What are your Bruges, Belgium recommendations? Heading there this Sunday for a week, with a plan of really just eating as much chocolate and drinking as much beer as possible. Other stops include Ghent. Really need your cheap accommodations recs!
Posted on Aug 01, 2012
The Begiuinage (spelling might be off) is a tranquil area where unmarried women and widows shared their lives without entering a convent. It is still very peaceful. I'm not sure the Half Moon Brewery is open, but if it is go in for a tour and a free beer (StrasseHenrik - Strong Henry). It's a medieval brewery and a good tour. Taking a canal trip is also very nice. We stayed in a delightful B&B close to the old center and run by a couple of artists. They are listed in Rick Steves guide. He mentions that they both are artists and that it is down from the old fish market.
Posted Aug 01, 2012Add a comment
For sure the canal trip; climb the tower in the town square; visit the lace making center; eat great food at one of the terrific restaurants around the square or along the canal; the Beguinaage convent is quite beautiful.
Posted Aug 02, 2012Add a comment
I would also add that just outside Brussells is Waterloo Battlefield. Quite interesting....with a 360 degree viewing cyclorama.
Posted on Aug 02, 2012
walk down Dansaertstraat. There are great cafés and restaurants left and right (MapaMundo, Le Roi Baudoin) and at the very end of Dansaertstraat (De Walvis), great for people watching. If you're into Belgian beer you can try an authentic café like 'Mort Subite' (sudden death) that's right in the centre, walk through the Galleries de La Reine to get there. Or more quaint even is 'Moeder Lambic'. De Marollen is an area in Brussels with a lot of brocante shops and a fun flea market early morning. Great bread and baguettes at Charly.
go on a bike tour, a fun way to see more of the city.
Jos is the guide and he's great!
My favourite place, apart from the city itself, is the St. John's Hospital and the Groeningemuseum (i love the Flemish Primitives)
Awesome local artisanal chocolate shops run by locals in Bruges. about 40 of them in the town centre.
Great atmosphere, wonderful locals.
fun thing to do: go and buy a spray paint canister and go to the Graffiti Street to paint some (legal) graffiti.
have a coffee/tea and cake at Julie's Place.
Climb the Gravensteen castle, in the middle of the city.
stop at Simon Says, a wonderful place for lunch or a mid-day break.
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Posted Aug 03, 2012Add a comment
I forgot: In Ghent stop by the Dreupelkot in the evening and try jenevers (gin) with lots of different flavours. The owner is a bit of a character.... good fun!
Posted on Aug 03, 2012
Hotel Adornes in Bruges is reasonable. Also the Guest House De Bleker is nice, centrally located and reasonable.
New city museum in Bruges opens this fall. Called historium and, as the name suggests, gives a history of Bruges. Procession of the Holy Blood is one of the word's most famous religious celebrations. Happens in May though, on Ascension Day. Worth a trip back for. There used to be 25 windmills around bruges, and now I think there are only 3-4 and you can visit them. Peaceful walk or bikeride.
Ghent, be sure to eat Cuberdons, from a cart found in the street, often in the Groenten Markt. Julie's House is a great spot for coffee and pastries. Tierentyn Mustard (also on Groenten Markt) is a MUST. Only found in Ghent, made here since the 1790 and pumped from the factory below the store into a barrel where it is then scooped into a jar for you. It's awesome. Knocks any wimpy dijon variety on its arse. Maybe you can bring me back some? :)
Posted Aug 04, 2012Add a comment
Spencer you may want to check out "2be Bar" for a bar with huge selection of Beers...There are 2 links below >>>
Posted Aug 04, 2012Add a comment
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