Backpacking to Europe – Part 36: Walking Around Bruges

Backpacking to Europe – Part 36: Walking Around Bruges

Previously

If you just reached here and wanted to read the start of our journey, let’s go to Part 1!

A Hidden Gem in Belgium

Honestly, I have never heard of Bruges (or Brugge) until my friend commented on my Instagram account saying that I should visit the city. I bought a guide book on Bruges and realized how beautiful the city is. It looks a bit like Venice with the canals but from the photo, it seems that there are more historical vibes that made me want to visit the city. It is not a well-known destination like Paris or Amsterdam but a visit to Bruges will make you love the city at first sight.

In front of Adornes Hotel before walking around Bruges
In front of Adornes Hotel

Walking Around Bruges

Bruges is a walkable city, especially at the old town. The roads are so pedestrian-friendly and it is very easy to walk from one point to another. Walking around Bruges is a very comfortable thing to do. So, as soon as we arrived at the hotel, checked-in and rested for a while, we decided to do a little bit of walking around Bruges. We went to the reception and asked the receptionist on suggestions on what to see or do in Bruges. “Ah, walking around Bruges?“, she asked us, before she gave us a map and showed us the places of interest.

Love at first sight
Love at first sight

What we did in Bruges – first round

There are many interesting things to see and do in this enchanting city. The first thing that we did upon exiting the hotel was to walk along the canal. The city centre itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Sites and some of the buildings were built as early as during the 12th to 15th century. We walked together, holding hands, whilst enjoying the reflections of the buildings in the canal. We were hypnotized with the view, and that was during daytime. Night time must have been better.

Let's walk
Let’s walk
Falling in love at Bruges
Falling in love at Bruges

We walked further until we reached a small square with a statue of Hans Memling. Hans Memling was a Flemish primitive artist and the statue was erected in 1874. Nevertheless, it was well maintained and the statue looked as good as new. We sat for awhile at the square, eyes looking around for mussels restaurants.

Statue of Hans Memling
Statue of Hans Memling
A modern bicycle in a heritage city
A modern bicycle in a heritage city

Yes, eating a pot of mussels is one of the obligatory things to do in Bruges. We were lucky because near the statue is a restaurant selling mussels. We looked at the menu placed at the door and a pot of mussels cooked in plain soup is 20 Euros. I have heard that the price ranges from 15 to 25 Euros, so we just went in and ordered one pot of mussels with fries, to be shared among us. When the food arrived, we were shocked because the portion was so big. Gladly we just ordered one!

A must eat in Bruges!
A must eat in Bruges!

A Funny Moment with a French family

At the restaurant, we were seated next to a family with two kids. The kids kept staring at us, talked among themselves and laughed. I did not know what they were talking about but I knew that they were speaking French. I learnt French for 5 years in school and some vocabularies are still in my memory, though the kids vocabularies are more advanced than me and I could not comprehend what they were saying.

Sitting on the bench before the kids came
Sitting on the bench before the kids came

Still, I decided to tease them. Actually, both of us decided to. We talked to each other in Malay, laughed and looked at them, before continued laughing. The kids understood what we were trying to do and after a while, they kept quiet.

Adorable
Adorable

But it did not stop there. After eating and paying for our food, we went out of the restaurant and sat on the bench at the square. Soon after, the kids came to us and said something in French to us. What I did next made them surprised.

Near the Chocolate Museum
Near the Chocolate Museum

I said Bonjour to them before continuing “Comment ça va?” (How are you doing?). The boy looked surprised and answered, “ça va bien” (Doing good). I asked further, “Vous êtes Français?” (Are you French?), and both he and his sister answered in unison “Oui!” (Yes!), before realizing that I might understand French and ran to their parents. I said “Au revoir!” (Good bye until we meet again!), and the whole family waved back at us and said “Au revoir!”.

The Fries Museum
The Fries Museum

It was fun teasing the kids. After all, it had been years since I last used my basic French to native speakers.

The Belfry from afar
The Belfry from afar

Our journey continues

I love Bruges
I love Bruges

Not long after, we continued our walk and made many stops to take photos. The city is so adorable that I think we both looked good in every photos that we took. Bruges is the best place to take all your OOTD shots.

OOTD-inspired shot
OOTD-inspired shot
Female version
Female version. Which one is better?

Next: Part 37

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4 Replies to “Backpacking to Europe – Part 36: Walking Around Bruges”

  1. I must say, both male and female version of OOTD shots were pretty good 🙂 Not sure if this is true – Bruges became known after the movie ‘In Bruges’ was filmed, starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. Have you seen it? It’s a violent movie but that propelled Bruges town to fame 🙂

  2. oh m g..view sgt lawa..rasa tenang jek..nak walking aroud dgn SS dan HH..entah bila impian ni akan tercapai..in shaa allah one fine day..aminn

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