We arrived in Bruges on Saturday evening after spending the day visiting Brasserie Dupont and Brouwerij Huyghe. The drive into Bruges is unique: the roads approaching the city are typical of Belgium, but upon crossing a bridge over a canal, you are suddenly transported a few hundred years back in time to a lovely historical village. That evening, we enjoyed an outdoor concert performed by a local band in the Market Square as we enjoyed excellent Liege waffles.
The following day, we acquainted ourselves with the city. We began our morning with a narrated canal cruise throughout the city. Viewing Bruges from the canals imparts a whole new perspective of the city; it is a 'must-do' for every visitor. Bruges is quite small, so we quickly familiarized ourselves with the town layout. For lunch, we ate at Brewery De Halve Maan, where we sampled some of their brews. I found the Straffe Hendrik Tripel delectable and Peter treated himself to the Quad.
During our time in Bruges, we also visited Choco-Story, a chocolate museum, and the Bruges Beer Museum.
I found this museum fun and informative as the exhibits enhanced my previous knowledge and appreciate for Belgian chocolate.
On Sunday, we visited the Bruges Beer Museum located just off of Market Square (the city center). Upon entering and paying our 14 euro admission fee (including a tasting at the conclusion of the tour), the museum receptionist handed each of us an iPad and headphones.
We ended this weekend by enjoying a dinner with the excellent company of the Rondia Family: Jean-Claude, Raphael, Jessica, and Jessica’s son. Together, we dined in Liege and shared a delicious meal of boulettes as we talked and laughed the night away. Belgium is starting to feel like home thanks to the kindness and generosity of the Rondia’s and my Brasserie family.