On Sunday, the final day of our weekend getaway – the old adage proved true encore une fois that early birds not only catch the worm but also are served warm breakfasts by the generous hosts of B&B De Goede 13. All freshly baked and prepared for the two of us, the hospitality was so warm that we regretted not having spent enough time with the hosts. After all, true voyagers spend time with people, not just with statues and monuments.

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 The view from inside is certainly much more pleasing

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Situated on the first floor with a balcony and view of the canal, we were given the best room of the house, we reckon Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 When your room has a front balcony with a view of the canal, you can’t help but marvel at it Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Stairway to heaven? All that you need after day long excursion Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Entrance of BB De Goede 13 Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so cheer up!

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Having spent an eventful first day in Brugge, on which we have already published a post recently here, we were all ready to spend the 2nd and final day to be Brugged-up!

Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Let’s explore! Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 The day began with a cloudy note Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 The cobbled streets are perfect foraption

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Brugge is a window display heaven, if we may say so!

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Later the sky turned blue and there were no shortage of sunshine

The old proverb also proved that along with catching worms and warm breakfasts, early birds can also climb the Bell Tower of Brugge without having to wait in long queues. We did have to stand in one because this famous landmark of Brugge is frequented by so many visitors that they have to temporarily freeze access for safety reasons. So beat the crowd, be there early to see the breath-taking view from above and to see the bell ring in action – may be waking up the sleepy town on a sleepy Sunday.

Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 The Bell Tower standing tall, ding dong ding dong!

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Wearing sunglasses is optional inside the Brugge Museum

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 The Bell Tower Courtyard, have a rest if you are tired climbing it

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 It is a towering achievement to have climbed the Bell Tower, by climbing, not clawing Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Happy voyagers on the Bell Tower Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Brugge skyline just waking up to the gorgeous Sunday morning Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Distance to the home city – as shown in the railings of the Bell Tower

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Brugge from up above, why not!

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 You only hear the bell ring, but here you see what makes the bell tick Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 The intricate pieces of technology that keeps the clock ticking

The Markt, where the Belfry or Bell Tower is located, is the nerve-centre of Brugge with scores of tourists, restaurants and chariots ready to take the visitors around. We descended from the Bell Tower and explored an exhibition by the enigmatic Salvador Dali instead.

Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 The Belfry (Bell Tower), the crown in the Brugge skyline

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Eventually, the second leg of our anti-clockwise walking discovery continued and we started to walk towards the locations where traditional tourists generally don’t venture into. We found out that towards the north-western side of the town there were many scenic locations next to the canal with fewer tourists and with equally beautiful bakcdrops.

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 A pose by the canal, but at a quieter location of town

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 As you can see we went little crazy with clicking clicks at the sight of the canal

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Did you know that flowers grow in windows? In Brugge atleast

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 A piece of poetry, as found in the windows, for the reading pleasure of passers-by

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Its all about asking the right questions in life, not necessarily finding the right answers Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 A picture perfect alley, a picture perfect day

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 The doors will open if I cross the legs the other way?

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Is there a divine solar power charging the green?

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Hard to believe that this #UNESCO World #Heritage #medieval town is just 260km away from #London. Perfect for a #weekend getaway, we made the most of our two days in #Bruges. The entire town with its cobbled streets and narrow alleys is a walkers paradise. We discovered the medieval monuments on foot and also made sure our knees are put in good use when we climbed the 366 steps on top of the Belfort. Nice little strolls along the array of traditional waffle bakeries and chocolatiers was greeted from time to time with the sights of the Church of Our Lady, #Beguinhof and the encircling canals flowing pretty like a necklace around Bruges. The striking architecture of the houses, the beautiful windows adorned with fresh flower pots and pristine white crochet curtain displays were perfect ingredients to the making of a fairy tale landscape. A toy city, is what I will call it. May be fewer residents than tourists which gave us the impression that the town was all for ourselves as we walked along. Not to miss was visiting the oldest pub in town, seeing the windmills and ofcourse buying some authentic designer chocolates from #ChocolateLine. The fitting conclusion on the last evening was served during dinner with #Flemish cuisine. Like the majestic white swans that keep floating on the canals that surround Bruges, we felt the soothing feeling that this town gifts to every visitor that comes to experience its medieval charms. #onetimefashionistagoestobelgium #visitbrugge #belgium #traveltheworld #travelblog #travelblogger #passionpassport #worlderlust #wanderlust #love #londonblogger #worldtraveler #photoftheday #instatraveling #instadaily #traveldiaries #voyage

