Honeymoon Travel Guide: Brugge, Belgium

Honeymoon Travel Guide: Brugge, Belgium

Brugge, Belgium

I’m so excited to introduce Classic Bride blog’s brand-new, super exclusive feature! I thought this new series would be a great way to share with you some of my travels as well as to give you some ideas for honeymoon locales. I hope they inspire your travels and please feel free to chime in with your own thoughts.

3brugWelcome to Brugge! I loved how the architecture fondly reminded me of Amsterdam (and not to mention the many, many bikes spotted everywhere!).

brugge8Our tour guide compared the design of Brugge to that of an egg, as the town is surrounded by a large canal and the town square is right in the middle, similar to a yolk. See the map above?

brugge1Brugge is often referred to as “The Cinderella City” and is it any wonder why? From the fairy tale-like streets to the serenely calm water in the canals, this medieval city cast a spell of enchantment on me as soon as I crossed the first stream of water and spotted a family of swans sunbathing on the bank. The turret shown above was featured in the film, In Bruges, several times but in the movie, it was bare because it was shot during the winter … I love how ivy covers it during the summer months. Beautiful!

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That beauty on the right was a building in the old Beguinage (convent) in Brugge, which dates back to the 13th century.

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2brugWhile we wandered through the narrow cobblestone streets, we came upon a charming little flea market located on the bank of a canal!

brugge7Brugge is also often called “The Venice of the North” for its many winding canals … I thought the photo I snapped (above left) seemed to capture a Venetian essence, as well, with the faded pastels of the tightly-woven buildings. And no trip to Belgium would be complete without hot chocolate and waffles (okay, the waffles didn’t make it in the photo but we definitely did enjoy them and J has decided that bier goes well with every meal!)

brugge9 brugge2Just like with wedding planning, I tend to fall in love with the tiniest of details. I just adore the top window and roof edging (for lack of a better term) of that white building and the transom window on that red door.

brugge4 brugge5I think it’s obvious that we had an absolutely divine time in Brugge and I do feel it would make for a magical honeymoon … I could have easily spent a week getting lost on the tiny streets and enjoying shop after shop … and I think it would be particularly beautiful in the winter with frosted windows, falling snowflakes and hanging icicles.

Top Tips for Brugge:

– Do eat al fresco at one of the many cafés that line the streets. Our tour guide encouraged us to stay away from the restaurants lining the town square because they were supposedly very overpriced … however, I wish we wouldn’t have listened to him on that one point … I think dining in the town center (at least once!) would have been a beautiful experience.

– Do mix it up. Get a waffle and espresso to go at a streetside bistro – take away is always cheaper than dining in! Then get all dolled up later and head to a fancy restaurant for dinner. By mixing it up, you’ll get to experience the true flavors of the city and be able to savor a très romantic dinner without breaking the bank.

– Don’t miss the Baguinage. Located close to the edge of the “egg” lies the historic convent campus … it’s a lovely and tranquil respite from the hustle and bustle of the tourist-packed town square. When we visited, there were literally flocks of swans right outside the campus of the Baguinage – it was such a lovely scene.

– Do watch the film In Bruges either before you go or right after you return. Dark humour and endlessly gorgeous and beautiful scenes shot in Brugge … you’ll recognize many of the locations which is always fun! You can even stay in the hotel where the film was shot – It’s called the Relais Bourgondisch Cruyce and it overlooks a stunning canal in the heart of town.

– As you saw in one of the photos above, every Saturday there is a flea market near the town center – I found the prices to be a tad high but J sprang for (and surprised me with) an adorable miniature French globe and I’m so glad I have an authentic piece of Belgian history to remember our trip.

Photography by Sarah Darcy of Classic Bride blog.

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5 Comments

  1. September 3, 2010 / 4:20 PM

    You couldn’t have picked a better first stop! Beautiful photos, story & little details. This has been on my travel wish list for ages. Thank you for sharing a real look at this little gem… What a sweet hubby you have!

  2. September 4, 2010 / 5:47 PM

    Wow it certainly looks like a beautiful place. I would love to visit there sometime.

  3. September 5, 2010 / 11:00 PM

    I am so excited for this feature! Keep up the great work!!

    cheers,
    Kim

  4. September 9, 2010 / 6:42 PM

    beautiful!!

  5. Secil
    September 12, 2010 / 3:46 AM

    I visited Brugges about in late May and it was beautiful- You feel like you are in a time machine – going back to middle ages but it is so serene. Thanks for sharing.