THINGS TO DO:
- Bruges – is this a fairy tale or real life? The UNESCO world heritage city is filled with medieval architecture, canals with swans floating by, cobblestoned pathways and cathedrals. What’s not to love? I’d personally not heard much about the place prior to visiting and consequently was blown away by its beauty and charm. You could easily spend hours walking around and exploring this picturesque town. Don’t forget to divert off onto the smaller side alleyways as you never know what you might find. If you’re incredibly lazy you may find the overpriced Segway or horse drawn tours enticing. Regardless of which way you decide to explore make sure you pop your head into Saint Salvator’s Cathedral as it’s worth a look and gaze your eyes up at the Church of our lady. At 115 meters in height it’s pretty difficult to miss as it towers over all other buildings in the city and holds the title as the second tallest brickwork tower in the world.
- Brendene – we were delighted to see this Belgian beach town after several days away from the coast. We arrived after 8 pm and found all of the campground receptions offices unstaffed, so be sure to arrive early in the day to avoid disappointment. We were able to fill up with free water but unfortunately the campgrounds outsmarted us as you required tokens to use the hot showers. We decided to hit the freezing ocean instead! There were beach showers and we were able to free camp across the road from the beach which was great. A good place for passing through although nothing in comparison to Australian beaches. We wouldn’t rush back any time soon.
- Future noteworthy places to visit on our “to do” list include Ghent, Brussels and Antwerp. Stay tuned.
- Eat like the locals with chocolates, waffles, fries and beer! The beer is nearly as cheap as water which could have potentially been dangerous if we intended on staying for a while! Ps. The Belgian chocolate was devoured before any photographs could be taken.
Bruges is best to explore by foot unless you’re incredibly lazy as mentioned above. We free parked outside the city (about 2 kilometres) and easily walked across the bridge into the heart of it all to explore for the afternoon.