The typical presentation of Brugge, the one that most come to expect, is that of the fairytale. Gingerbread houses and horsedrawn carriages. Spires, gargoyles, castle facades. It's true that all of that is Brugge. But it's also the quiet, neighborhoods around the corners, the cobblestone streets, narrow and lined with bikes. Running along the river, [...]
Beautiful Brugge, my second visit, this time for the Christmas Markets. Fourteen of us made the ferry voyage from England; one travelled via train from Brussels. We were a large group in a small city, and we all had a wonderful time. Disorganized, but together to kickoff the holiday season. Chocolate, beer, waffles, and all.
Little Lissewege, fifteen minutes outside of Brugge via train. It was so quiet and cobbled; sometimes, we felt that we were the only people there. To the market, in the pub, on the platform - we *were* the only people. Our AirBnb, a renovated cafe, slept all 15 of us comfortably. And that's what brought [...]
Belgium, magical fantasy land of chocolate, waffles, and beer. When I asked what to expect before we departed on our four-hour journey across the Chunnel, I was told, "Disney World." I would say that's accurate. The candy-colored carved houses, the charm - there are even horse drawn carriages! What I didn't know before we went: [...]