At home, in Paderborn, I live an 8 hour drive away from my family and friends who reside in my home town of London. Yes, I could fly, but due to logistics to and from the airport on the continent, my husband and I often choose to get on the autobahn and head west to Calais, and then up to London from Dover. Recently, however, I had the brainwave to stop off for a couple of nights en route at Brugge. It was one of the best ideas I have ever had. I was overwhelmed by both the beauty and strength of the beer that Brugge provides.
The idea to stop there was initially planted by the website www.voyage-prive.co.uk. I had only ever used their website once before on an excellent trip to Marrakech, but always keep up to date with what they have offer. I would heartily recommend subscribing to their weekly emails as without it I would have missed the excellent offer for a NH hotel near very centre of the quaint city of Brugge.
The hotel itself, Hotel NH Brugge, was pretty hard to find fault with. It is situated on the West side of the city and just a very leisurely stroll from the main square or Grote Markt. The rooms were large and the beds, of which there were two doubles in each room, were incredibly comfortable. Importantly though, for this dog owning 'social' drinker, the hotel staff bent the rules to allow my mini pointer to stay. Plus the bar had an ample choice of beer and wine. The buffet breakfast, another way I like to judge any hotel stays, was diverse with some local fare available, which meant Nutella waffles for the first meal of the day. And what is not to like about that?
The rest of our stay was punctuated with ticking off other Belgian grub (Moules and strong beer), whilst walking around the chocolate box picture streets. The town is simply stunning. It almost feels like a toy town at times; it is so quintessentially 'perfect'. That being said, it is incredibly touristy and with those tourists come the high prices. It would be unfair to say that I ate badly during my stay, but given the amount that we spent on food, I would have expected better. I did enjoy my Moules at the restaurant at Oud Brugge though, and the restaurants opposite our hotel on the square Het Zand were good value if you chose the set menus. The view, luckily, came for free.
My pictures this week try to capture the Medieval beauty of Brugge. I was cursed with overcast skies when we visited, which isn't my usual first choice for snapping away, but that did little to detract from the town's appeal. I hope that comes across in my limited edition prints. All pictures are available on canvas or as an unframed or framed photograph print in varying sizes. A number of these snaps would look great as large wall art and we are still offering discounts for a multiple purchases. Contact me for any details, thoughts or praise!