We arrived in Bruges around nine pm on Friday night and walked about ten minutes to our hotel. We lucked out because I hadn't realized that the front desk was only open until ten pm at which time the locked the front door!
We dropped our bags in the room and quickly headed out to explore the city since it would be our only chance to see it at night (We were only there until six pm the next day). We walked about 10 minutes on totally deserted streets, making our way in the general direction of the Markt Square. When we arrived there were lines of wooden shacks for the Christmas market. All but one of which was closed and of course it was the booth selling alcohol and surrounded by a couple dozen locals. We drank some local brews with some new friends and wandered around the square.
We were out and about before eight the next morning, wanting to make the best of our remaining hours in the city. We made our way around the alleys, as shopkeepers opened their stores for the day.
|Provincial Court @ Markt Square|
|Christmas Market in full swing|
|Basilica of the Holy Blood|
Probably the BEST thing we ate on our two week trip of Europe were the amazing Belgium waffles in Bruges. We tried them plain and piled high with yummy toppings, my favorite combination shown below(dark Belgium chocolate, strawberries and cream).
We arrived at the Basilica just in time to participate in a ceremony in which the relic of the Holy Blood (phial said to contain a cloth with blood of Jesus Christ) is displayed.
Bruges is dotted with canals which along with other cities, made it gain it's name as a "Venice of the North". These canals add greatly to the beauty, elegance and sense of romance the city has.
As part of our day in the city we, took a short boat ride (30 min) around the main canals of the city, affording us wonderful views of the medieval architecture around the city.
After the boat ride we walked around the city some more, focusing on the the areas further away from the city center.
We headed to the train station around five pm, after a quick stop at the hotel to pick up our bags, and then hopped on the six pm train to Amsterdam. Bruges was a detour off of our original itinerary, but I saw some pictures of the city on Pinterest and knew I needed to visit this place. It was more than worth it! Bruges is definitively one of my favorite cities and I really hope to go back some day.