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A must visit while in Brugge is the oldest pub in town ‘Vlissinghe’ located towards that north-west corner of the town. Founded in 1515 and still holding on to its old-school, medieval charm – the pub doesn’t actually offer wide range of food options, but having a Belgian house beer on the courtyard is a must-have experience to any traveller.

Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Yay we found the oldest pub in Brugge!

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 A bit of history while the food is being prepared Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 A sunny courtyard of the Vlissinghe Cafe

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Bring your friends over for a lunch around this table

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Any idea if this was used to brew beer?

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Old school design, old school vibes of the Vlissinghe Cafe

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 A compulsory activity in Brugge, try out Belgian beer at the oldest pub in town Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Some Flemish soup to be had at Cafe Vlissinghe

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After some beer to fuel your engine, it would be ideal to head to see the windmills situated in the western belt of the town. Truly speaking, no comparison to the likes found in Holland for example, in terms of antiquity or history – nevertheless the windmills of Brugge called St Janshuis and Koelewei Mills – did add some character to the repertoire of sights and sites of Brugge.

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 The wind is blowing from that direction so we are looking there

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Does the wind mills to make the green greener and the blue sky bluer?

Back to the city centre, your exploration will remain unfinished if you don’t snap up some Belgian chocolates as souvenirs and we strongly recommend letting loose at The Chocolate Line by the award-winning chocolatier Dominique Persoone who have supposedly mixed chocolate recipes with pretty much everything eatable and unthinkable.

Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 A photo in front of the real monument of Brugge?

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Needless to put a caption

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 White chocolate, dark chocolate, brown chocolate, just don’t be late! Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 The cat who got the cream

If time permits, it is worth spending some time near the statue of Jan Van Eyck towards the end of the Academiestraat road to see the elements of the town together.

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Obviously bicycles cannot be taken to float on the canal

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Can be easily mistaken as a makeshift film production set

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Statue of Jean Van Eyck adding to the character of Brugge

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Before signing off the final day, an easy stroll will bring you back to the centre to settle down with some artisanal meringues ready to be savoured and devoured at Aux Merveilleux. So irresistible they were, we ended up savouring each and every available flavour! It was a relief to find out that they have not one but two stores in London. We can always get a sugar dose, whenever we want!

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 The list of authentic meringues to try out at Aux Merveilleux

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Budge in Brugge, Remedy for the Bruise: Part 2 Temptation, guilty pleasure and repentance all served in one tray

But the culinary conclusion did not end there. For dinner, we had to try out some signature Flemish cuisines and no place in Brugge seemed to serve it better other than Pietje Pek. Tucked in a cosy location away from the maddening Market Place, we tried out some Flemish Beef Bourguignon “Westmalle” for Shehzaad and for Tanusree some Bruges Waterzooi – Fillets of salmon and cod in a white wine sauce with baby vegetables, encircled by Scottish prawns and served with salad and French fries.

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The key take-away from the weekend special walking discovery of Brugge was that the medieval Flemish town did not have a specific location or two which could be labelled as scenic. What ‘beauty’ is to you – Brugge is exactly that at every corner and every turn. Bags full of Belgian chocolates in both your hands in Brugge– will prove to you how ‘balanced’ your life can actually be. We felt content to tick off Belgium as the 40th visited country in our Voyage List, so when do you want to go to Brugge?

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beautiful photos

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Nice post OTF with amazing pics

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