Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Bruges at Christmas

I know it's a little late to be talking about Christmas, (or early, it depends how you look at it!) but I really wanted to share a little bit from our trip to Bruges incase you have been thinking about going & to inspire you to start planning for next Christmas ! 

From the moment we arrived in the square at night (we got a taxi from the station which took about 5 minutes) I was in love with Bruges. It was dark so the square had such a magical christmassy feel to it and we were so happy to discover just how close our hotel was to the square. We stayed at Martins Bruges and we really happy with it. The rooms were basic but modern and the bar area was lovely. The breakfast was a delicious buffet (I love a hotel buffet) and the range was amazing ! I had a bit of everything !

As soon as we dropped our bags off we ventured out in to the square. We couldn't believe the location, it was so good ! It turned out to be perfect for us as when we had bought too much shopping / got really cold - we could quickly nip back easily. 

We had a hot dog from one of the street vendors and it was delicious ! 

We then chose a restaurant that we could sit outside because they had these lovely little fires on the tables and I ordered a waffle with cream and chocolate sauce & a baileys hot chocolate (not cheap) and Si had a baileys coffee. It was the perfect start to our little break and I think my favourite moment of the whole trip - just look at that view (1st image).

We then walked down the road to find the iconic view in Bruges (2nd image) and it was even more beautiful in real life. 

Then back to the hotel bar and we had our first Belgium beer - I am not really a big beer drinker - but it had to be done and I actually really enjoyed it. 

The next day we ventured out to the Old Chocolate House cafe - a lovely friend on Instagram had told me about it and it didn't disappoint.

Just LOOK at that hot chocolate. The cup was the size of my head and I just loved that you got to add your own chocolate and whisk it in. You got to choose between milk, white or dark chocolate. Amazing.

Walking around was just so christmassy, I absolutely loved it.

We then climbed the Belfry and you can see the view from the top (4th image below) was well worth the hundreds of steps and having to stop to keep letting people past on the way down.

It was pretty steep and on the way back down I had to get Si to carry my bag as I thought I was going to go flying down the stairs - I was happy to reach the bottom !

We were really lucky that the boats were still running - I think they close if the weathers really bad but it was quite mild when we were there, cold but mild so that was amazing. The little boats takes you all around the city and it's a great way to see everything. The 2nd image below is the hotel from the film 'In Bruges'.

I think what I loved most about Bruges was just walking around and the christmas lights at night, I went Ice Skating, ate way too many chocolates (oh my - the chocolate shops - there are SO many), at chips with mayo, shopped til we dropped (they have Mango, H&M, Zara & C&A - who remembers C&A - ha!) - everything was just fabulous and the perfect city to visit at Christmas. I will definitely be going again ! We also went on a horse and carriage ride at night & it was just so beautiful, was about 39 euros, but worth it!

I hope you have enjoyed reading and it has helped if you have been considering Bruges for a city break ! Let me know if you like these kind of posts and I will share more places I have been ! 

Thanks for reading, 


Monday, 19 January 2015

Happy 2015


Sorry I am a little late to wish you all a happy new year - where has the time gone ? I can't believe we are nearing the end of January. I have slowly slid in to 2015. I had such a wonderful Christmas, seeing friends and family, eating WAY too much, spent a lovely weekend in Bruges and have just enjoyed relaxing and having a lot of 'me time'.

I found this lovely quote on Pinterest and it's from the Thyme is Honey blog and I can totally relate to all of them so I wanted to share it. I am a sucker for lists and goals but have yet to set any in writing. I know what I want though - so I am working on it, maybe I will print this out, does anyone have any advice for setting goals and sticking to them ?

My main one is my health. You may have noticed the recent healthy posts on here, that's because I am trying my best to get this on track. I will be sharing more as & when I find inspiration or yummy recipes to share. I have been doing a little yoga and really enjoying it - although I seem to have lost my trainers - I really need to find them and get out jogging ! 

Send more snail mail - this one is really exciting for me as I have signed up for 'Happy Mail' by A Beautiful Mess - each month you receive a selection of stationery, so I will definitely be doing more of this, check it out - it's all been gorgeous so far !

Travel - this is something I love to do but haven't done much of recently, so I am going to try and make some plans, I would love to go to Santorini this year ! Lets see ! 

Let me know your plans and goals for 2015 (or forever goals) & I wish you a happy 2015! 

Michelle x 

P.S I have had a little blog refresh - what do you think ? x