Walking along the romantic city of Bruges, Belgium
A Hidden Gem in Belgium
Honestly, I have never heard of Bruges (or Brugge) until my friend commented on my Instagram saying that I should visit the city. I bought a guide book on Bruges and realized how beautiful the city is. It looks a bit like Venice with the canals but from the photo, it seems that there are more historical vibes that made me want to visit the city. It is not a well-known destination like Paris or Amsterdam but a visit to Bruges will make you love the city at first sight.
Walking Around Bruges
Bruges is a walkable city, especially at the old town. The roads are so pedestrian-friendly and it is very easy to walk from one point to another. Walking around Bruges is a very comfortable thing to do. So, as soon as we arrived at the hotel, checked-in and rested for a while, we decided to do a little bit of walking around Bruges. We went to the reception and asked the receptionist on suggestions on what to see or do in Bruges. “Ah, walking around Bruges?“, she asked us, before she gave us a map and showed us the places of interest.
What we did in Bruges – first round
There are many interesting things to see and do in this enchanting city. The first thing that we did upon exiting the hotel was to walk along the canal. The city centre itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Sites and some of the buildings were built as early as during the 12th to 15th century. We walked together, holding hands, whilst enjoying the reflections of the buildings in the canal. We were hypnotized with the view, and that was during daytime. Night time must have been better.
We walked further until we reached a small square with a statue of Hans Memling. Hans Memling was a Flemish primitive artist and the statue was erected in 1874. Nevertheless, it was well maintained and the statue looked as good as new. We sat for awhile at the square, eyes looking around for mussels restaurants.
Yes, eating a pot of mussels is one of the obligatory things to do in Bruges. We were lucky because near the statue is a restaurant selling mussels. We looked at the menu placed at the door and a pot of mussels cooked in plain soup is 20 Euros. I have heard that the price ranges from 15 to 25 Euros, so we just went in and ordered one pot of mussels with fries, to be shared among us. When the food arrived, we were shocked because the portion was so big. Gladly we just ordered one!
A Funny Moment with a French family
At the restaurant, we were seated next to a family with two kids. The kids kept staring at us, talked among themselves and laughed. I did not know what they were talking about but I knew that they were speaking French. I learnt French for 5 years in school and some vocabularies are still in my memory, though the kids vocabularies are more advanced than me and I could not comprehend what they were saying.
Still, I decided to tease them. Actually, both of us decided to. We talked to each other in Malay, laughed and looked at them, before continued laughing. The kids understood what we were trying to do and after a while, they kept quiet.
But it did not stop there. After eating and paying for our food, we went out of the restaurant and sat on the bench at the square. Soon after, the kids came to us and said something in French to us. What I did next made them surprised.
I said Bonjour to them before continuing “Comment ça va?” (How are you doing?). The boy looked surprised and answered, “ça va bien” (Doing good). I asked further, “Vous êtes Français?” (Are you French?), and both he and his sister answered in unison “Oui!” (Yes!), before realizing that I might understand French and ran to their parents. I said “Au revoir!” (Good bye until we meet again!), and the whole family waved back at us and said “Au revoir!”.
It was fun teasing the kids. After all, it had been years since I last used my basic French to native speakers.
Our journey continues
Not long after, we continued our walk and made many stops to take photos. The city is so adorable that I think we both looked good in every photos that we took. Bruges is the best place to take all your OOTD shots.