Just completed a 5 country whirlwind trip. Thats right, 5 countries in 8 days. I’ll post individually for each country, then include a separate post with full itinerary for those desiring to duplicate my adventures.
First up, Bruges, Belgium!
This was the second international road trip with my brother. We arrived in Amsterdam late Saturday evening and drove to Bruges early the next day. We added this destination to our itinerary after hearing it was a favorite of our father. Knowing he has traveled extensively, his choice intrigued us. We were not disappointed. Bruges is a small, quant city with cobblestone roads, curving canals, medieval architecture and delicious sweets. Hard to focus on anything but Belgium chocolate and waffles though. Eating an authentic fresh Belgium waffle is an incredible experience. Such a tasty creation unlike those in the states. Within 8 days, I consumed 4 Belgium waffles and a Dutch waffle (half covered in chocolate and whip cream) with no regrets!!
I recommend the following sites:
- The Belfry and Markt – A large open center outlined with restaurants in medieval architecture. There are carriage and fair like rides in the center. We enjoyed dinner with a sunset view.
- Ten Wijngaerde (Begijnhof Brugge) – This is the only preserved beguinage in Belgium. The women who live here have “semi- monastic communities without taking formal religious vows”. In other words, a non commitment nunnery. This area is often visited for its peaceful flower garden and picturesque white houses.
- Canal ride – For the best view around the city, enjoy the canal rides. A tour guide will instruct you on the history of this unique area.
- Sweets – Although chocolate shops are everywhere, I relied on Yelp for ratings. My favorites were Neuhaus and Dumon Chocolatier. For waffles, I recommend Chez Albert and a waffle truck located in the open square just a few feet away from Chez Albert.
Tip: Be sure to bring Euro currency for the small sweet shops and boat rentals.
Next up GERMANY!!!!!!