Bruges Break

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Hi everyone!

Last thursday Steve and I plus two best friends, Mandy and Lloyd, took ourselves off to Bruges for a little Christmas break and it was just perfect!

Bruges 2009 050 Here's a piccy of us in the main market square. Behind us is a lovely little ice skating area. It was great to go during the week as opposed to the weekend because it was all quiet enough that you weren't lost in crowds but enough people for there to be a delightful Christmassy ambience.

We set off early on the thursday by car to Dover and went by ferry to Calais..it was super quiet, very few other people around, surprisingly. Driving from Calais to Bruges was pretty clear even with all the snow!

Once we were all booked in at the hotel the first stop was the market square and some warming 'Gluwein' (mulled wine). There were lots of little stalls around the square selling Bratwurst, shiny candied apples and Christmas ornaments. Just beautiful.

Bruges 2009 065 I was rather pleased with this piccie which I took on my casio exilim that I bought as a tsv! Actually I really was Miss QVC..the tomtom satnav was also from QVC, the coat I was wearing was afux shearling one from Centigrade, the handy bag I carried was a Kipling and the boots which kept my feet amazingly cosy and never cold (the others were complaining of cold wet feet, bless them) were my Emu boots! Well, they're really ones I bought for my daughter but she kindly let me borrow them. They make great patterns in the snow, too!

Bruges 2009 092 We stopped off in little bars and cafes and ate a fair amount of Belgian chocolates, too! It was all perfect. We were in the bar of our hotel at the end of the evening when we noticed on tv there was a constant stream of news stories about the snow and how it was causing havoc on the roads which we had come in on!! We were feeling a bit nervous, especially when I was getting texts from home asking how I was going to get back as roads were being closed back home, too!

I don't know if we had a Christmas angel watching over us but our entire trip back home was problem free! Our ferry was one of the last ones back prior to Dover closing its port and we passed the miles and miles of 'Operation Stack' traffic on the M20 and just felt so sorry for them all. How lucky we were! We had originally planned to go by Eurostar, too. you can imagine how lucky we now feel in light of recent events.

Here's another lovely picture of the square by night to finish on! Have a blissfully happy Christmas and a magical new year full of hope & happiness!

Lots of love from Catherine and all the family xxx

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2 Comments

  1. Nicola Rippon December 23, 2009 at 12:37 pm -  Reply

    What lovely pictures of your trip! My Mum & I did the Berlin Christmas markets this year. In the past I have done Krakow and Copenhagen. All of which are fantastic and well worth the trip (of course for these you need to brave the airports but there are some good deals around, it seems!) And in particular Copenhagen is gorgeous with all the homes and businesses lighting candles on windowsills and even on their doorsteps! Really beautiful. You’ve whetted my appetite for Bruges’ markets now!
    I went to Bruges a few years ago around Halloween – another gorgeous festival that the Bruges folk seem to do so well – multi-coloured pumpkins on every street etc. Those Belgian chocolates really are the best around, aren’t they? One of my favourite ways to consume it is in the lovely ‘warm chocolate’ drinks on offer everywhere. Really wonderful – I hope you had some.
    Merry Christmas to you and all your loved ones!

  2. Catherine Huntley December 24, 2009 at 10:33 am -  Reply

    Hi Nicola,
    How lovely to hear from you. Oh your Christmas market trips sound lovely and have inspired me to get thinking for another market next year.
    I’ve been to the beautiful markets in Berlin in the winter but not at Christmastime, itself. I remember it being wonderful even without all the Christmas trimmings.
    The Copenhagen candles sound beautiful, too! As it’s Christmas Eve I am burning a Yankee gingerbread candle right now and it’s filling the house with the most beautiful aroma. I’m also burning a mandarin cranberry one in the bathroom with the door shut whilst my bath runs so the room will be lovely & Christmassy.
    I hope you have the loveliest Christmas, Nicola. Thank you for all the little chats on here in 2009, here’s wishing you a very happy 2010, too.
    Lots of love,
    Catherine x

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