“It’s a fairytale town, isn’t it? How’s a fairytale town not somebody’s f***ing thing? How can all those canals and bridges and cobbled streets and those churches, all that beautiful f***ing fairytale stuff, how can that not be somebody’s f***ing thing, eh?”
Although I can’t imagine that this quote from gangster mob boss Harry in 2008 dark comedy ‘In Bruges’ makes it into the city’s tourist guide, I love it and I think it echoes my feelings pretty well (although I may not have chosen to use quite so many swearwords!)
For the lucky Brits among us, Bruges is just a short hop over the channel via the Eurostar. It is a wonderful small city, perfect for a weekend break or a stopover en route to explore more of Belgium.
If you are looking for a bustling city, lots of shops and attractions then Bruges is not the city for you. It is a city made for walking and taking it easy. It is a city of history, food and beautiful buildings. Spend your time wandering through tiny alleyways, take a boat trip along the canals, admire the Gothic architecture of the historic quarter and maybe most importantly, eat some waffles! In the square at Markt, visitors find themselves encircled by an eye-pleasing jumble of medieval buildings and you can get some great views by climbing the Belfort tower. The interior of the Basilica of the Holy Blood is truly stunning and if you are a fan of the artworks of the 15th century ‘Flemish Primitives’ then a visit to the Groeninge Museum is a must.
After a day of walking and absorbing the history, it is time for dinner at one of the city’s favourite eateries. If the weather is on your side then go al fresco and tuck into delicious Belgian specialities with a table along the canal at Kaffee Pergola. For those with deeper pockets then a romantic dinner with mouth-watering food and excellent service from The Park is a wonderful treat.
Its perfect for a short break so in the words of Ray “Get the f*** out of London, youse dumb f***s. Get to Bruges”.