Bruges; A Winter Wonderland

This time last year, when Sophia was 13 weeks old, we set off on one of our very first tripleespresso2go adventures, and spent a few nights in the wintery wonderland of Belgium. The thought of Gluhwein at the winter markets and cosy pubs with log fires had us packing the car and booking the hotel. Those of you who have read our ‘Memoires of France with a 5-week old’ will be familiar with our last minute travel antics. We put all of Sophia’s overnight things into her pram, popped it on the back seat and off we set for the land of tulips and windmills.

With Sophia strapped to our front, we enjoyed a few days of sightseeing; cycling to the windmills and walking through the cobbled streets and winter markets. Sophia was too small for the child seat on the bike so we just popped her in the baby carrier and off we went in search of Belgian beer and waffles. Responsible parenting from the get go! Not much has changed 🙂

Bruges is beautiful little place to visit at different times of year and was so easily accessible from the south east of England. We were there in less than 4 hours door to door, via the Eurotunnel, which was quicker than travelling to Belfast the week before! We had been to Bruges for New Year with my sister and brother-in-law a few years previously and it truly was a magical winter wonderland, the perfect place to spend a few days over the Christmas holidays. We visited the ice sculpture exhibition, a local harp concert and went ice skating in the main square by the Belfry. It was absolutely freezing, but so beautiful and had a real Christmas-y feel about it, something which I am not currently experiencing in NZ’s sunshine!

Quite a few years ago (don’t we look young?!) we visited Bruges in Spring. We went to the chocolate museum, did the Half Maan brewery tour, went on a boat trip and a horse-drawn carriage tour of the city, and how could I forget….had an eventful afternoon on a tandem bicycle. We’re still married and survived to tell the tale-just!


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About tripleespresso2go

Jeremy, Katie and Sophia are a family of three from the UK who have a passion for travel, good coffee, music and photography. They are currently based in Penang, Malaysia. Follow their adventures as they taste the finest coffee and photograph their way around the Asia.