We visited Bruges (Brugge) for a lovely weekend over Easter with a group of friends. After a mid-morning channel crossing we arrived in Bruges just after lunch on Friday.
We booked in to our hotel and went off to explore the city. The weather was so cold we had frequent hot chocolate breaks before moving on to sample a few of the many hundreds of beers brewed in Belguim later in the evening.
Our bed and breakfast, called the Hotel Adornes, was welcoming and nicely decorated. The owners were very friendly and helpful. I like older buildings and admire the Belgian style of decorating . My favourite room in the hotel was the dining room.
I loved how it was decorated and with the fire burning on the chilly mornings we had, it was a really warm and welcoming place.
We spent the weekend on foot, exploring all over the city and took the chance to experience a boat trip down the canals and a horse and carriage ride around the older parts of the city. Both were a great way to get an insight into how the city was founded and to see the beautiful buildings from a different perspective.
While we were on foot, I became fascinated with the door furniture. Most of the buildings were very well maintained and I liked the understated colours of grey, green, inky grey-blue and a rusty tomato red.
On Sunday we headed into the city fairly early as we wanted to see the start of the Tour de Flandres and cheer on the UK cyclists. On our way, I noticed there was an almost perfect reflection in the canal.
Bruges by night was equally as charming. You could sit outside and warm up under the canopies of the bars and restaurants who heated the outside area by the door and a mulled wine always helped!
Bruges was a lovely place to visit with plenty to see. The history and architecture was very interesting, the people were welcoming, there were more types of beer than I will ever remember and there was chocolate to die for. What more could you want from a weekend?