We recently took a waffle-fueled trip to Belgium!

We left on a Wednesday afternoon and drove down to Hull where we took the overnight ferry to Zeebrugge. Our cabin was nothing fancy, but it was fine. Neil liked cruising along the lower bunks.

We arrived in Zeebrugge early on Thursday morning and made the short drive to Brugge/Bruges. We checked in at our hotel and then quickly made our way the Markt (market square) in search of waffles!

There are two main types of waffles in Belgium – the Brussels waffle and the Liege waffle. Brussels waffles are lighter and somewhat crispy. Liege waffles are denser and the sugar in them carmelizes on the outside. Neil liked both kinds.

Fueled with waffles, we then climbed up the 366 steps to the top of Belfry. On the way up we got to see the carillon and the giant drum used to program the bells.

After descending from the tower we wandered the streets and admired how pretty Brugge is.

At this point we were hungry again and decided to sample some of Belgium’s famous beers over lunch. They are tasty, and when in Belgium they are much more affordable (more on this later).

We continued on to visit the Church of Our Lady, where Michelangelo’s Madonna of Bruges lives. Like every cathedral in Europe, this one was undergoing renovations. Neil liked walking (with help) around the choir.

We continued our wandering towards the Béguinage, part of our 3rd World Heritage site of the trip! Béguinages, or begijnhof in Dutch, were clusters of houses around a central courtyard where unmarried women who weren’t nuns but still wanted to serve God could live.

The area around the begijnhof was very pretty. Next to the canal was a small park full of swans and ducks. Neil walked all around the square in his little yellow rain jacket.

During a sunny spell we took a boat tour of the canals. We got to see a different perspective from down on the water. Neil was not that excited by the boat. He just wanted to play with the umbrella.

Despite the rain we had fun in beautiful Brugge!

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