TRAVEL GUIDE: BRUGES
I knew that I wanted to take a day trip to Belgium when I was in Amsterdam because I had seen how beautiful the countryside was and wanted to explore a new country. We got on a train from Amsterdam central station to Bruges with one change in Antwerp. When I had done my research online it said it was 80 Euros to get there but I didn't realize that was each way so prepare to spend 160 Euros for this day trip. I personally think it is worth it but read on to hear more about our day there...
WHAT WE DID:
Photo Tour Bruges - Originally when I was traveling alone, I thought that a photo tour would be a great way to meet other travers with similar interests as me. The tour ended up being a great way to switch up the normal tour format that we experienced during the trip. It actually just ended up being Andy, Aimee and me on the tour which was really fun. Andy, the guide and also a local, took us around his favorite spots in Bruges. I felt like we got to see behind the scenes of a mainly tourism-focused city. The tour was a little light on history but focused on teaching photo tips. It was a great reminder to look around wherever you are and take in all of the details. I also liked how personal the trip felt--Andy wanted to customize it to what we were interested in. He was genuinely passionate about his city which was really cool to experience, and I think really got a sense of city from our time spent together.
WHAT WE ATE:
Sanservia - I had read that, since Bruges is a mainly tourist town, food tended to be more expensive and not that good. One exception to this was Sanservia which served bagel sandwiches outside of the city's medieval walls. They had a delicious selection of options. I went with the salmon with walnuts and goat cheese.
Belgium Waffles - So this was kind of a funny joke the whole time we were there. There was a medieval parade the day we were there so we kept trying to get waffles in the center of the city and were constantly blocked. Frustrated and dying for a waffle, we ended up grabbing the last one at Panos at the train station. It was pretty good but not as good as I was hoping for. Next time I'm in Belgium, I am going for the real deal!
Overall we really enjoyed getting out of Amsterdam for a completely different kind of canal town. Bruges was very picturesque and totally do-able in one day. A great place to visit for history and very pretty pictures!