Welcome to Belgium. A land best known for two of my favourite things: chocolate and beer. This was our first official Busabout stop and it's still my favourite historic town we saw.
higgledy-piggledy brick buildings, cobblestone roads, canals, and friendly locals. Let me tell you, I called it "so cute" a ridiculous amount of times.
In Bruges" so we were excited to see the famous belfry where it all ended. (No spoilers)
With over 500 different varieties of Belgian beer we capped our first evening in Bruges with a couple of tasty brews. We never had the same one twice. Beer is super cheap here!Quasimodo Bike tour" where the history, and quaint charms of this town were explained by a fun, quirky and informative local guide. He explained the significance of all the lions and bears we had seen the day before. That in the last 11 centuries, they have had a singular victory against France, and have been independent for a total of 28 days, very much deserving of the proud and dangerous mascots *ahem*.
On that note, here's a question: where do French fries come from? Trick question? Yes!
The Belgians claim that American soldiers were introduced to these chips by foreign soldiers speaking French, thus assuming the name French fries. However those soldiers were actually French speaking Belgians. Funny huh!?
|This contraption does "the worm", its divided into segments and attached to strings|
Viewing "art", bridges and windmills until the end of our tour back in town.
|Our tour guide was the bald man on the left pointing.|
|It's a bear!|
Belgian fries, truffles and chocolate waffles were consumed. I don't really need to say it, but they all were incredible!
Walked around drinking more delicious beer. We had to try as many kinds as we could in a short amount of time.
And then the sun set on our time in Brugee, and what a time it was.
Quick Summary (TL;DR)Duration of stay: 1 full, 2 half days
Was it enough time?: Yes, for the old town you can absorb it without getting bored.
Where we stayed: St Christopher's Bauhaus Hostel
Time of Year: May
Best memories: Quasimodo bike tour and eating Belgian waffles
Worst memories: I came down with a cold on our last morning, so I didn't climb the belfry steps.
Top tip: Best sight seeing is late afternoon when all the tour bus crowds have left.
Next time: I would climb the belfry steps.
Bruges in a word: Medieval
Recommended?: Definitely, its not expensive but very memorable.
Overall experience: 8/10
Next destination: Amsterdam