We came to Brugge two Christmas seasons ago looking for the elusive Christmas market. This time, we just wanted to stopover and experience it not in a mad rush.
We checked into the The Dog House, a relatively new Bed & Breakfast on one of the canals – we’ll tell you more about that later.After putting our bags down, we went off to explore. Didn’t realise how close we were to the Market Square – about a five minute walk.Of course there’s the very prominent Belfort van Brugge. The Belfry of Brugge is a 12th century medieval bell tower in the historical centre.Adjacent to it is the neogothical Provinciaal Hof (Province Court) the former meeting place for the provincial government of West Flanders. But all this is too touristy. Mummy was looking for a certain canal but didn’t know where it was but Brugge isn’t so big. We kept walking and turning into smaller streets and sure enough we came across it. Yes, it’s picture time and I warn you there’s lots of me by the side of the canal having my photos taken –Part of the reason for finding this canal is to go to The Orangerie And stopped for a coffee And they served doggy shaped chocolates But dusk was soon upon us so we went on quickly – passed by more lovely canals. And as the lights came on, Brugge was being transformed into something even more magical. And I even found some piles of leaves to do my pee. And Mummy couldn’t resist more canal pictures. It is getting all a bit boring. We walked along the Langerei canal before turning into a smaller Carmerstraat to the restaurant Verloren Hoek. The swans having a night swim.Our favourite restauranteurs were off on a holiday so we had to find something else. At Verloren Hoek, it was Vol au Vent for tonight and of course some frites! Mummy definitely needed a walk after that meal! We wove through the narrow streets on the way home. Crossing the last bridge before we arrived back at The Dog House for some slumber time.
May’s comment: Previous visits to Brugge was always a one day excursion. So glad we decided to stay over for the last stop of our travels. Walking through the narrow cobbled streets at night is equally charming and beautiful.
We found a really sweet B&B – aptly named The Dog House. Of course we had to stay there. But more of that in the next post.