On Sunday morning we drove to Folkstone and onto the train (compared to when I was little and you had to get a ferry to go abroad, it still amazes me that this is possible). I was feeling rather nervous about driving but Andy had said he could drive my car if I needed him to. I think I was mainly worried about forgetting things- Dartford charge paid, insurance checked (it included Europe), European breakdown for 2 days bought, high viz jackets and the bits you need for France such as the breathalyser all packed…
But all was well, the roads were quiet and I managed to get us into the centre of Bruges- our hotel was by the station, and the station had car parking for 3.50 for 24 hours (bargain), so we were in the centre of town by lunch time- perfect.
It’s a lovely place to wander- I’d only been in the winter before and we had always said we should go back to be outdoors a little more! Of course we had to have a hot chocolate, and a little later a waffle.
This waffle place had a free toppings bar, so I chose a waffle with strawberries and chocolate, and then topped it with some nuts, some dark chocolate curls and Lotus biscuit crumbles. It was good!
We walked all around the park and the centre, up and down canals, past all the pretty buildings (and all the while resisting the urge to quote from In Bruges because it contains lots of swearzies).
As a fan of marzipan I also loved the shops selling slices of marzipan with a range of flavours (pistachio/ hazelnut/ cherry etc)- I bought a few slices for us to take home, as well as a little bag of dark chocolate coated orange peel, because that stuff is gorgeous.
For dinner we opted for a little picnic of some delicious bread and cheese- when in Rome…
On Monday (a Bank Holiday in the UK but not here) we went out for breakfast in The Old Chocolate House, and it was divine.
On the left is the chocolate cup containing the buttons for my drink, with the ganache on top (it looks like a giant stuffed date) and the pot of sprinkles in the white pot. Andy’s pestle and mortar in the background.
The hot chocolate menu was immense, and when they brought our drinks over at first I thought they were taking an afternoon tea to the wrong table. You were given a big mug of warm milk (they did have soya milk there), a chocolate cup filled with chocolate buttons (I had dark milk and Andy had dark) and then the add ones in an extra pot. Andy had chosen dark with peppermint, ginger and lemongrass, and those add ons were in a little pestle and mortar set, so he could grind it himself and add the amount that he wanted. You dropped the chocolate pot into the milk, whisked, and the chocolate melted. I went for speculoos cookie hot chocolate (I love those biscuits) and so mine came with a chocolate ganache and little biscuit crumbs to sprinkle on top. It was super rich but really delicious.
There wasn’t a huge amount of food on the menu (not surprisingly) but as it was brunch we each had a waffle. There were loads of gorgeous sounding chocolatey options, but with the big hot chocolate to drink we both fancied something different, so I had a waffle with raspberry jam, and Andy had one with orange jam. These waffles were my kind of waffle- the one from the day before was good, but in a sweet and puffy way, whereas these ones were thinner and crispier and nuttier.
After more of a wander it was time to head back to the car and drive back to Calais, with a little stop at the supermarket to pick up a few bits. There were big queues for the passport checks (what a contrast from our drive from France into Belgium which just had a sign announcing the border) and so we ended up on a train 10 mins later, but this was forgiven because there were no queues at the Dartford Tunnel- I’m not sure that’s ever happened before!
Have you been to Bruges? Are you a fan of waffles or marzipan or hot chocolate? Are you confident driving abroad? I am very lucky that Andy has always been happy to drive when we’ve been on holiday.
8 thoughts on “Hopping over to Bruges for waffles (mainly)”
The Old Chocolate House sounds amazing! I’ve never visited Belgium, aside from a few hours waiting in Brussels Midi train station. I didn’t used to even be confident driving in the UK but since moving to Dubai I’ve got used to it (as life is SO much easier with a car here) and have since driven in the Seychelles and in Spain, I think now I’m used to Dubai driving anywhere else will feel a lot less stressful!
Dubai sounds very stressful to drive in, not sure why but big cities all do I suppose
Bruges looks lovely, what a great place to visit.
It is a lovely place- nice and compact so easily walkable and a good place to wander.
Omg that Chocolate place sounds incredible! You’re making me want to visit there. And marzipan, yesss! All the good stuff.
Sounds like such a lovely trip. But yeah I’d be nervous about driving too. Driving in America is so easy because the roads are so straight, there are no roundabouts and the cars are like go karts with the two pedals. But when I drove through Berlin it was awful. So stressful!
Yes I can imagine that driving in a big city is terrifying, especially with everything (including gear stick) being on the wrong side!
Yes, go to Bruges you will love the chocolate and marzipan!
Ooo so many yummy food pictures!!! I’ve never driven abroad. I’d give it a go though. Although I’d probably forget and end up on the wrong side of the road!
That’s what I was most scared of!