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Breathtaking Bruges

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What could be more romantic & inspiring than a place that looks like a backdrop for a fairy tale? The medieval overtones of Bruges’ cobblestone streets lead to countless historical, architectural & artistic wonders. As you marvel at ornate houses lining the intricate canals, you begin to understand why this is a favourite.

Last weekend Privee arranged a trip to Bruges for one of our members. Here is a snap shot of what we organised for him & the experience he had…

‘I wanted to take a weekend away with my daughter for some quality time. We had done Amsterdam, Paris & the like but where else can you go in Europe where a teenager & her dad can both enjoy themselves, not easy…..but based on the recommendation of Privée the answer was Bruges! What a wonderful place.

We hopped onto the Eurostar at Kings Cross, a short journey over to Brussels, strolled down to another platform & got onto the train to Bruges. By lunch time we had checked into our hotel & were by the canal eating an al fresco lunch of moules & chips with mayonnaise!

Bruges was busting with stunning boutique-style hotels. We stayed at the elegant PandHotel located right in the middle of town along a quaint cobbled street. One of the small luxury hotels of the world chain, this wonderful hotel adorned in Ralph Lauren fabrics & beautiful pieces of furniture welcomed us with open arms & treated us like royalty. Breakfast was served in its ‘shabby chic’ country kitchen with a full working Aga oven from where the chef came out & made your breakfast right in front of your eyes – very cool indeed.

The best way to tour the town was either by bike, a short canal cruise or, a good old fashioned walking tour (our hotel supplied a very knowledgeable guide, Dirk to take us through the history of the city). However without question the best way was Segway.

On these two wheeled machines you can whizz around town for a 1 hour or 2 hour tour with the guides from Segway Brugge (www.segwaybrugge.com) who took us along all the small roads, alley ways, grand squares & canal-sides to bring us an interesting, unique & fun view of the town. Our guide Eddie (who loved Mrs. Bouquet from Keeping Up Appearances) was a really great guy &made my daughter feel at ease as a first time Segway rider.

The architecture is like nothing you have ever seen before with houses &buildings dating back to the 14th & 15th century – quite incredible really!

The food was wonderful, especially the mussels, the chips with mayo & of course, the waffles! But I have never seen so many chocolate shops in my life. For food, for beer, for waffles & for masses of chocolate, there is no question that Bruges is a culinary heaven for any foodie.

Add that to the incredible medieval architecture & you have simply one of the nicest places to visit in Europe that you could ask for.

To finish a fantastic weekend, we had a leisurely journey back on the train at Bruges at 430pm & we were back at Kings Cross at 7pm.’