If you are reading this, I advise you to sit down as I am about to deliver some news that may very well upset many of you….
I, Jess, will be writing this entry. BEFORE you get upset, think about the positives: No rants, food, history and …..that's about it.
So we left Paris and France altogether, much to Gary's delight, and headed to Brugge, Belgium. Brugge had been recommended to me on several occasions so it's fair to say that we (or at least I) had big expectations. Well, this gorgeous city delivered. It exceeded my expectations and more.
Upon arriving, we did the usual and went straight to the information centre to find out what we could conquer in 2 days. After 40 minutes with a very friendly customer service dude (10 minutes of which were discussing what we could do in town, the next 30 minutes were of Gary and friendly dude talking soccer. I'm now an expert in the Belgian League) we did a walk down the main street and bought some local 'fritte' or fries, with a yummy mustard mayo. Please note, this mayo was not as good as my Nanna's.
In the afternoon that followed, we visited the Chocolate museum, bought chocolate, ate chocolate and gained chocolate weight. I was content with what we had done (hey what girl wouldn't be), but not Gary. Noooo, Gary wanted to try as many beers as he could. "I'll just try a few" he says. Famous last words.
Brugge has the most gorgeous little pubs, restaurants and cafes I think I've ever seen (be sure to look in the photo album). Hidden down tiny little alley ways and down near the old stone bridges, they all serve dozens of beers. Gaz was in heaven.
We hit the jackpot on our arrival in Brugge. Every year on Ascension Day, the city of Brugge holds the Procession of the Holy Blood. But wait, they have been doing this since 1291!! The parade is divided into 2 parts: Part 1 is representing scenes from the old and New Testament; Part 2 is devoted to the relic of the blood of Jesus, brought to Brugge by the Count of Flanders after the second crusade in 1150. And what an experience it was. We were advised by friendly dude to buy seats on the side of the road for the parade - so pleased we did as it went for 90 minutes and it was PACKED! Thousands had come into town for the day just to see the procession. Yes, I went camera crazy.
The remainder of our time there was spent doing what we do best - eating, drinking and taking a million photos. This place was asking for it, I took more photos than those that were taken of William and Kate's first kiss on the balcony. We went on a canal cruise, ate waffles and strolled through the streets just getting lost - well, I was happy getting lost, Gaz had the map in his back pocket and I had to contain him from pulling it out at every intersection.
For those who haven't been, I highly recommend. You will absolutely be missing a treasure if you go to Europe and don't visit.