The hotel we stayed in was beautiful and I would go back again. Brugges is such a beautiful clean place with magnificent architecture and friendly people. It is a lovely place to go for a relaxing few days. We went to a brewery for a tour, went on a horse and cart ride which was very romantic, and went on a boat ride. We visited museums and of course sampled the finest Belgian chocolates. The weather was lovely, nice and warm.
We also climbed the Belfry Tower which had 365 steps, I am afraid of heights but going up and the view was absolutely fine, going back down however was a totally different story
. The steps were very narrow and steep and there was just a piece of rope as a handrail. I was petrified and made Ian go first so that if I fell he could catch me (Ian says so he could cushion the blow because I would land on him) I kept saying I can see down as we passed gaps in the stone which were windows with no glass. About half way down there was a room and benches so I sat there for a rest and to build up the courage to continue down the stairs and I must have looked petrified because a lady came up to me and handed me a tissue and patted me on the back saying something to me in a foreign language then turned to Ian and said something to him also but in not such a nice tone. Poor Ian was like what did I do?! Anyway I eventually made it down and didn't fall and break my neck as I thought I would. We still laugh about it today and when we talk about it Ian says I am looking down shrek! I am looking down! The view was Worth it and we got some good pictures.
Brugges 2004 was one of the first holidays Ian and I went on the first being Marsielle France which was horrible and we would never go back there. So we were a bit apprehensive about coming to Brugges but we shouldn't have been it was brilliant. We traveled to Brugges on the Eurostar from Waterloo station London it was a lovely journey and it didn't take too long.