Holiday to Belgium-Belgium’s Most Romantic City

On our second day in Bruges, we skipped breakfast and instead went on a horse and carriage ride whilst the weather was dry.

Way back in 2014 we had a horse and carriage ride in Bruges and loved it, so I was excited to do it again.

Clip clopping through the cobbled streets.

Part way through the ride, our lovely horse Pepijn was given a break to eat and drink.

The Horse Head Drinking Fountain, which is where the horses troughs are filled up with water.

Whilst Pepijn was being fed, we walked around the nearby canals.

Before finishing our horse and carriage ride.

The thirty minute ride was scenic, romantic and the perfect way to see more of the city.

It’s something I’d definitely recommend doing if you’re in Bruges.

After a lovely start to the day, we walked back towards the canals to take photos and to enjoy one of Bruges most romantic spots.

Despite the weather starting to rain on and off, we walked to Minnewaterpark.

Minnewater Bridge, a recognizable location as it’s featured in the ‘In Bruges’ film.

Minnewater Lake.

Minnewater is also called the ‘Lake of Love’.

The legend goes that a girl named Minna was in love with Stromberg, a warrior of a neighbouring tribe. Minna’s father disapproved of her seeing Stromberg and arranged for her to marry someone he’d chosen.

Minna escaped and ran into the forest, but by the time Stromberg found her, she’d died of exhaustion. He later buried her on the bottom of the lake, to keep their love in these waters forever. Hence the Lake of Love name.

After a wonderful walk around, we headed to the beguinage.

The beguinage in Bruges dates back to 1245, however, most of the buildings are from the 19th century.

A beguinage was a community of women who followed the example set by the apostles: poverty, simplicity and preaching.

The Beguines were single or widowed women who wanted to live in a religious way, but outside of a convent and were not nuns. The last beguinage left in 1927 and it has since then been left to a community of Benedictine nuns.

Inside the Church of Our Lady of Consolation on the beguinage grounds.

As it was creeping towards mid-afternoon, we stopped at De Proeverie Tea-Room for replenishment.

Banana cupcakes.

A tea for me and a hot chocolate for my partner.

The fun thing about De Proeveries hot chocolate, is you stir a chocolate spoon into hot milk and make your own drink.

Feeling energised, we popped in some shops and visited a few more sights.

Such as Arentshof Park which has statues of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Bonifacius Bridge.

The Markt.

And Stadhuis (Bruges City Hall).

We then visited one of my favourite churches, The Basilica of the Holy Blood.

The 12th-century basilica is best known for having a phial that’s said to contain a cloth with Jesus’ blood.

The phial is brought out daily for visitors to see and if you make a small donation to the church, you can go up and put your hands on the holy relic itself.

No photos are allowed, but it’s a special experience.

After visiting the upper chapel, we headed to the lower chapel dedicated to St. Basil the Great.

Before heading to a nearby Salvador Dali Exhibition for more culture and art.

After a busy day of exploring, we returned to our hotel to rest.

Before heading out for dinner a couple of hours later at Salade Folle.

I had a delicious vegetable lasagne and garlic bread, whilst my partner had a veggie burger.

Bellies full, we went for an after dinner walk.

Making the most of our last night in beautiful Bruges, before heading to Ghent the next day.

29 thoughts on “Holiday to Belgium-Belgium’s Most Romantic City

    1. The weather was nice😊 I love cold, sunny days. Bruges is a lovely place in colder weather as you have cosy tea-rooms and chocolate shops to duck into😊 It was adorable. The horses are only allowed to work 1 day a week, maximum 2 in busy months. The rest of the time they live in nearby stables and fields, so they’re well cared for☺ x

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    1. Aaw thank you😊 I know what you mean. I did a horse and carriage ride there too and whilst my horse looked healthy and fine, I did wonder if they was over worked and I don’t like that the horses go on a main road. In Bruges they can only work 1-2 days per week, only a certain amount of hours those days, must have a break during each ride and have monthly vet check-ups. So they have a better quality of life☺ x


  1. Aww, Pepijn looks like a nice horse and treated well. I wonder if it thinks of it as work to walk around and cart you around or if they like being out and about.
    The photos of the Minnewater water look so brooding with the clouds, I really like it! (but sorry about the weather not being perfect… and a sad story / legend)
    I’m not the biggest fan of Salvador Dali… so weird and not visually appealing to me.

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    1. He was a lovely horse and all the horses in Bruges are well cared for😊 Apparently Pepijn had two weeks off as they rotate the horses, so the guy said he was keen to go. He was eager to get moving as soon as we got in, so I think they probably enjoy life as a working horse so long as they’re not overworked. It did look beautiful with the brooding clouds and sun. It was supposed to rain all day that day, so we got lucky as it was on and off. But I liked the way the sky kept changing😊 I strangely liked the legend. I’m a sucker for a sad/romantic tale. Haha you’re like my partner, he’s not much of a Dali fan. I went to a great exhibition in London once and it explained a lot of the story behind all of his art, so I really like him. I can see that a lot of people find him a bit odd, I’m not a fan of Picasso for that reason. X

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  2. Girl I think this is one of my favorite travel posts you have done! Bruges is absolutely MAGICAL! I adore all your pictures! The cobblestones, the history! What an awesome place! I love it! Also you and Mark are relationship goals! You guys are so cute! ❤

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  3. Way back in, I think, 2005 I went on a horse and carriage ride in Bruges too! How awesome! I have adored looking through your photos, reminding me of the wonderful city. X

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  4. A horse and carriage ride looks like the perfect way to see some sites – the streets look empty too! Nice that they let the horses stop for refreshment and a break too – I’ve heard that that’s not the case with the ones in New York Central Park – it put me off wanting to do it there!
    Salvador Dali’s egg is creeping me out – I don’t know what it is about it maybe it’s the penis like shapes around the base haha.
    Bruges looks so pretty at night, it looks like you caught decent weather for Winter with the sun showing it’s face sometimes!

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    1. The horse and carriage ride in Bruges is so lovely. It’s been my favourite place to do it, as there’s cute cobbled streets☺ Yeah the horses can only work one to two days a week, must have breaks during each ride, be checked by a vet monthly and go to stables and fields the rest of the time. They’re treated well☺ Our horse in New York looked healthy but I bet they don’t get great treatment😔 😂 I just saw a lobster, but now I’m seeing rude shapes now you’ve said it haha. Bruges is lovely at night and safe. We was lucky as it was supposed to rain a lot, but it was just cold with a bit of rain here and there x


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