I had planned on spending my three days in Belgium all in Bruges. Due to some complications with my host (VERY long story), I ended up spending about one hour in Bruges the first day and then heading to Ostende. The one hour in Bruges was great, but I didn’t get a great feel for the place so I knew I wanted to go back.
Ostende is a cute little beach town in Northern Belgium. The North Sea comes up to it, which is absolutely stunning. The water is a light blue/cerulean (my favorite color!) and the sand is dark yellow. I can imagine that it is incredible during the summer. I was able to catch a little bit of the sunset, but only on my iPhone camera, which is extremely terrible quality.
Ostend doesn’t have a ton to offer, but I figured since I was there on accident, I may as well take advantage of it and check it out. I walked along the shops the next day and stopped in a cafe for coffee and soup. I ended up walking through a gorgeous park that was super green. If it hadn’t been raining earlier, I would have stopped and taken a little break here. But I moved on!
I ended up spending the rest of the afternoon working on my computer and catching up with friends over FaceTime.
The next day, I headed to Bruges. Bruges is an adorable town, and I would highly recommend visiting if you are in the area. It is commonly described as being like a fairy tale. Being there made me feel like I’d been taken back in time. The streets are all cobblestone, there are horse drawn carriages, and the buildings are all super old, colorful, and wonderfully intact. I can’t even explain how adorable this place is. It would be a great place for a family vacation – there were tons of families there. I had lunch in the main square and admired the architecture until it got dark.
LOOK AT ALL THAT STONE.
When the sun started to set, I hopped on a train to Brussels. I was staying there for the night before my bus to Paris the next day.
Too bad I couldn’t drive my shiny new wheels there.
All in all, Belgium is a cute lil country. I definitely liked Bruges the most, it is totally adorable and a really crazy experience. It really feels like you’ve gone back in time. I would definitely recommend Bruges to anyone traveling around the area. If you’ve been to Belgium, let me know your favorite part of the country in the comments!