I know things have been super quiet on the blog here lately, but for good reason! I have been mighty busy this summer and in turn have loads of photos to share. Right now I am in the middle of wedding season and completely LOVING life, but today I finally got the chance to sift through my photos from Bruges. When my parents asked me if I wanted to join them for a few days during their trip to Belgium, I immediately said yes. Bruges has been on my list of places to visit ever since my dear friend Kala visited on her honeymoon and told me that it was amazing and I HAD to go there. It was a super short day and a half trip, but I was totally charmed by the little city and could not stop taking pictures of all the buildings. I don’t really know why I love brick buildings so much, but maybe it has something to do with the fact that we don’t really have many in California, but I always find myself drawn to them. Hence there are a lot of photos of brick buildings in this post.
Usually when Andreas and I travel, I take the reigns and find a few places for us to visit. This trip it was so nice to let my dad do all the work, and since he has become a total beer nerd in recent years, his must see spots all revolved around Belgian beer. I for one am a big fan of Belgian beer, and it felt like such a treat after 5 years living in the land of Pilsner and Weizen. Sorry Germans, I am not a huge fan of either :-| The first stop was De Halve Maan, the only brewery within Bruges and we toured the brewery, and obviously had to sample the goods as well.
During the very little research I did for this trip, I discovered a New York Times article recommending Chez Vincent and their fries. It was certainly the most unhealthy lunch I have had in a while, but it sure was delicious.
Before we took the train to Brussels, we stopped at Café ‘t Brugs Beertje, which my father tells me has one of the best Belgian beers selections in the world. It is a really charming little beer bar, and the owner, along with the other patrons (a mix of tourists and locals) were really sweet. My dad got there as soon as they opened and got us seats at the bar which made for great people watching.
Have you been to Bruges/Brugge? If you have any other tips, do share! I want to take Andreas back with me and spend some more time exploring the little city.
Last week I was the featured blog on Internations, click here to read a few of my tips for expat life in Berlin. Internations is an expat network with dedicated pages for pretty much every city around the world, make sure to check it out as well!