A Visit to Bruges

by Charli Weie, London Intern

Bruges, Belgium. 

You've probably never heard of it- and that's the point. Located about an hour outside of the faster paced Brussels, Bruges is a calmer charming town. Whether you have a holiday weekend to spend or just a day between traveling to your main destinations on your Euro trip, this city will show you a good time. 
The people of Bruges take three things seriously: chocolate, waffles and beer. Duck inside one of the town's many tea houses to find the most amazing waffle selections in the world. My personal favorite is dark cherries with sugar & whipped cream. Order a chocolate tea (yes you heard correctly) or opt for an even more decadent hot chocolate. Unlike the powdery chalk back in the U.S., hot chocolate here is served european style by presenting you with a massive mug of steamed milk and then some of the best quality chocolate in the world to melt into it. Many of the tea houses overlook the cute cobblestoned streets of this once medieval town and make the perfect place to people watch away from the cold. 

Being as small as it is, the city has no public transport so you can walk everywhere for free! Your college budget will thank you! If you prefer you can rent a bike or take a boat tour to follow the river that wraps around the city. My personal favorite way to see the city however is to walk. Don't forget your camera-Its the perfect place for the autumn photo shoot of your dreams with backdrops including beautiful old architecture, canals filled with swans, or massive trees with falling leaves. 

For an alternative view of the city, head over to Henri Maes Brewery in the center of town. You can take a tour of the brewery for under 15 euros (includes a beer made on site) where a guide will teach you about the Maes family history and walk you through the way they make their beer. At the end of the tour you climb to the roof for a priceless view of the town from above. Enjoy the rest of the day there or head to one of the other bars or restaurants that line the main market square. On your way out don't forget to pop into one of the many chocolate shops to supply provisions for wherever your journey is taking you next. 

Safe travels! 


Joshua Dyer, Bridgewater State University

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Andy and his crew were awesome. They helped us navigate the city and showed us its innumerable historic sites (Colosseum, Vatican, Trevi Fountain, etc.) with the option of going to Easter Mass at the Vatican if you pick the right weekend. All I have to say was that being in the third row at...

Joshua Dyer, Bridgewater State University ~ University of Limerick, Spring 2016

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