First off, this is a post about a trip I started April 1st. I know, I know; I’m sooooo sorry I’m so behind! But rest assured, I will catch up.
April 1st I embarked on a two week long (wannabe backpacking) journey. In that time, I visited 6 countries and 10 cities. I saw way too much to put it all in one blog post so I’m going to post by country instead.
First stop: Belgium.
When I think of Belgium, all I can see are waffles, beer, and chocolate. And Belgium did not disappoint on any of those accounts. I’ll get into more of that later. But what I didn’t know was how pretty Belgium would be. I have found in my travels that the countryside of any country is almost always the most breathtaking part of the journey.
Since we visited Belgium a little over a week after the attack on Brussels, we decided to spend most of our time in Bruges. Bruges is a small town about an hour north of Brussels. Often referred to as the Venice of the North, Bruges is a beautiful medieval town. It is also compared to Amsterdam and Venice because the small city has so many canals running through it.
One of the things Bruges is most well known for is it’s beautiful medieval architecture. The whole of the town makes you feel as though you’ve stepped back a few centuries in time. The cobbled stoned roads, red roofs, and massive Belfry tower are just a few of the things that make Bruges so distinguishable.
Since this Flemish town is so well known for it’s chocolate, beer, and waffles we made sure to try as much of each as we could. Unfortunately, the chocolate was a tad overpriced to be worth it in my opinion. The beer and waffles, however, were incredible. We visited a bar that was set in a 13th century cellar and enjoyed sampling a flight of local beers that were all wonderful.
Bruges is such a small town, it made it easy to get lost on it’s small streets and walk around the entire city in two days. Bruges was a joy to visit and a town I will surely return to one day. It showed me the beauty in the smaller, lesser known towns as opposed to the big name towns, if you will. Bruges lacks the hustle and bustle of a bigger city but sustains more character, history, and culture than many of the larger cities I’ve visited.