Trip to Bruges

I’m 8 months pregnant, so there was no way I could travel very far this Summer. But we still wanted to do something to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, so, we drove an hour and a half to Bruges! Warning: this is going to be picture heavy.

First things first: the little card I handcrafted myself …

first year wedding anniversary cotton card handmade paper craft diy with stuffed fabric heart pastel green pistachio mint and white keepsake love personalized initials

This first year’s symbol is cotton – as per Belgian tradition – so I made a cotton heart to match. *you may now proceed to puke at our cheesiness*

Being the cheap bastards we are, we combined two Bongo vouchers we received from Gert’s brother & wife. One was for a fancy hotel stay with Champagne, which we got for our wedding last year. And the purple one was a voucher Gert received for his birthday a few months ago, and which we used towards dinner lol

Bongo prestige dagje Brugge bruges belgium voucher weekend

I, for once, packed very lightly. I was extremely proud of myself, when suddenly an extra furry weight decided to add itself in the hopes of coming along …

cat in luggage suitcase funny cute packing

But alas, #julesthecat stayed home and we arrived to this:

martin's hotels brugge bruges belgium suite room bed bongo bon voucher
martin's hotels brugge bruges belgium suite room bathroom bongo bon voucher
Not too shabby!

indeed :-)

martin's hotels brugge belgium suite room bathroom bongo bon voucher

cambrinus brasserie brewery restaurant brugge belgium bruges facade building by night rain rainy weather beautiful lights summer medieval architecture
We started the evening with dinner at Cambrinus.

Then strolled through the rainy weather …




After which we walked back to our beautiful hotel

martin's hotels bruges brugge belgium by night rainy entrance doorway patio charming style

The next day, we stumbled upon this awesome little corner:

 't terrasje brugse zot terrace cafe bruges brugge belgium  't terrasje brugse zot terrace cafe bruges brugge belgium funny sign opening times open most days occasionally some as late sometimes midnight not here at all lately time somewhere else ian patricia

And saw more of “the Venice of the North”

Then we found a store named after me:

chocoholic choco holic chocolate store bruges brugge belgium facade window front building outside street stoofstraat Katelijnestraat 30 8000 tourist weekend trip

And a store made for me!

Käthe Wohlfahrt kate christmas shop store all year round decoration brugge bruges belgium 8000 Walplein 12 kerstbrugge kerstmis winkel inside interior binnen gifts items products toys dolls
A Christmas shop all year round!

Käthe Wohlfahrt kate christmas shop store all year round decoration brugge bruges belgium 8000 Walplein 12 kerstbrugge kerstmis winkel inside interior binnen gifts items products toys dolls
Just look how ridiculously happy I am!

Käthe Wohlfahrt kate christmas shop store all year round decoration brugge bruges belgium 8000 Walplein 12 kerstbrugge kerstmis winkel inside interior binnen gifts items products toys dolls
So much to buy, so little money …

But still, Christmas in the middle of August = dream come true!
Käthe Wohlfahrt kate christmas shop store all year round decoration brugge bruges belgium 8000 Walplein 12 kerstbrugge kerstmis winkel inside interior binnen gifts items products toys dolls
For anyone who’s interested, here’s the website: Käthe Wohlfahrt

Then we found Gert’s personal Heaven:
Brewery / Restaurant De Halve Maan beer brugge bruges belgium Huisbrouwerij Walplein 26

Brewery / Restaurant De Halve Maan
Brewery / Restaurant De Halve Maan brugge bruges belgium Huisbrouwerij Walplein 26 interior inside

Gert’s idea of a perfect wall:
Brewery / Restaurant De Halve Maan brugge bruges belgium Huisbrouwerij Walplein 26 interior inside wall beer bottles high ceiling

The man in his natural habitat:

I know it’s hard to believe, but this was REALLY taken in the middle of August

So yeah, it was cold, cloudy, windy, crappy, but we still enjoyed every second of it :-)

I mean, just look how pretty!

And finally, the results of our modest shopping …

An appropriate little Christmas ornament from Käthe Wohlfahrt:
Christmas ornament from Käthe Wohlfahrt kate baby boy blue wooden tree decoration pacifier cute adorable gift present birth pregnancy keepsake

And Sam’s first little Bible, which was too cute to resist:

We’re basically already in “parent mode” and didn’t buy anything for ourselves lol

It was nice to have this one last trip as a couple with no children. Although, strangely, we’re more looking forward to trips WITH Sam than by ourselves now. I guess this means we’re totally ready for this baby to come :-)

Anyway, this was definitely my longest blog post to date. But I figured it was time to catch up, since I don’t update this thing as often as I’d like to.

More later!

♥︎ Lisa