Hey peeps, I hope you all had a lovely weekend.
Friday was a bit of a rush, as I had to get to Kings Cross for Friday evening- luckily the traffic driving home was fine, and we made it! Even had time to buy a sandwich to eat on the train.
The Eurostar goes to Brussels, so then it was another train ride to Bruges- we arrived at our hotel pretty late, but were up bright and early the next morning for a lovely wander around. We had breakfast at the Gingerbread Teahouse (is there a more perfect name than that?), and spent hours walking around the streets admiring the pretty buildings, the park, the canals etc. I had a waffle for lunch, and Andy had frites (half the reason for us going there!).
Taken with my mobile to use as a background- Andy took some proper pictures!
In the evening we went for a walk around the Christmas markets- they are so pretty all lit up. There was an ice skating rink, and all the buildings had white lights (I don’t like coloured lights)- there was music playing but none of that Slade rubbish. It looked like a Christmas movie, only it was real!
Today we went back to the Gingerbread tearoom for breakfast (they did the most amazing hot chocolate, which was chocolate chips in the bottom of a cup, with steamed milk poured on top, so you had to stir it and melt the chocolate mmmm), and did a spot of shopping. Actually quite a bit of shopping!
I bought this cute reindeer top! The shop had a cute bear one, and a penguin one (but it was red, which I don’t like to wear)- they had lovely PJ’s too, but I stuck with the top.
I bought a magnet from the Christmas markets- that is what all the buildings look like! Plus some dark chocolate with hazelnuts, cute little Christmas chocolates (holly leaves, reindeer, Christmas trees, snowmen etc) and some rice crispy chocolates which we were going to eat for lunch today but forgot.
As well as selling chocolates, loads of the shops had logs of marzipan in the windows, in many flavours (mocha, chocolate, cherry, hazelnut..)- I bought a slice of pistachio and a slice of orange- sounds so good. Plus this speculoos spread which I think is a cinnamon biscuit?
We decided not to go to any of the museums (eg the chocolate museum) and Andy suggested I spend the money on buying chocolate instead. I bought a little tin (they were everywhere too, and I decided that it would be good to store teabags in)- anyway it would have been rude not to buy a little chocolate figure to go in it.
Whoops, when I got home my Montezuma’s order had arrived- special Christmas hot chocolate (orange and spice flavour) and some yummy coated fruits, plus a free sample of hand cream! Exciting. I think we have plenty of sweet treats to keep us going for a long time!
Anyway, I had never been to Bruges before, but I loved it. It was such a pretty town, there were so many lovely buildings to see, and pretty shops, and the Christmas market was just lovely, not tacky at all. It really put me in a festive mood. I still think it is amazing that we can get the train across to Europe, and now it is high speed it is so quick. It took us longer to get up to Newcastle than it took for us to get there.
I would love to visit there again. Have you ever been to Bruges before? Or any Christmas market? I fancy Salzburg next year, and next week we are off to Bath! I might explode tinsel everywhere in a minute!
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Very jealous, I’ve never done a European christmas market before but our town does a lovely effort for Christmas, I just need to leave the boys at home and go myself so I can take my time …. they just want to go do the PS3/Wii blah blah game stores and go home!!!!
Made me chuckle!
Bruges is so beautiful and I bet it’s magic now with all the markets and decorations… but how did I not try that hot chocolate while I was there?! That reindeer top’s so cool 🙂
Glad you had a good time, looks like you got some fab things!
I would love to go back in the summer too, it just seemed like such a pretty place.
I have been to Brussels a while back and really want to go to Bruges, my friend travels their quite a bit as his boyfriend lives there and he’s always telling us tails about how lovely it is!
I still regret not taking the train to Paris or the ferry to Amsterdam when we lived in Colchester. It would have been so convenient, now we live way too far from any big cities. Bruges looked amazing in the film “In Bruges”, I can imagine how beautiful it must be during Christmas. Without ever having been there, I bet nothing beats Germany when it comes to Christmas markets, though. I’d love to visit Lübeck.
Yes I am sure Germany and Austria top them all- Vienna looks so pretty too.
It sounds like the most wonderful time. I have never been to Bruges before, but you make in sound fantastic.
This post got me so excited as I’m off to Bruges unless that two weeks for my works Christmas do! We’re going Friday to Sunday and I’m so excited. Your pictures look great! Especially the chocolate and marzipan…heaven! And the hot chocolate sounds amazing. Im so excited about the waffles. Glad you had a good time 🙂
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Woohoo! That is some nice work Christmas do!
Have a fantastic time 🙂
This sounds lovely. I love Christmas markets, I like the ones in Bath. Your marzipan sounds amazing.
I am looking forward to seeing what the Bath ones are like too 🙂
Yum! Waitrose now do a uk version of the speculoos spread by lotus called Caramelised biscuit spread in smooth or crunchy and it is amazing ! 😀 xx
Good to know, especially if I like it! 🙂