In Brugge

BRUGGE, BELGIUM – Everyone kept saying you’ve got to go to Brugge.

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So I did.

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Getting to Brugge from London via Eurostar is easy (just over 2 hours). And from Brussels Midi there’s another train (1 hour) and then once in Brugge it’s a quick bus ride into town (5 minutes).

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This being Belgium they flog their chocolate prowess with a chocolateria on every corner – no joke. It’s well priced so I found myself eating quit a bit but justified the over indulgence with my daily runs (a holiday first).

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The first chocolateria I popped into was just around the corner from my B&B and is family owned. I asked the owner if he ate chocolate every day “But of course,” he said with big eyes. “It’s good for you.” Well when a salesman speaks your language you’ve got to pull out your wallet.

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There are only two experiences you really have to have when in Brugge: a boat ride along the canals and a climb up the bell tower for a panoramic view of the city. Apart from that, the rest of your time should just be spent walking around, shopping and eating (friets and chocolate). That’s what I did. People said you don’t need a full day to do Brugge and they’d be right. It’s a small city. But it’s charming.

Note: I timed my trip to coincide with the Christmas market. I have to say, it wasn’t that impressive. I expected rows and rows of Christmas trinkets but it didn’t blow me away at all. Perhaps next year I’ll head to Germany or Austria for the Christmas markets…can’t hardly wait.

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Eurostar is stellar

LONDON – Well I’m heading back to Paris! This time I’m travelling by Eurostar. If you book in advance you can get a great deal. When I flew to Paris last time, the ticket cost me approximately £135 and on top of that I still had to buy a train ticket to the centre of Paris. This time I’m heading to the City of Lights and it’s only costing £79 return…nice!

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I’ll be there in May and have already made a list of things I want to do. For instance with the exception of visiting Versailles, I really want this trip to Paris to be about exploring the quiet streets and quaint shopping districts and flea markets. It’s all about mosey-ing. Just can’t wait.