Oh man.

We had such a lovely holiday, y’all.

Four days of napping and walking and sightseeing and unplugging and spending good quality time together.  It was delicious, and the perfect switch off after a very busy couple of months.  I think Bruges may be the perfect destination for a mini-break – plenty to do but also a chilled, relaxed pace of life.  Great beer, a few frites, and time to enjoy each other’s company.  Perfect.  More pics next week as part of my Project Life post, but this week I thought I’d share the instagram fun 🙂  Enjoy!

We visited SO many pubs and bars.  This is Matthew in our favourite one, ‘t Bruges Beertje.  Lovely staff, cosy pub, great beer list.  And they played classical music in the background, which is genius!  Why don’t more venues do this?

One of my highlights was going on a horse and carriage ride around the city.  It was so fun, and a great way to get your bearings.  Bruges is fairly compact and easy to navigate, but there are wonders around each corner.


We also took a boat ride on the canal that runs through the city – I loved the chance to see Bruges from a different angle and to snap tonnes of pics!


We very much enjoyed our tour of the Halve Maan brewery (beer was definitely a theme!) – our tour guide, Andrew, was a riot!  Also wonderful was the view from the top of the brewery.


The belfry in the Markt.  It’s a long way up (366 steps!), but the view was superb!  The bells in here are lovely – there’s a carillion a little like a music box, and as our hotel was a stone’s throw from here we were able to enjoy them a lot.  A lovely sound to awake to.


Loved this dog napping in the sunshine!


At the top of the belfry – made it!


Fingal and Florence enjoying a candlelit date…and a beer!


All ready for the Eurostar!


The view from the top of the belltower.  Beautiful.

We went to a bar that had a wall of beer.  I found my favourite – Kwak!


On a boat, baby.



As I said, there was a lot of napping…this is my post nap look 😉

We did a lot of museums, from the sublime (churches!  Art!), to the ridiculous (frites! Chocolate!) and enjoyed them all.  Here’s Matthew at the chocolate museum.

Such a fun trip.  I love our minibreaks 🙂


  1. Masala Chica
    26th October 2012 / 9:03 pm

    Wow – what an awesomely documented vacation (and beer appreciation) getaway! I feel like we could really use one of those right about now :-(!Kiran

  2. Riot Kitty
    27th October 2012 / 12:04 am

    Haven't seen you in the blog world other than here, now I know where you have been! What could be more awesome than a chocolate museum?

  3. The Garners
    27th October 2012 / 3:44 am

    Loved your pictures!

  4. Siobhan
    25th November 2012 / 10:34 am

    Yay Bruges!

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