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!
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.
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!
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