Since we already toured around the beautiful city of Brugge the past days that we stayed there, we finally ended our day by going to the Belfort or the Belfry and their beer museum.
The first stop of our last day trip is at the beer museum. We were too early to drink beer during our visit, but we are happy enough to see their collection. I think that this is the biggest collection of beer we’ve ever seen. It has most of the European beers and most specially the Belgian beers. It was fun to visit and it’s free!
After our visit at the beer museum,we decided to go to the Belfry. So without looking for any information about the Belfry, we dared to visit the said attraction. I used the word “dare” because we knew that we have to visit the top of the tower. We just did not know how far and how many steps would it take us to the top until we read the information by the reception that the tower is 83 meters high with 366 stairs that we have to climb.
We reached the top! We were glad that it was not that too busy during our visit. We got the chance to look and enjoy our panoramic view of Brugge and hear the loud ringing bells of the Belfry.
After our tiring climb of the tower, my husband treated ourselves to some waffle on a stick, Belgian style! Lovely waffle! They really have the best chocolate!
Day 2: We went boating and walked non-stop.
One thing that is nice to do when you are in Brugge is to do their guided boating tour. It is nice, relaxing and learn the history of Brugge at the same time. Luckily it’s not raining during our visit, it was a perfect day to do the tour.
After our boat trip, we decided to just walk around the center. It is beautiful! I find it nicer than the other big cities in Belgium. I love their chocolates, OMG! They have waffles, crepes and more chocolates. They also love doing handwork like stitching, Brugge is one big museum.
I still can’t get over this view, our hotel gave us their best room. This is what we see whenever we wake up in the morning. You can see swans swimming around and hear all the birds chirping
Another thing in Brugge, it seems that it never sleeps. Brugge is filled with lights at night and when you are there, you feel like you are walking in a fairytale. People are also just walking around and enjoying the lovely sight of this city.
Oh and when you are in Brugge, don’t miss out on eating their mussels. It is one of their specialty there. They even have different kinds of sauces that will really make your mouth water.
We love Brugge.
That is why we stayed there for 3 nights and 4 days when we are just planning to stay for a day or two.
We arrived late in Brugge and found this hotel that is near the canal, it’s called Duc de Bourgogne We werent sure at first if it is a hotel or a restaurant but it turns out to be both. Upon entering the hotel, the staff greeted us and was friendly enough to make arrangements eventhough we dont have any reservations. We ended up staying 3 nights when we only booked for a night. We got 2 different rooms. The first one we got was a smaller room but have a great view of the canal. We considered ourselves lucky to get the room in such short notice. The bed was ok and the room is clean. You can also say that the hotel is already old, but they have an amazing classical feeling of the hotel. But after spending our first night at bars we decided to book the room again in the morning, they told us that our room is already reserved for the next visitor and because of that, they told us that they will give us a different room. The next room they gave us was their biggest room for the same amount of price. We were so happy and at the same time gave us that wow factor! The suite is big, it has a big bed, sofa chairs, a tub and shower and of course a very big view of the canal. Nice windows and relaxing feeling.
Breakfast is starting 7am-10am and you will get varieties of bread, cheese, ham and others. Their restaurant is pretty and also having a view of the canal. For the price we pay, i think its worth it, a luxurious experience. Would love to go back.
Since we arrived late in Brugge, we decided to walk around eventhough we were really tired from the travel.We find it really pretty most especially at night when everything glows. We literally did not sleep the first day because we cant get enough of the surroundings and met some amazing people.
Next destination: La Roche, Belgium
After spending 2 days in Luxembourg, we planned a route in which will bring us closer to our home in The Netherlands.
Upon driving, my husband saw Petit Suisse sign board. This place was the place where my in-laws used to stay during their summer vacation. So, due to it’s significance, we stayed at Petit Suisse in La Roche Ardenne, Belgium. Its a camping site! My first ever camping stay in a really very hot hot summer day!
Since its still early, we decided to drive around and found a nice nearby town. I was actually amazed how beautiful it was. Its called Durbuy. Chic place but have very friendly people. Loving the ambiance.
Our second day in Maastricht: Meeting new friends and visiting the same places we went from our first day. The only thing that we did different was that we went to Gaia Zoo.
So this day, we went back to the city center of Maastricht. When we thought that we were not going to see anything else there, we also decided to go to the “Drielandenpunt” again. We didn’t went up anymore but I got a fantastic shot of the tower plus the highest point of the Netherlands that I didnt have the time to do it on the first day.
Gaia Zoo: From all the zoo’s that I have visited, I can say that this zoo is clean. I find it cozy and at the same time you can also feel being in the jungle. It feels free. The zoo is also not so crowded with animals or people. We did have a good time there.
4th of July 2012