At the start of February, me and my partner went away to Belgium for five nights. So here’s a look at our trip.
As we had an early train, we got up and ready at 5am.
Early morning selfie.
We got a train from near my partner’s into London, then got a second train to King’s Cross St. Pancras where the Eurostar departs from.
Us on the Eurostar from London to Brussels.
Our M&S lunch on the train.
Just over two hours later we arrived in Brussels.
The final part of our journey consisted of an hour’s train journey from Brussels to Bruges and then a short taxi ride from the station into the city.
After four trains and two taxis, we finally arrived at our hotel.
We stayed at Martin’s Brugge hotel, which is where we stayed on both of our visits to Bruges way back in 2014.
It’s not the fanciest hotel but it’s cosy, affordable and in an amazing location.
After resting for a bit and unpacking, we headed out to explore.
As it’s the main square and very close to our hotel, we first walked around and took photos of the Markt (Market Square).
It has beautiful buildings and the Belfry of Bruges, which is a medieval bell tower.
The Markt is usually an open square, but as there was an upcoming beer festival that weekend there was white tents in the middle.
After enjoying the Markt, we browsed the chocolate shops and picked ourselves up a few treats.
Before eating at Oyya which does the best waffles, hands down! I’d been craving one of their waffles since our last visit.
We then wandered around the streets to find hidden gems.
Like this beautiful pub.
And this regal looking building, which is a hotel!
After we’d spent time discovering new streets, we walked to Simon Stevinplein, a square with a statue of the Belgian mathematician and physicist Simon Stevin.
We then visited a few more shops before continuing on to the Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk (Church of Our Lady).
The Church of Our Lady is the second tallest brickwork tower in the world.
It also contains Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child sculpture, which is the only sculpture to have left Italy during Michelangelo’s lifetime.
Inside the church.
Michelangelo’s Madonna and Child sculpture.
After admiring the Church of our Lady, we took photos by the canal.
Then headed to one of Bruges more unusual attractions, the Torture Museum.
It was an interesting museum but we also had a lot of fun!
After a day of wandering around, it was time to eat.
We’d booked a Thai restaurant we’d visited before, but sadly they was shut as the chef was ill.
So we headed to McDonald’s instead.
After a busy day, we went back to our hotel, ready for day two.