Brugge Travel Blog› entry 2 of 4 › view all entries
After a most hearty and excellent breakfast at the hotel, Lesley and I took ourselves off to one of Brussels' three main train stations and hopped on the first departure for Brugge. Again, we couldn't really figure out the ticketing system, so we just got on board and figured we'd pay the conductor the €12 during the journey (turned out we didn't have to as no one came around to check). The trip itself was a pleasant enough 50 mins or so and we were soon in Brugge, following the crowds (and a church spire) to the centre of town.
And what an utterly charming place! Cobbled streets and stepped roof styles, plenty of canals and some lovely old buildings.
We were also keen to try out the other famous Belgian specialties... waffles, frites and fruit beer... but we were to be thwarted on the former two for the moment. Although I was able to get my first taste of raspberry beer (I'm now addicted), ordering Belgian fries was somehow more complicated. Our restaurant waiter tried to explain that it was something to do with taxes and we could only have our fries if we ordered them with a main meal.
After a thoroughly delightful day (even the weather was gorgeous), we threaded our way back to the station using a combination of luck and Lesley's inherent sense of direction. This time there were plenty of ticket booths open so we got our passes and were very soon headed back to Brussels (there was a conductor checking the tickets this time, so it was fortunate we had bought them!).
Brugge had been a perfect day excursion and it was super easy to get to, but I'm not sure I would have wanted to stay much longer. I felt like we had seen what we needed to and it was time to continue the adventure in Brussels...