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Bruges, Belgium

Bruges for the stroke survivor - and others!

  • By SilverTraveller Thelma-Winyard

    3 reviews

  • Apr 2014
  • Husband

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We recently travelled to Bruges for an independent short break, booking our travel and sourcing our hotel on spec, via the internet.



My husband is a stroke survivor who no longer drives, so we are dependent on public transport when we go on holiday and need to find hotels with accessible rooms and to visit places that are easy to get around on foot.



Bruges turned out to be perfect in all respects. Living in London means that Eurostar was the obvious way to go. If you book for Brussels, then your tickets are valid for any onward Belgian station. Trains run frequently from Brussels station to Bruges; you don’t have to book – just hop on and find a seat. The change at Brussels was easy and the whole journey ran smoothly. Phew!



On arrival, we took a taxi to Hotel Montanus, in the old centre of the city. In fact, it is only a 15-minute walk from the station but stroke survivors have their limitations! The hotel was delightful. Behind the main mansion-like hotel building (which has an elevator), there is a delicious cottage garden, with striking modern water features and pretty fruit trees all around. Beyond this are a number of garden rooms, both at ground- and first-floor levels. These are very private and have lovely views. We stayed in one of these, so were able to enjoy the garden in the early morning and evening. It was like being in the heart of the country.



Walking round Bruges was easy and we enjoyed all the touristy things including a horse-drawn carriage ride, explored the prettiest almshouses – one close to our hotel was dauntingly called ’Our Lady of the Seven-Term Labour’. The mind boggles! Of course, we sampled the local beer, Straffe Hendrik, and ate sweet wafels, laced with cream and fruit.



We also enjoyed some terrific restaurant meals, one especially at De Bekoring, which served hearty Felmish dishes in an atmospheric, Gothic interior.



All in all, a great weekend. Thoroughly recommended, although we had to diet afterwards!

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