We have just returned from a two day holiday. We went here....
Over the last few years our holidays have been UK based so this was a bit of a treat. It was a spur of the moment decision and we went by train.
We booked our tickets and a hotel for one night just a couple of days before we went. We left home just after 5:30 am on Thursday and walked through our village to the station. It was a beautiful morning, with the sun just rising and not surprisingly at that time virtually no-one about. The journey went smoothly and we arrived in Bruges around lunch-time. Unfortunately we left the good weather behind, it poured with rain all day in Belgium last Thursday and was dull and cloudy on Friday (yes, I do know that there was unbroken sun here on both days!).
We had not been to Bruges before and it was a great place for a short visit as it is small enough to walk round easily. It is a very pretty place even in the rain and we enjoyed exploring all the cobbled streets before disappearing into a teashop to dry off and sample some of the famous handmade chocolates.
On Friday morning we had a quick walk round Bruges and then caught the train back to Brussels.
We must have walked for miles and it was quite a relief to settle down on Eurostar late Friday afternoon and rest. We chose to visit somewhere we could reach by train instead of flying because it is a "greener" way of travelling but I actually prefer it for travelling a short distance. I particularly enjoyed the hour long journey between Brussels and Bruges, you get a good impression of the countryside from a train. My main impressions from this train trip, houses and gardens are very neat and tidy in Belgium and at the moment there are fields and fields of sweetcorn!