Brugge at Night
This night is high up on my list of favorite nights in Europe. As we described in our last post – Falling for Brugge – it didn’t take long to fall in love with Brugge! Known for its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings, this city is nothing short of enchanting. We had read that it would be best to stay here for one or two night, but we definitely could have stayed for three to four!
When all of the day-trippers had left the city and the shadows began to fall, the wonderfully mysterious, Gothic charm of this remarkable city emerged. Strolling these cobbled side streets was like being transported back in time. We often found ourselves alone in little walkways, with perfectly lit buildings all around us. It almost felt like there were way more buildings than people in Brugge. This really is one of the most ambient places in Europe.
We moved from the Hoegaardens to another Belgium beer, as the night moved on. These are quite a popular beers (we have them in China, so they MUST BE popular), but this was our first taste test. Honestly, we aren’t fans of either of them. They were very strong, and sort of made us feel sick!
This description of Brugge at night is absolutely PERFECT.
Quiet taken from “Have Camera Will Travel”
“At one time, the canals of Bruges bustled at night. The city’s wharves were crowded with ships. Sailors drank to oblivion. Hawkers sold their wares. Merchants guarded their warehouses packed to the rafters with English wool, Flemish linen, Persian silk. The city’s citizens were among the wealthiest in Europe.
Now it’s still. And it’s beautiful.
The glassy water of the canals reflect the lights and fairy tale architecture. The wet cobblestones glisten under the street lights. And the Belfry of Bruges, along with some of the other landmarks towering above the city, are brightly lit up with floodlights. The canal boats are wrapped up for the night. The horses are back at their stables. The streets are quiet aside from the occasional tourist wandering back to their hotels after a Belgian feast washed down with trappist beer. They walk past the shop windows full of chocolate or Flemish lace. Or they stop by a takeout window for dessert of a Belgian waffle topped with very un-Belgian whipped cream.
And then it’s quiet and still again.”
One of the most magical moments of the evening, was when the bells in the Belfry started to chime. There are various tunes throughout the day, each signaling a specific time – the start of the work day, the end of the work day, noon, etc. We were quite close to the Belfry when the chiming began, so it was truly an enchanting treat. I was grinning from ear-to-ear. It felt as though we were walking through our own little fairytale!
We walked by numerous chocolatiers, and marveled at the tasty creations inside. These wooden spoons, above, are placed into a mug. Everything needed for a perfect hot chocolate is contained in that block attached to the spoon. All you need do is pour in the hot liquid… AND STIR!
This was a perfectly romantic evening, and we thoroughly enjoyed Brugge at night. If you are able to spend more than just a day in this city, we highly recommend it. In fact, for us small-city-lovers – we think that it is A MUST!