Bruges

When Sar and I met last year, our friendship was instantaneous. So much so that within a few hours, we decided to go to Belgium over Valentine's Day – to enjoy chocolate, beer and waffles to our hearts' content. Fast forward five months, and we were off on our adventure, starting with Bruges, followed by Ghent, Antwerp and Brussels.

If I had to summarize Bruges in one word, it would be charming. Medieval architecture, small cobblestone streets and the smell of waffles wafting in the air as you escape the winter's cold by popping in one chocolate shop after another makes you feel like you're living in a sort of fairytale. With a population of under 120,000 inhabitants, Bruges is small – like really small, but we appreciated this, as we became friends with some locals from Neuhaus chocolate and our favourite bar, The Monk.

Must visit/see: Market Place, Duvelrium, Burg Square, Belfort (Belfry of Bruges).
Bars not to be missed: The Monk, t'Poatersgat, De Halfe Maan Cafe Vlissinghe
Chocolate shops: Dumon, Nehaus, Chocolate Line

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Climbing the 366 steps of the Belfry tower

Climbing the 366 steps of the Belfry tower

anne, our bff from nehaus chocolate

anne, our bff from nehaus chocolate

Locals we took a polaroid of at the pub, they loved it!

Locals we took a polaroid of at the pub, they loved it!

panoramic view from belfry tower

panoramic view from belfry tower