Bruges Journals

Easter in Bruges

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An April 2004 trip to Bruges by Kathryn

The Chocolate Line Photo, Bruges, Belgium More Photos
Quote: Where else would you go for Easter chocolate?

Easter in Bruges

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Forget chocolates or beer, Bruges seems to have a number of fabulous shoe shops (no – I wasn’t expecting that either!). As I was ahem a bit financially challenged at the time, I decided it would be most sensible if I didn’t actually buy, but that didn’t stop me from spending a lovely couple of hours on Steenstraat ( one of the main shopping streets in Bruges) admiring the wares. They were very nice… But the biggest highlight was probably the food. I wanted a fairly relaxed weekend, so didn't exert myself too much - and I indulged my every whim. This really meant frites and mayonnaise with every meal (OK - not breakfast) and a fat rush that took some getting over ...Read More

Bauhaus Hostel

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Hotel | "Bauhaus International Youth Hotel"

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The Bauhaus is a fairly standard hostel. Nice bar downstairs, and the room (I was in a four-bed one) was clean. The staff were all really nice. The bathrooms were OK - apart from the fact that the showers had one of those 'push' taps that you have to keep pressing in order for the water to flow. When you took your hand off to do anything, the water stopped. Not great, but I guess it stops people from having long showers. I wouldn't have liked to have to contend with it in the winter, though!! My major gripe was that my room (Number 2) was right above the bar. The bar stayed open till 4am on Friday and Saturday nights (the two nights I was there). I didn't get any ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 24, 2004

Bauhaus Hostel
Langestraat 135
Bruges, Belgium 8000
00 32 (0)50 34 10 93

The Chocolate Line

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Attraction

The Chocolate Line Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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Consider this a public service announcement. There's lots of chocolate in Bruges. There are chocolate shops all over the place. But, my friends, you must believe me when I say that all chocolate is not equal. I bought chocolate from cheap, medium, and premium priced shops. The Chocolate Line was the premium priced shop, although not really much more than Neuhaus (the medium priced option and one of the Belgian chocolate ' chain' stores). I bought all my chocolate on the second (and final) day of my visit, after investigation of many, many chocolatier windows around the town. Why did I decide on 'The Chocolate Line' when there are so many stores? W...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 24, 2004

The Chocolate Line
Simon Stevinplein 19
Bruges, Belgium

't Brugs Beertje

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't Brugs Beertje Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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Beer heaven. All the guidebooks seem to claim that ’t Brugs Beertje stocks 300 beers. Well, we counted the menu and it only listed about 146. But that’s still a lot of very nice beer. I visited ’t Brugs Beertje on both nights of my Bruges stay. On the first night there were seven of us and it looked like we were going to have to leave because the bar was fully packed and there wasn’t even really room enough for us all to stand at the bar. Fortunately they found us some space – in the whole other bar out the back. We had the space to ourselves for most of the evening – it filled with others at 10 or so. But until then we had a lovely time chatting and choosing our b...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 3, 2004

't Brugs Beertje
Kemelstraat 5
Bruges, Belgium

The Markt (Market Square)

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Attraction | "The Markt"

The Markt (Market Square) Photo, Bruges, Belgium
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The old marketplace is the very centre of the city. I found myself passing through it several times a day, getting from one place to another. It’s a lovely open space – and it was absolutely teeming during the Easter weekend Towering over the space on the south side is the Belfort (Bell tower). Apparently it offers an unparalleled view of the city, if you’re willing to take the 366 steps to get up there. I was more than willing to try the steps, but the line to get in was long, and, frankly, I wasn’t in the mood to wait. Around the other sides of the square are the facades of a number of 17th-century gabled houses (now mostly cafes and souvenir shops), and the Provinciaal Hof, the sit...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 3, 2004

The Markt (Market Square)
City Center
Bruges, Belgium 8000