Images by Ahmed Fayed
While the town is deemed to be historic, the truth is that it has crumbled and fallen apart, resurrected and pieced together only recently, becoming a dramatic listed site.
What to do when in Bruges:
- Be adventurous and and try one of the local Flemish cuisines. We tried rabbit in beer sauce… and then some more beer.
- Walk a tiny bit outside of the centre of the city and witness prices drop by half, if you are eating out.
- Waffles. Of course waffles! What’s a trip to Belgium without the waffles?
- Walk around the shops sampling chocolate before buying a block or bag! With so many flavours, pick one that you can’t get at home. Be mindful of prices, as those can definitely bite – some basic chocolate blocks were priced at €20 while the same item two blocks down cost a mere €3.
- Speaking of tourist traps, I struggled finding truly beautiful souvenirs. There are so many gift shops, but the quality of those keepsakes was just sad. I was on a mission to find some small but stunning Belgian tapestry but I couldn’t settle for something that was a sad cheap replica, albeit priced dearly. So be vigilant when buying – is it really made in Belgium?
- Take in the views and pop into a few museums! The brewery museum is pretty cool, and so are the religious sites. I’m into dramatic architecture and if you are too, you’ll feel right at home in Bruges. Le monde est beau!