A Romantic Weekend in Bruges

When Christmas was approaching and I had family asking what gifts I wanted, I realised I have too much ‘stuff’ and would rather add to my memory bank than my DVD collection. I asked for flight money towards a weekend in Europe, though at that point I was undecided on where to go or who with.

A few months later, Shawshank and I had booked flights to Brussels and an apartment in Bruges (via Airbnb). I went to college with Shawshank and she is one of few people I can spend a lot of time with and not want to kill (I like my own space). Having spent a year backpacking around the globe, I knew Shawshank would be good company to travel with.

I don’t really know what to say about Bruges, other than my photos can’t do the beauty of this place justice. It’s a very romantic city, so it came as no surprise that people thought Shawshank and I were… together. If you like mad parties and late nights, perhaps Bruges is not the best city to visit. But for somebody like myself who enjoys early mornings and exploring with a camera, then finishing the day in a quiet pub with a bottle of red wine, Bruges is perfect. My eyeballs had a lot of eyegasms with the architecture, too.

The only downfall was our day trip to Brussels. Admittedly we hadn’t looked into what to do before we got there, preferring to blindly walk about and see what we stumbled upon. The city was a major letdown, however, and looked like a tip (with the exception of Grand Place, ho-ly wow). In fact, Brussels reminded me a lot of Glasgow, and as much as I love my city I know it’s not the nicest to look at. I wish we had visited Ghent instead.

The breakfasts are big, the beer is tasty, the waffles are a delight, and the whole city is bathed in medieval magic. Oh, and you can also check out my Instagram photos.



  1. Chris says:

    Some lovely pictures and you have captured the sheer temptation the waffles offer!

    I’ve never been to Bruges, but with the cobbled streets and some nice architecture it certainly looks worth considering for future travels.

  2. I’ve never been but my crikey now I really want to go. I’ve heard they are fries aficionados to say the least? Absolutely lovely photos as well!

  3. Linsay says:

    We were thinking about Bruges for our next city break but slighlty put off I couldn’t find direct flights. Pics are fab, surprised you didn’t like Brussles though me and Eilidh loved it when we visited a few years ago.

    • Ashley says:

      There is no airport at Bruges, so you have to fly to Brussels. The train from there to Bruges is pretty painless. It seems a long journey, but it definitely doesn’t feel like it.

      Hmm, I guess Brussels felt a let-down after visiting the quaint, clean city of Bruges.

  4. Maureen says:

    Nice photos! Bruges is so beautiful. I visited there a few Christmas’s ago, not long after watching the film ‘In Bruges’. I do agree that Brussels is not a pretty place to visit.. best to drive quickly past! You must try & visit Ghent next time, it’s really something special. πŸ™‚

  5. That’s the best tourist promo I’ve seen for Bruges (outside of the Colin Farrel movie!).
    Some marvellous photos there & looks like you had a great time too.

    I’d be the same in a place like that, up early & scouting for photos & adventure.

    Great post.

  6. Lovely pictures pictures of a romantic and beautiful city πŸ™‚ It would have been indeed better to visit Ghent. However, I can recommend Antwerp too πŸ˜‰

  7. Barry says:

    Truly very inspired photography !,indeed brilliant and so happy that you enjoyed the city of Bruges that we are now proud to live in. love to link to this article, let me know please.

  8. Avi Kanal says:

    I love your article specially your pictures – they are mesmerizing. I have been to Brugge before and I can’t stop thinking about it. I am planning to go back again this year and I wanted to ask you about your waffle pictures πŸ™‚ can you please tell me where are these pictures from? Where did you try these amazing waffles?


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