Bruges, Belgium | Interrail

Monday, 6 July 2015



Bruges was put on our list as a stop-off between Paris and Amsterdam. To be honest, I just wanted to go because I really enjoyed the film ‘In Bruges’.


When we got there (after sniffing down where the massive waft of chocolate that had us drooling instantly was coming from), we headed out towards the centre to find our bearings. Our bearings were somewhere set in between many side streets and sign posts that we didn’t understand. It was purely a guessing game, using back streets as mazes and weaving our way towards distant tall landmarks.
Eventually, we found our way to an area where other people were, much to our relief, and so we began to take in our surroundings much more and attempt to learn what Bruges was all about.



We firstly stumbled upon ‘The Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse’. Bronze statues of what appear to be skeletons riding horseback. These statues symbolise the four different events that will take place at the end of the earth/time. They are traditionally name as War, Famine, Pastilence and Death.

Following through on our route, we discovered The Church of Our Lady. Although no photographs were taken inside, the church had a beautiful gothic interior. It was ‘Mary month’ in May in Bruges, and so there were many tributes and thanks towards the Virgin Mary inside.


And, at last, we found the main square including the beautiful bell tower. Unfortunately, Colin Farrell was not hanging out of the window, but it was easy enough to imagine!


Bruges was extremely picturesque. Without knowledge of the city, this is the only reason I imagine somebody would visit. Oh, and the amount of ducklings that were swimming their first routes.


With little knowledge of Bruges, I don’t think we embraced the place as much as it could have been. Although, there was no denying that it was beautiful; The side streets and canals made for a beautiful picturesque scene that explain the flurry of people stood beside lakes with their cameras (including myself). It was just like a fairy tale.

I made sure that I bought some Belgian chocolate – how could I not?! I bought it from a little chocolate shop named Olivier's Chocolate Shop and Bar that we discovered after hunting down a waffle shop (Lizzie’s wafels) that was unfortunately closed. The chocolate was handmade and beautiful. If you ever head there, I definitely recommend the crispy nut chocolate (if you aren’t allergic to nuts, of course), if you don’t fancy nuts, go for the cookie and caramel one – although not quite cookie, more little pieces of cornflakes in truffle – amazing.


And of course, we had to have a waffle. We decided on Chez Albert as it smelt amazing when we walked past, and we weren’t disappointed. Rich melted Belgian chocolate smothered over a gooey warm waffle, topped with strawberries and a patriotic Belgium flag. Ugh, what I’d do to have that again.

Oh, and also, there were a couple carrying their cat around in their bag – need I say more about Bruges?

Little bits of advice:
  • Yes, there are many different little streets and roads, but half of the fun is weaving your way around them and discovering new places. No need to buy a map.
  • You must try the waffles, if anything.
  • Hot chocolate is made from melted Belgian chocolate buttons. Yep, I know.
  • Belgian chocolate seems extremely expensive. Take into consideration that most of it is handmade. The price is worth it, trust me.
  • To explore everything only takes a couple of days; make it a stop off trip or a long weekend.
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