lovely, such a pretty little city. Think I’ll definitely have to take a trip there one day

    bellesmoments.blogspot.com

  • Wow, how charming! I visited Brussels at Christmastime a couple years ago and loved it. Wish we were able to stop over in Bruges too. Will have to plan another trip soon!

  • megsiobhan

    I LOVES ME SOME BRUGES. Honestly, I was there for literally an hour or so when I went a few years back on a whim with some college friends for the day – but it was just so stunning and cute and I need to visit there again.

    That hot chocolate sounds so ideal, oh my god. Get in my life, awesome sounding hot chocolate.

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

  • Even if Bruges wasn’t adorable you’ve totally shown that it’s worth it for the food alone! X

  • What a cute trip! i’ve been to Bruges only for a day trip and unfortunately it was raining too so it definitely was a bit more than underwhelming for me… they do have really lovely tea rooms though. And all those waffles MMMM ;) it looks super cosy during Christmas I can imagine! The other place I want to visit is Antwerp which is more underrated apparently heheheh.

    Cherie x
    say hi at sinonym

  • Omg I love these photos! I was drooling at the amount of chocolate photos!!

    Alice
    thesmalldesk.com

  • Bruges looks delightful – those buildings!!! <3

    Gisforgingers xx

  • Looks like you had a lovely time! I love Bruges, it’s so beautiful and romantic :)
    Btw, your train must have stopped at Lille, not Lyon ;)
    Anne-Sophie – City Cookie x

  • ninegrandstudent

    I SO want to go to Bruges! Utterly jealous of your trip! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  • Oh lord, now I need to hop over to Bruge. It looks heavenly. I wanna go now & the hotel sounds so divine ❤️
    Bee | QueenBeady.com

  • OMG those sunset pics are incredible! I just love Bruges, it’s so pretty and you have captured it so well x

  • It looks stunning Katy, especially the food and the sunsets! Oh and all that chocolate yum yum . . xx
    Amy at Amy & More

  • So many stunning pictures! That sunset is breathtaking, and Brugge looks like such a nice city, and I would love to get a bite of that belgian waffle x

    – Anne | annesmiles

  • Bruges looks like something out of a fairy tale, it looks gorgeous. I’d definitely like to have some of that hot chocolate!

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog XX

  • Such beautiful photos! Perhaps I should add Bruges to my city breaks list…!

  • Cat

    I am so, so jealous! I’ve wanted to go to Bruges for such a long time (well actually, since I saw the film In Bruges hah). Belgian hot chocolate looks just as dreamy as those beautiful coloured buildings and the old canal. It’s a shame the Christmas market wasn’t as good as London! x

    http://www.moreaboutcat.co.uk

  • BRUGES IS THE PRETTIEST! The view from the tower is incredible, wish I’d gone up when I was there!

  • LOVE Bruges! And love the Hufflepuff scarf!

  • cannot get over how beautiful these pictures are! AND THE FOOD OH MY GOD, such a lovely post!

    Hannah at WRITTEN BY HANNAH

  • Georgia

    Gorgeous photos!! Looks like you had an amazing time, especially at the chocolate house! :) xx
    http://www.chaisngbelle23.blogspot.co.uk

  • It’s so nice to take time out and spend some quality time together! At home, we’re either doing work or on our phones so we go out walking to pubs and around the countryside (we live in Exeter and there’s not much else haha). So glad you had a good time, the hotel is gorgeous!! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Travel, Food, Italy

  • I honestly want to go to Bruge so much – it looks so romantic and dreamy and I just want all the hot chocolate. Think I might have to make plans for next Christmas!! xxxx

    http://www.fashionnomads.com

  • These pictures are so beautiful I want to go to Bruges even more now!!

  • These pictures are so beautiful I want to go to Bruges even more now!!

  • Oh it looks amazing! I definitely want to visit. You had me at those colourful buildings in the first photo! Love how you make the hot chocolate, that’s so awesome.

  • Sounds (and looks) like you had such a wonderful break! Beautiful photos too. I’d love to check out a Christmas market this year!

    hannatalks

  • Frey de Fleur

    Looks like you had such a lovely mini-break! I’ve always wanted to go because it looks so dreamy in photos and yours are no exception. Also nom nom nom to that apple pie! x

    http://www.freydefleur.com

  • MissLilly

    I love Bruges, need to get back

  • It looks beautiful! I visited Brussels last year and now very keen to visit more of Belgium -Bruges is now definitely on the list!

  • Kirsty Baker

    Oh my word. I’ve not long booked a trip to Bruges for the Christmas market and reading this has made me sooo friggin’ excited. I’m ready for ALL the hot chocolate and waffles, YUM.

    P.S. LOVE that outfit Katy xx

    http://www.kirstyburrage.com