March 27, 2014

Amazing Places - Bruges, Belgium

Bruges at Night
If you are ever visiting Belgium, you must visit Bruges. Definitely the most charming of all the cities in the country, and so nice to walk around in and relax. Its very much like a small Venice, with channels and bridges everywhere (thus the name Bruges). It is only about 2 hours west of Brussels and once you get there, you do not need a car. Its a very pedestrian friendly city with cobblestone narrow streets, horse and carriage rides, and boat rides on the channels (highly recommended). The shops sell lace, teapots, chocolate and other wonderful gifts you'll enjoy.
Charming Bruges
I just loved all the bridges!
Blue shutters and round windows make me happy. 
This Labrador is quite the famous dog. I think every tourist takes a picture of him while riding along the canal.

We stayed at the best B&B ever, called Number 11. The house is right near the down town and beautifully decorated. The owner Annie (it has since been sold I noticed to new owners) was so nice to us and made the best breakfasts.  Ralph Fiennes and Colin Farrell  spent a few weeks in the place filming the moving In Bruges we found out when we stayed! I understood why they chose the place for sure. Bruges has plenty to offer for a long weekend including museums, a nice brewery (de Halve Mann), towers, canal rides, horse and carriage rides, and beautiful gardens.
B&B Number 11

Don't you just love claw foot bathtubs?

A view of the common room. Love the floors! They were all made from reclaimed wood.
Our room number painted on the door.

How about you all? Have you been to Bruges? If so, what did you think? Did you stay at a B&B or a hotel? I tend to scour Trip Advisor for the best reviews, and stay at the highest ranked placed that meets all our other needs (price, amenities, location, etc). Sometimes we end up in hotels, other times vacation rentals, and once in a while Bed and Breakfasts. This Bed and Breakfast I must say was exceptional, and I'd definitely return.

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