A few weeks ago we made a spontaneous day trip to Bruges to catch up with a friend of mine who was travelling through Europe. We got up nice and early, hopped in the car and made it to Bruges from Cologne in a little over 3 hours.
After a nice catch up with my friend in the bar of the hostel they were staying in, we headed into the city centre to have some Belgian fries and waffles. Yum, yum and yum. And then we lazily made our way back to the hostel, which was the meeting point for the Free Walking Tour. Our tour guide was Camila from Can You Handle It Tours and she really brought the city to life with her enthusiasm and humour. The tour took us by all the main sites and Camila pointed out the best places for food, chocolate and beer. We also made a pitstop in the Beer Museum half way through the tour.
Bruges is a lovely, medieval city with beautiful buildings lining canals and horse drawn carriages clopping through the cobbled streets. And while we only had a day there, it was almost enough as Bruges is very small and my friend also mentioned that they had run out of things to do in the few days that they were there. It might have been nice to have a chance to have a longer look at things, or maybe take a boat trip down the canals, but all in all we felt like we spent the day well and made the most of the short stay!
We picked up some Belgian biscuits and hot chocolate spoons to take home as well as some Rice Bubbles (Rice Krispies) which I don't have ready access to in Germany - ha ha! On the way home we both agreed that we need to make day trips like this one more often on a weekend. It felt like we'd had a nice holiday and it was all in a day!