If you live in the mighty London, from time to time you just know you need to get away from it all! Now, I’m not saying there isn’t anything to see in United Kingdom, but most of the time we are all in need to escape.. the culture! So where better to go than in the neighbourhood?!
Brugge can be the answer. Perfectly small for a weekend getaway, not too confusing, amazingly beautiful and hey, they speak Flemish, although that is not one of the official languages of Belgium. Odd enough.
If you’re the type of traveller who likes to do it on a budget, a simple room in IBIS Budget will be more than enough. It was for me, and there’s one simple reason: I love to spend more of my time while travelling, actually travelling. I mean, NOT watching TV in my hotel room. WHAT is the point in doing that!? So in this case, a bed, a shower and warmth is all I need at the end of the day.
Getting from IBIS budget in Brugge to city centre is a 10 minutes’ walk. And what a walk! Paved and tiny streets, beautiful and small homes, all decorated with flower pots by the windows and entrances. You don’t see too many locals, only tourists capturing everything there is to see.
Yes, I believe that Brugge, as small as it is, it’s quite expensive and the quality of the food compared to the prices is just not a good match. I would feel more comfortable eating sandwiches all day long than going to restaurants where the cheapest meal can be around 10 Euros, and believe me, I wouldn’t pay even 5! Nope, not exaggerating! So if you decide to travel to Brugge on a budget, really research your food places, otherwise you will get disappointed.
On the other hand, you’ve got all these other places, called Chocolatiers, which are too, kind of expensive, but let’s be honest here.. Chocolate doesn’t really have a price! Especially when it’s handmade in Brugge, from fresh ingredients and every time you go into the shop, you get a taste of their chocolate, knowing what you’re definitely buying, after.
To note that, the weather in Brugge is very much alike with the one in the UK. Quite windy and gloomy, although it can be sunny as well. Anyway, to not forget your long sleeve top even during summertime! (and umbrella for the worst case scenario!) Luckily for us, the mighty weather gifted us with a sunny, warm even, day. Perfect for nice pictures! :)
Brugge is the kind of city that you hear a lot about, and then you imagine it. But trust me, it is beyond your imagination and it should be experienced in person.
From London, you can get there by Eurostar train or by coach (National Express or a cheaper one, Megabus) or by car & ferry. There are many options, depending on your budget and timing.
But it you are short on timing and money, and an energetic kind of person, I suggest you take the night coach and get there early in the morning! Cheap, safe and gets you enough time to do everything there is to do!
You will see lots of stand and little shops with crepes, all kinds of it. Yum! definitely should try them, any of them, honestly. In the end, they do have the same ingredients. Some look fancier, but they do taste the same. :) So, a must on your list when travelling to Brugge - Crepes and Waffles!
Conclusion: I want to go there again! (convinced myself yet again, lol). But, I do really hope I've helped you decide on visiting Brugge. It's great, you'll love it!