Joss Stone (2007) hummed out “And I’ll be alright / And I’ll love again / And the wounds will mend / I’m bruised but not broken…”. But in Brugge, you will neither be bruised, nor will be broken. Rather this Flemish medieval town is a cure for a broken heart, or a delight for those who love to budge all the time.

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December 2000 was our very first experience of travelling together. We had Indian Rupees 4000 ( nearly 50 British pound) saved from pocket money (given by our parents) for a week long trip to Rajasthan, India. Since then we were bitten by travel bug and continued this passion. Now its one of our professions or part time works as you may call it. Last year alone we spent little over 37,000 British pound (wish we could be backpackers but hell no! we like our good hotel rooms or carefully chosen B&Bs and no cheap food for us please) on travelling from our own earnings. As we said earlier, we set up our priorities- spend on food, fashion and travel. We have no regrets for letting something else go (for not having done). Many, as you know, will want to take multiple journeys at same time i.e. great job, big house, big family, big bank balance, a few "holidays", some family pictures, festivals etc. Whereas we wanted to be voyagers of 'life', not typical tourists, not holiday makers. So having a singular goal helped to focus all our energy- mental, financial, physical towards this objective. We have visited 40 countries as of today. We could have visited 40 more had Tanusree not have to pay for her ridiculously expensive post graduate research studies (self-earned), and if, only if we could be backpackers! No regrets…voyage will continue so long as we live. #OnetimefashionistagoestoBelgium #Coupletravels #Couplegoals #VisitBrugge #traveltheworld #traveldiaries #travelphotography #travelblogger #travel #photoftheday #passionpassport #wanderlust #worlderlust #worldtraveler #love #longtermrelationship #instafashion #outfitoftheday #brugge #canal #instadaily #lifegoals #thoughts #40countries

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May be if you would have started to swim or to row from the UK through the English Channel you would have reached the shores of Brugge earlier than by any other means. But Eurostar offered the right way to reach the UNESCO Heritage City of Belgium with a comfortable and easy train ride from London St. Pancras. While we were arguing whether it is ‘Brugges’ or ‘Brugge’ or ‘Bruges’, we were in Brussels in just above 2 hours on a Friday afternoon and then another hour of train ride up north and voila! Another weekend getaway and we were there to discover the flame of Belgium – the medieval Flemish town of Brugge.

Notwithstanding the fact that our guest house B&B De Goede 13 was just too artistically and gorgeously decorated and we were given a warm welcome by our generous Belgian hosts, we thought to distance ourselves from the comfort and charm of the accommodation until later in the evening. So as always, we dropped our bags in the room and started to walk – the best way to discover Brugge.

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The canal that surrounds the entire town of Brugge was visible from our room which naturally meant that the celebrated white swans of the town were seen every time floating and fishing about in their aqua-scape. A nice little walk ‘swan-watching’ and we entered the cobbled streets of the old town area. Being late in the Friday evening, the walkways were virtually empty and the rays of the setting sun created the majestic impression in the minds of the newcomers in town.

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We got a fair amount of idea about the surroundings, made a mind-map while settling for some dinner at a cosy Greek restaurant and returned to rest well before the ‘walk till you drop’ excursion in store for the following day.

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Our friendly hosts were kind enough to suggest a couple of walking routes on a map. We decided to take that and as usual, altered it according to our whims. There are reasons why Brugge is called the ‘Venice of the North’ and the water-ways going through the township with artistic and archaic bridges over them just proved that point.

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The zigzagged roofs, the vacant alleys, the flowerpots outside the windows and the medieval architecture were enough to set the backdrop for a magical and fairy-tale exploration. Worth noting that the early birds ‘on a summer morning’ catch the worm ‘and avoid the mad-tourist-rush’. Hence, explore early in the day to get the best experience of Brugge.

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We started to take an anti-clockwise walking route touching the key points of attraction. Flea markets, items of home décor and design and the general buzz in the air were perfect for a Saturday morning. We walked until the southern tip of the inner city where the canal is protected by a dam controlling the flow of water into the sea.

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Walk back towards the north and we entered the peaceful reside laden with poplar trees, the unique medieval Beguinage. This was the ‘location of peace’ of the ‘beguines’ – the Flemish religious women, widows and spinsters who created this mystic movement to lead a self-supporting life outside the usual norms and demands of the society.

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The walking discovery then unequivocally led us to an endless number of chocolatiers and waffle shops along the way. You may stop drinking water or breathing air but while in Brugge, you have to eat Belgian waffles and devour Belgian artisan chocolates. Waffles for lunch by the canal is always a good idea!

You must try 3 things when in Belgium: Belgian chocolates, Belgian beer and Belgian waffle. Eat like a local when travelling. Trying out local cuisine is part of your entire travel experience. This is what separates a holiday maker and a typical tourist from travellers/voyagers. We fail to understand why would some typical tourists and holiday makers eat at Mcdonalds or Subways or the likes and at restaurants serving their home country cuisines when on holiday!? Get out of your comfort zone and experience the things a new place has to offer, including its food. #onetimefashionistagoestobelgium #love #waffle #passionpassport #Bruges #visitbrugge #food #eating #eatlikealocal #travelphotography #travelblog #traveltips #travelblogger #traveldiaries #wanderlust #worlderlust #worldtraveler #photoftheday #foodporn #foodphotography #instatraveling #instagood

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Parallel to the beguinages, something unique about the Brugge landscape was the ‘houses of the elderly’ or the ‘almshouses’. A small peek inside was enough to introduce the tranquillity and reflection – of both light and life – that prevailed inside.

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It is imperative to check out the ‘Madonna of Bruges’ – the original marble sculpture by Michael Aangelo showing Mary holding baby Jesus found in the Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk (Our Lady Church) and then immediately head towards the back of the church to get yourself photographed sitting or standing in the ‘most romantic bridge’ in Brugge.

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No surprise, there will be many more ‘romantics’ like yourselves so the queue may be long, gate-crashers may be many and the perfect moment may take some time to be captured in the lenses.

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The frequent sights of the canals and the water-boats carrying people naturally meant that we wanted to tick this activity off the bucket list. It was important to make sure that the late-evening boat-rides, which lasted for around half an hour, were ideal to stay safe from the scorching mid-day sun. Certainly it provided another much enjoyable exposure to the history and architecture of this picturesque town and we also floated alongside the real kings and queens of Brugge – the White Swans.

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A longer day meant that there was also sufficient sunlight to visit the magnificent Basilica of Holy Blood. Gorgeous architecture all throughout and the plaza where it was located was impressive enough. One may wonder that the proximity of such historically important sites within easy distance to each other, surrounded by the gently flowing water body, conveyed very well how self-contained and protected the town was in medieval times.

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Brugge certainly offers many a culinary option to savour, just don’t venture at the ones situated at the main square called the ‘Markt’. It is almost certain that the prices you will pay will be higher, something you can avoid just by discovering another eatery in the side-alleys. We were fortunate to have discovered the rooftop Moroccan food-joint O’teur. While watching the summer sun preparing to take a dip and after having heap loads of waffles and chocolates in the day, not a bad idea it was to settle with couscous and mint tea.

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Fully saturated and stuffed, a gentle walk back to the room was imperative but the Brugge sun and certainly the Brugge moon – did not fail to amaze us with their delightful twilight colour displays. The silhouette of Brugge – contrasted clearly as gorgeously as it did in the day, so it did during the sunset.

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Completely ‘Brugged-up’ and ready for more, we finally gave in to the comfort of the beautiful accommodation to gear up for the following day of discoveries.

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