For the last two years I have been lucky enough to head on a European break during the first week of January. This is a great time to visit busy tourist cities, as they are often much quieter than at other times of the year (you also get to see the tail end of any festive decorations!)
This year Des and I decided to head to Bruges with 6 other friends. As someone who lived in the Netherlands for a while and in easy reach of the Low Counties, Bruges has always been on my "to visit" list.
Sadly I didn't make enough of my time living out there though when it came to travelling, therefore it never got crossed off.
For anyone who hasn't seen the infamous film "In Bruges", the city is a gorgeous medieval relic, boasting a set of concentric canals which helped to build the city into a major trading port during the 12th - 15th centuries.
Alongside history, the city is also famous for its beer. During the 15th century, the city had 54 registered breweries operating inside the walls. This tradition has continued, despite a dwindling in numbers down to only two active breweries.
Staying in a large AirBnB, about 20 minutes walk from the city centre, we were determined to take in the history, culture and alcoholic traditions of the city during our four day trip.
Whilst I could go into a LOT of detail about the exact particulars of who, what, when, I really do think this is a city where the sights do the talking...