Well our last day in Bruges, and after a good nights sleep at the Hotel Jacob we were up bright and early, for breakfast, which was served in a really lovely dining room which had an amazing ornate ceiling. Breakfast choice was vast cereals, fruits, croissants, cold meats & cheese etc I could go on and on, so it set us up nicely for the day. First stop of the day was the chocolate museum Choco-Story now I was fully expecting to be a bit bored but in fact it was the opposite, it was very interesting indeed, with some amazing facts on the history of chocolate through the ages. there was some also some amazing sculptures made from chocolate I would throughly recommend a visit.
Next on the agenda was a boat trip along the canals of Bruges, there are various places you can pick up the boats, but as it is November many were closed for the season, but we did find one operating at the junction of Wollestraat and Rozenhoedkaai. (Click here for map) there was an interesting commentary on board the boat along with stunning views of Bruges’s amazing architecture it was well worth the trip. (Top tip: Our Hotel gave us a discount card to all the top attractions of the city, it seemed a generic card which I am sure all hotels supply, so saving a bit of money). Next stop was the Beer Wall now this is a small bar selling over 1000 different kinds of belgium beers, (see photo) although needless to say I did not get to sample them all but would have loved to over time, plenty of time I might add. The bar is located just over the bridge from where we caught the boat, and caters for all tastes even the girls enjoyed a tipple. I had a Christmas dark ale which was very nice indeed, but at 10.5% proof it would not take too many to blur the vision.
Well the day had flown by and it was soon time to head back to the Hotel, get our cases and head back to board the ship for the journey home. Bruges is a wonderful city and it would definitely be on my list of must see again cities. I will post more photo’s of the trip on my Flickr Page so have a look if you will
Oh well another trip over so its time to sign off again, so stay safe, keep well but most of all keep following.
Well after a very calm and quite crossing we arrived in Zeebrugge, about 08:45 it was worth paying the small extra charge for a outside cabin as we were well away from the drone of the engine noise. After disembarking it was just a short walk to outside the terminal to pick up our coach to take us to Bruges which was about 17km away. One thing to add for anyone who is doing the same trip with P&O ferries the coach does not drop you off in the centre of town but near the railway station which in our case was some 25-30 minute walk from one side of the city to the other, this with the combination of having a small wheeled case and walking along the cobbled streets was a bit of a pain. After dropping off our cases at the hotel it was time to explore the city which in one word is beautiful, amazing architecture, quaint shops and numerous bars and restaurants. We meandered our way around the small streets and canal sides soaking up the atmosphere, I can see why they call Bruges the Venice of the north. After a good few hours walking around the city we headed back to check into our hotel, Hotel Jacob. The hotel is very nice indeed and certainly lives up to its good reviews and I would not hesitate to recommend it. Oh we’ll time to get spruced up and sample the city at night, more tomorrow.
Well the day has finally arrived where we are of on our mini cruise to Bruges. We arrived at the port and parked the car £6 for 24hrs, just a note on parking, that the car park is pay and display, and the machine takes coins only, but you can pay by card. Checking in was a breeze, with boarding at 4pm so we did not have long to wait as we arrived around 3:30pm. When we booked we opted for a four berth outside cabin, (not literally I might add) which although quite compact was very well laid out. The boat has plenty of places to relax some nice bars, and live entertainment, more on that when we have sampled it. Just a note on the prices on board ship surprisingly they are not that expensive which you would expect being a captive audience, just a bit above the norm. More later.
Well as its my wife’s birthday next month I was trying to work out where to go for a short break to celebrate the occasion, I was not sure where this was going to be, so I looked into various places in the UK and could not decide then in conversation with our dear friend and travelling companion we recalled our mini cruise to Santander from Plymouth some eleven or twelve years previous. We had such a great time on this trip it put a seed in my head as to look into doing something like this again, also I must have had some divine intervention from my very dear friend Tony who sadly passed away 10 years ago on the 25th Oct, and was with us on our trip to Santander. Now as we live in Lincolnshire and we are not very far from Hull I decided to look on P&O ferries website and discovered that they were doing some very good two for one deals on mini cruises to Zeebrugge with a choice of either Amsterdam, Bruges or Rotterdam so we decided on Bruges. Now the trip consists of an overnight crossing to Zeebrugge then a short coach journey to the city of Bruges and returning later that eve for the overnight crossing back, but as we felt that a day trip was not long enough we opted for adding another night to our trip and are staying in Bruges at the Hotel Jacob for one night, which we found and booked on the very good hotel site Booking.Com. and all this for the very reasonable price of approx £150. So another trip that we are looking forward. I will post on our exploits through-out the trip and Photo’s on my Flickr page, and I will also post hopefully some helpful tips on the cruise and the city of Bruges itself
I will sign off for now so stay safe and keep following