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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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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