Brugge, Belgium - A trip you NEED to add to your Bucket List
Last September, I had the great opportunity to take a trip around Europe. I was fresh out of college, I had no job, no girlfriend or anything that would bind me to stay where I was. I had been dreaming of getting to know Europe for quite some time, also because of the fact that I have many friends from the Old Continent, who I had the pleasure of meeting thanks to their exchange student plans in Mexico. I'm Mexican, by the way (And proud of it).
I went through several cities in different countries. I went to the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, a little bit of Germany, France and Spain. Mostly France. But even though I'm in love with the whole french culture (And their women... Specially their women), there was a city in particular outside the land of cheese and wine, that simply took my breath away.
It might not seem as shocking through a bunch of pictures, but believe me, IT IS. It might look like any other city in Europe; ancient buildings, Gothic and castle-like architecture, a river around the center of the city... (This is real, EVERY city I went in Europe had a river around it's center; weird stuff) All the same. Yet, there is a difference. Unlike every other city I went to, there was something about Brugge that actually made you feel like you are living in this cozy ancient little town, I think is because almost all of it's buildings and streets are still the same as they were centuries ago, there are no new boring flat-walled apartments or anything. Or at least you don't notice them, I sure didn't.
Also, you can take a boat tour around the city. You can do this almost in every other city in Europe as well, but like I said before, the view and the feeling in here is just different. Take a look:
Oh, and you WILL see a lot of swans swimming around... A LOT of them.
The landscapes are breathtaking and so peaceful.
He was playing the guitar as she sang... Pretty voice, too. How not to fall in love with that, right?
This place reminded me of The Shire, from The Lord of The Rings. #GeekComment
(That couple didn't have a clue there was a creepy tourist behind them taking pictures of them. Sorry about that.)
Anyway, if you get hungry between meals from all the walking and want to try some local food, and even more if you have a sweet tooth, you're in luck, because Belgium makes the BEST waffles and hot chocolate in the world! (Belgian waffles, DUH!) Nothing compared to any kind of S**TTY frozen waffles you might have tasted before. This is the REAL DEAL. They have the fresh dough made from scratch, ready to bake in front of you. They can add fruit and several other syrups like chocolate, condensed milk, whip cream... Blah, blah, blah.
Let's not forget they make really good chocolate as well. Also, interesting fact, there will be a lot of people selling "french fries" but people there will tell you that fries were actually invented by them, not the french! So they're actually Belgian fries! Who knew, right? Of course I don't have the accurate data on this so I will just have to trust the villagers.
Another thing, if you are very lucky (and I was, because I didn't even know about this) you might even run into this HUGE street market that only comes to the city like two times a year. You can find almost anything in there, from all kinds of antiques, old military equipment, old cameras, curiosities, even vintage video games! It's really big, it took me like 2 hours to "quickly" walk through it and I was barely looking, I don't think I saw even half of it! At some point you really feel like it has no end.
To sum it up, visiting Brugge is a very cool experience that you should not let pass by if you have the chance.
Oh, and in case you were wondering (Or not, whatever) all these photos are my own, not from Google. I love nature, travel and landscape photography.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this, keep traveling!