Chocolate, sunshine, Colin Farrell, gingerbread buildings, turrets, canals, lace, chips & mayo and medieval cobbled streets. What more could you want from a weekend city break?
Everyone has asked me whether we preferred Brussels or Bruges and I honestly can’t say. Bruges is quaint, teeny, full of meandering streets and canals, chocolate shops and frite stores catering for your average cheesy tourist. They do also however have something called ‘samurai sauce’ for your frites which I’m disappointed we didn’t try.
We turned up in Bruges having done no research whatsoever, and simply followed our noses (and initially the rest of the tourist off our train) down into the village mostly untouched by the modern world.
Oh, except in a few places…
The architecture was a beguiling mismatch of styles, decoration and twisty alley ways bringing you to yet another interesting building.
This building on the main square looks like it could easily house Volturi, but sadly hosts the Bruges Medieval museum which has about as much bite and interest as an orange.
Brussels is much more of a city, and takes coaxing to find the quirky delights, but seems to have something for everyone. Beer, Margritte cloud post-it notes, Invader street art, more chocolate, restaurants that just sell waffles, beautiful buildings, Peter Pan statues in hidden gardens, laughter and a Eurostar station.
I can tell you what I did find though, my new home. Now, I only need to get it to London…
What’s your favourite of the two cities?
Oh, and psst don’t forget it’s almost time for the monthly travel link up – this month’s theme is your favourite travel – add your post to our linkup between the 1st & 7th, share a little comment love and read in wonder. I’m not sure how I’m going to pick…