We got back from Australia at the end of July and it’s been so wonderful being surrounded by family and friends again. I’ve started university and am doing a degree in English Literature with the goal of becoming a secondary school teacher.
But I miss travelling! I had a couple of days of getting so down about the fact that my life isn’t in ‘everyday-is-an-adventure’ mode anymore that I booked us a pre-Christmas break to Belgium (as soon as my student loan came in!) It gave us both something to look forward to and even though it was only a 2 night stay, it was perfect. We left on the 16th December from St Pancras international and the station was so festive that I immediately got into winter holiday mode (they even had fake snow falling inside the station!)
We got the Eurostar to Brussels and then an onwards train to Bruges, which did not disappoint. We walked through cobbled streets and over bridges and through market squares following google maps to our hotel. It took longer than it should have because every 2 seconds I made Bailey stop so I could take pictures.
Everything was so pretty!
We stayed at the Grand Casselbergh Hotel and I couldn’t believe how nice it was considering what a great deal I had got by booking on SecretEscapes.com. We had an executive suite with the comfiest bed and biggest bathtub. The champagne breakfast was included, the staff were great and the hotel itself was gorgeously decorated. Even the hotel toiletries were by l’occitane, a brand I LOVE – seriously I felt like a celebrity.
We spent two whole days just exploring the city by foot. We climbed hundreds of stairs to the top of the Belfort and the view was spectacular, you could see over the entire city. We ate Belgium waffles and frites and drank Belgium beer and coffee. In the main square there was an ice skating rink surrounded by Christmas markets, and almost every window had Christmas lights and decorations up. There weren’t many cars but there were plenty of horse drawn carriages (um, faitytale much?) We visited the historium and museums and bought plenty of chocolate, fudge, Christmas tree ornaments and beer to take home. If you are visiting Bruges I cannot recommend the Olive Tree restaurant enough. It’s menu of Greek food was absolutely delicious and the staff were excellent. We ate there the second night and it was better AND cheaper than the first nights meal we had at a restaurant in the square.
There are a few photos below and if you would like to see more follow my Instagram account @neonwanderlust.
I think a few short breaks within Europe per year might satiate my wanderlust! We are so lucky to live somewhere where we can just hope on a plane or train and be in another country in a few hours.
Now I just need to decide where to go next!