This summer we had the chance to spend an afternoon in the delightful city of Bruges in the West Flanders region of Belgium. You feel like you have just stepped into a different century as you cross countless bridges over picturesque canals, view medieval churches and stroll quaint cobblestone streets lined with pleasant brick houses.
We found a parking spot and the first little shop we happened to pass by was good fortune (for me) indeed! The creative window display of this shop caught my eye and without wasting any time my daughter and I popped for a quick look while our men stayed outdoors. Very open and airy – and oodles of pretty things to make any creative person's heart beat faster – the tables were filled with a selection of lovely beads and jewelry-making ornaments of all types.The sweet salesgirl (perhaps the owner?) was nice enough to let me take a photo or two.
We didn't linger too long – as I could spy my bored little boys fidgeting outside the large windows - but long enough to purchase a small envelope of a few pretty flower cabochons. I don't know exactly how or what I will make with them but they do look so sweet with some other treasures we gathered from the nearby North Sea beach.
We then arrived at the bustling market square just in time to hear the chimes and bells of a pretty carillon.
As we continued our casual walk through the city, I couldn't help but be filled with the feeling that this city has a very creative vibe and I could easily imagine coming here for a week or two for some sort of artistic retreat.....
My city snapshots are the result of balancing one Amy Butler tote bag (packed with raincoats) on one shoulder (more about that bag in another post!), an unruly umbrella in the left hand and the camera in the right - and - out of the corner of my eye hoping I wouldn't lose sight of my family. (My littlest one nibbling on a white chocolate mouse praline underneath his raincoat - how sweet is that! And look at those glossy cobblestone streets- sigh...I am a hopeless romantic...)
Every half-hour or so the brilliant blue skies and sunshine would succumb to a menacing black cloud bearing rain and thunder. Still, who can complain in a lovely city with a chocolate shop on every corner, beautiful handmade lace, the click-clopping of horses pulling carriages and the fragrance of fresh waffles filling the air. Not I!
Always time for something sweet!
This is certainly a city you don't want to miss! I can't wait to go back. Preferably with a sketchbook and a little bit more time.