We visited Bruges on our last trip to France, back in April. As we had to check out of the caravan by 10am I had decided to drive back up towards Zeebrugge and stop off in Bruges for some lunch and a look around before we headed back on the ferry to Hull.
Our Family Day in Bruges
Parking in Bruges
We arrived into Bruges around 12.30pm, I had done an internet search the night before to see where would be best to park the car and a number of websites had mentioned the train station would be the best option. We parked in the underground car park and from there we headed into the station for a toilet break. There is only one set of toilets that has a baby change and you will have to pay to use the toilets. From the train station, it was roughly a 20-minute walk (if that) to get to Bruges.
I had my umbrella stroller with us and it survived the cobblestones, I also had our carrier just in case my eldest got tired (or decided to run off). I never realised how beautiful Bruges actually was and there is so much to see and do that I have already added to our list of places we need to go back too. No matter where you look you will see chocolate shops, little tiny streets, horse and carriages and the canal with bridges over them. It reminded me a lot of Venice, Italy.
For lunch, we stopped at a little cafe (see the picture above) and took our food with us and found a little bench near a church. We sat here for a good 30 minutes just relaxing and enjoying the sun (living in Scotland means we find 12 degrees pretty warm so our jackets were off!)
After lunch we decided to go exploring; Bruges is such a historic city, just looking at the old buildings and churches was enjoyable for my eldest son (4.5 years old). He loved the canal boats and the big tall buildings.
Next on the list to do was to buy some chocolate (you can’t go to Bruges and not buy chocolate!). There were so many shops I couldn’t decide which one to go to. I decided to walk back towards the car and choose a shop on the way. Eventually, I decided to go to a shop called Chocoholic. I bought 2 big bars of chocolate and 2 bags of fudge…it didn’t last long ha!
We then walked back the short distance to the train station through the cobbled streets. I will definitely be back as there were many things to do which we couldn’t do as we were strict of time.
Have you ever been to Bruges? If so what was your favourite bit?