On our second day in Bruges, we skipped breakfast and instead went on a horse and carriage ride whilst the weather was dry.
Way back in 2014 we had a horse and carriage ride in Bruges and loved it, so I was excited to do it again.
Clip clopping through the cobbled streets.
Part way through the ride, our lovely horse Pepijn was given a break to eat and drink.
The Horse Head Drinking Fountain, which is where the horses troughs are filled up with water.
Whilst Pepijn was being fed, we walked around the nearby canals.
Before finishing our horse and carriage ride.
The thirty minute ride was scenic, romantic and the perfect way to see more of the city.
It’s something I’d definitely recommend doing if you’re in Bruges.
After a lovely start to the day, we walked back towards the canals to take photos and to enjoy one of Bruges most romantic spots.
Despite the weather starting to rain on and off, we walked to Minnewaterpark.
Minnewater Bridge, a recognizable location as it’s featured in the ‘In Bruges’ film.
Minnewater is also called the ‘Lake of Love’.
The legend goes that a girl named Minna was in love with Stromberg, a warrior of a neighbouring tribe. Minna’s father disapproved of her seeing Stromberg and arranged for her to marry someone he’d chosen.
Minna escaped and ran into the forest, but by the time Stromberg found her, she’d died of exhaustion. He later buried her on the bottom of the lake, to keep their love in these waters forever. Hence the Lake of Love name.
After a wonderful walk around, we headed to the beguinage.
The beguinage in Bruges dates back to 1245, however, most of the buildings are from the 19th century.
A beguinage was a community of women who followed the example set by the apostles: poverty, simplicity and preaching.
The Beguines were single or widowed women who wanted to live in a religious way, but outside of a convent and were not nuns. The last beguinage left in 1927 and it has since then been left to a community of Benedictine nuns.
Inside the Church of Our Lady of Consolation on the beguinage grounds.
As it was creeping towards mid-afternoon, we stopped at De Proeverie Tea-Room for replenishment.
A tea for me and a hot chocolate for my partner.
The fun thing about De Proeveries hot chocolate, is you stir a chocolate spoon into hot milk and make your own drink.
Feeling energised, we popped in some shops and visited a few more sights.
Such as Arentshof Park which has statues of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
And Stadhuis (Bruges City Hall).
We then visited one of my favourite churches, The Basilica of the Holy Blood.
The 12th-century basilica is best known for having a phial that’s said to contain a cloth with Jesus’ blood.
The phial is brought out daily for visitors to see and if you make a small donation to the church, you can go up and put your hands on the holy relic itself.
No photos are allowed, but it’s a special experience.
After visiting the upper chapel, we headed to the lower chapel dedicated to St. Basil the Great.
Before heading to a nearby Salvador Dali Exhibition for more culture and art.
After a busy day of exploring, we returned to our hotel to rest.
Before heading out for dinner a couple of hours later at Salade Folle.
I had a delicious vegetable lasagne and garlic bread, whilst my partner had a veggie burger.
Bellies full, we went for an after dinner walk.
Making the most of our last night in beautiful Bruges, before heading to Ghent the next day.