I’m back baby!
YOU GUYS, I missed you! Did you miss me too?? (you know you did!)
I’m sorry it’s been so long since my last post, my lovechunk and I recently got back from our 2 week euro-trip. We had the BEST time ever! I’m so excited to share our adventures with you! We went to Bruges, Amsterdam, Paris, and my beloved London. I’m going to write separate blogs for each place and my favorite food spots so buckle up and let the fun begin!
Tiff’s Bruges To-Do List
1. Explore the City
The first stop on our adventure was Bruges. If you are not familiar, Bruges is a medieval city in Belgium, dating all the way back to the 9th century. Let me start out by saying, Bruges is pretty magical. Seriously. When we first arrived we were trying to find the apartment we rented so we were dragging our suitcases through the cobblestone streets but we kept stopping in the middle of the road with our mouths wide open, looking around and going “woooooowwwwww”! (such tourists)
Everywhere you look is incredible.
We had the best time just wandering around and exploring the city. There is history everywhere you turn.
What I love about Bruges is that it’s small. It’s not a big city like London (sigh) or New York, you can walk everywhere! The first day we just wandered around aimlessly- no maps or anything. Now let me just say that is a big deal for me because something you may, or may not, know is that i’m a planner- I need to know where i’m going (and eating) at all times, no surprises for this girl- but I said “forget Google Maps, let’s just see walk around and get lost!”
We stumbled upon hidden alley ways, breathtaking canals, and chocolate stores- EVERYWHERE! I have never seen so many chocolate shops in my life!
There is beauty everywhere! We wandered around for about 4 hours just taking in all of the sights, smells, and sounds until Bae pooped out on me and wanted to go to bed around 8 pm. In his defense, we were awake for almost 24 hours at this point but I was so excited I couldn’t sleep!
2. Take a Canal Boat Ride
Ever since arriving in Bruges I couldn’t wait to take a canal boat ride, it was at the top of my “to do” list (told you I’m a planner) but it wasn’t looking like princess was going to get her boat ride. The weather was playing games with my heart- it was raining most of the day, then the sun would shine for a few minutes and I’d get all giddy but by the time we got to the canal boats it would rain again. It was an emotional roller coaster!
I was starting to give up hope (as in walking back to the apartment at around 7pm all sad and grumpy, fighting back my tears and sniffles kind of thing) BUT ALAS- the sun came out! And not only did the sun come out- it stayed out long enough for princess to get her canal boat ride! “Was it worth it??” you may ask…the answer is YASSSS!!!
3. Rent an Apartment Above a Waffle Shop
We rented from HomeAway.com for the first time, I was a bit nervous as this was all new to us- but I’m so glad we did as it made our time in Bruges even more special. It turns out that the guy who rented us the apartment owns a waffle shop and it’s right underneath the apartment. I’m not even kidding- this is a foodie’s dream come true!
This place was so perfect it was in the heart of town, had it’s own private elevator, and the best part of all? It had a charming little patio off of the bedroom and whenever we stepped outside it smelled like freshly made waffles- pure heaven! We didn’t want to leave!
4. Go to a Chocolate Museum
When in Belgium, right?? We went to a place called Choco-Story, The Chocolate Museum which was definitely worth checking out- I mean it’s a museum dedicated to chocolate- what’s not to love?? I’m not gonna lie, museums usually bore me for the most part ( #judgementfreezone) but a chocolate museum is something I can get excited about!
This was probably as close to being at Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory as I’ll ever come. They even had a demonstration of a guy making chocolate- and he gave us all samples when he was finished. That’s my kind of hospitality!!!
5. Take a Brewery Tour/Drink Beer
We decided to take a brewery tour and enjoy some of Belgium’s finest ales at De Halve Maan Brewery. This was my first ever brewery tour and it was great!! Seeing how everything is made from start to finish was pretty fascinating, we got to climb up and down steep steps and even go on top of the roof- which was a wonderful view of Bruges!
The best part of any brewery tour? The samples! Cheers 🙂
7. Eat and then Eat some more!
I want to say Belgium is most known for their beer and their chocolate- which are both fabulous by the way! But that is not all that they have to offer- check out my post Tiffany Eats Bruges where I list my favorite foods and must eats! 🙂
Bottom Line: We really had an incredible stay in magical Bruges- we only stayed for 2 days but we definitely could have stayed longer. It’s beautiful, full of history, and the people were so nice, like beyond nice. They went out of their way to be helpful and friendly. For example, when we arrived at the train station a man on a bike came over to us because he could tell we were going in the wrong direction with our suitcases and he escorted us to right side and found us maps- he didn’t even work there he was just a normal guy- that was a great start to our 2 day affair. We will definitely return to this chocolately paradise and would recommend you check out this little gem as well 🙂
What are you favorite things to do in Bruges? Do you love chocolate? How many pounds would you buy? Leave me a comment, i’d love to know!