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Bruges

Bruges offers a wonderful short break destination at any time of the year, both Dina and Helen have recently visited and can give you their first hand knowledge and experience of this wonderful destination to ensure to make the most from your trip.

In the Middle Ages Bruges was one of the richest cities in Northern Europe, bypassed by the industrial revolution it has survived almost as a living mediaeval masterpiece with canals, cobbled streets, guild houses, palaces and churches. Often referred to as ‘The Venice of the North’ it is compact and easy to wander around and offers a fascinating short break destination either on its own or combined with other Belgium cities such as Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, or The Hague.

Departing from the beautifully restored St Pancreas Station, Eurostar offers a great alternative to flying. For that special occasion then why not start your trip with a night in the magnificent St Pancreas Renaissance Hotel. After years of careful renovation from the original Midland Hotel the Renaissance is now being hailed as London’s most romantic building. The grand staircase is as dazzling now as when Queen Victoria opened the hotel in 1873 and the hotel now mingles Victorian splendour with contemporary style and service.

The Eurostar takes just 2 hours to reach Brussels and you can relax and enjoy the scenery as you travel to the South Coast via Ashford in Kent and then across into North France before heading to Brussels. The process of check in and security is quick and easy, you only need to arrive 30 minutes prior to departure. The trains are not luxurious but standard class is comfortable with enough space for your luggage and there is a buffet car for light refreshments. On arrival in Brussels you can catch a connecting train to Bruges or opt to stay a night or two in Brussels. The onward journey time from Brussels to Bruges is just 50 minutes and you arrive within walking distance of Bruges centre.

Belgium Main Square

Art Lovers will adore Bruges with treasures from all over Europe housed in three excellent museums, and in the Church of Our Lady you can see Michelangelo’s marble Madonna with Child. In the Middle Ages Bruges was a port and much of the history comes from the weavers who settled here fleeing religious persecution. They made their home in Bruges and started the manufacture of high quality cloth and lace which in turn brought wealth and prestige to the city. As you sail along the canals you will see the merchants houses little changed from medieval times.

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Belgium Chocolates

Belgium is said to have three national passions, 'Beer, Chocolate and Chips' and all are well represented in Bruges! Try a cherry beer in the Old Market Square; enjoy Moules and Frites to the sound to the Flemish chimes from the 13th century belfry; visit the Chocolate Museum and at least one of the many chocolate shops with their mouth watering window displays.

You can visit Bruges at any time of the year and it’s a great city for a short break. May – September see the highest temperatures and longest days with evening warm enough to sit out in the square to enjoy the food, drink and local atmosphere. Winter temperatures are cooler and more unpredictable and there is some rain year round but even in winter the sky can quickly clear to bring sunshine.

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