I have to say, of my time spent in Belgium, Bruges was by far my favorite city. I was captivated by its charm and beauty throughout the entire day and there's no denying it.
For most of the trip I was looking forward to see how Bruges would compare to Ghent. Aside from the historic rivalry between the two cities, it has been said that once you've seen the one you've seen the other. Having now visited both, this is a remark that I deeply disagree with. I visited Ghent before visiting Bruges, you can check out the post here and see the differences for yourself. You can also check out my thoughts on Brussels where I stayed here.
Bruges was the city I was expecting the least from on all my visits, yeah I know, I'm a horrible person. I do not know why. I should've probably done a lot more reading on these cities beforehand but I like to let the places I visit make the impact and shape my opinions instead of comparing them to those of others.
From stepping out of the train station and seeing the construction around, I almost felt smug that I had judged that it wouldn't really be anything that great. This was until I crossed the street and lying immediately in front of me was this city that would come to burrow its place in my heart.
The fact that there was so much going on in the city that day probably had a lot to do with my completely biased opinion of Bruges. The atmosphere had been light and cheerful because of the Marathon / Race which was taking place that day. As such the streets were filled with plenty of people competing and supporting and even live music.
The weather was warm and beautiful, a lovely compliment to the mood of the day. I had a lovely boat tour where I bonded with an American Traveling group and simultaneously took on the role of their photographer.
Then was the Sunday market along the canal. I didn't buy anything but it made for a nice way to pass the time. After that came the free walking tour where I met a guy from my time in Ghent and made some more new friends ( cause Facebook says we are ) who made my time in Bruges even more enjoyable.
I guess everything in Bruges that day was so qieutly beautiful, not in your face but still there that I'd have to be crazy not to fall for its charm. I guess I'm just going to have to go back again to see if a different day, a different mood can change my mind but it'll be hard. ;)
Have you ever been to Bruges and what did you think of it? Maybe I am wrong it is really is just an underwhelmingly old historic place where Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson once shot a funny movie. A movie which I am yet to see but it will be done.
Or are you planning on going? I'd love to know!
Till next time my pretties xxx