bruges, belgium | a fairytale city

I have a confession to make. When I look at the majority of our travel photos, my eyes burn. We didn’t have a DSLR back then, and used a simple Sony point and shoot… WITH flash. Now, you can totally achieve an awesome photograph with a point and shoot, but when you throw a flash into the mix… What were we thinking? I try to edit these photos so they don’t make my blog look too terrible, but there’s only so much Lightroom can do. I almost feel like we need to plan additional trips to all of these cities because I need to take better photos. Any excuse to travel, right?

Back to Bruges.

Before we hopped on a plane to Bruges, B insisted we watch the movie In Bruges with Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. To make a long story short, it was an awful movie. At one point I wasn’t even sure why we were still watching it. One thing I do remember, however, was that the characters described Bruges as a f*cking fairytale. Indeed it is.

Bruges, Belgium
Bruges, Belgium

Everything about Bruge is cute. Christmas shops with fun trinkets were scattered on every street, people were riding around in horse-drawn carriages, restaurants served waffles, chocolates and any other treat you could ever want — Bruges was a flippin’ fairytale!

Bruges, Belgium
Bruges, Belgium
Bruges, Belgium

We visited the Basilica of the Holy Blood which was interesting because we got to examine a vial that supposedly contains Christ’s blood. The basilica was gorgeous and it was a moving experience, however, children and tourists were loud as people were trying to pray. Since people need to remember to be respectful, it’s not a great place for large groups or rowdy kids.

Bruges, Belgium
Bruges, Belgium
Bruges, Belgium
Bruges, Belgium
Bruges, Belgium
Bruges, Belgium
Bruges, Belgium

Bruges is a peaceful town and we spent most of our time walking along the canals on the cobbled streets. It was raining most of the day but that didn’t deter us from exploring every inch. And eating a lot of food at different cafes.

Bruges, Belgium
Bruges, Belgium
Bruges, Belgium
Bruges, Belgium

And what’s a trip to Belgium without beer tasting? We’ll definitely miss the wonderful selection…

Bruges, Belgium

Have you ever been to Bruges?


Filed Under: Belgium, Travel40 Comments
  • erica @ to the sea

    I totally feel the same way about all my travel pics prior to 2012! You definitely still got some good ones, though. :)

  • Lauren

    This looks like a beautiful place :)

  • Brittany Ruth

    I’ve been to Brussels, Tongeren, Arlon, and Bastogne in Belgium but never Bruges. People have said that Bruges is the best place to go to in Belgium and I think they are right. If I ever go back to Belgium then it will have to be Bruges!

    -Brittany Ruth

  • Irene

    In Bruges, terrible movie; Bruges, lovelier than lovely city. I’ve been there a couple of times and it was a really beautiful place to visit but way too quiet. And everytime I went to Bruges it was raining as well!
    You photos are good! I have the same painful feeling when I look at my old photos from my year in Belgium, they’re so terrible! I still have a simple digital compact camera but a few photography lessons and tons of practice have improved the outcome significantly. And now I’m even thinking of upgrading to a DSLR camera :)

  • amandafolk

    I’m still in that photography stage where I’m trying to get my point and shoot under control. Thankfully, I’ve stopped using flash. ;) I love all the reds in these pictures! Bruges looks like a cute place to visit!

  • Debbie Buisson

    Absolutely loved this city!!!!!!! I watched the movie AFTER my visit and I thought it was hilarious! I guess because I understood the jokes an I loved seeing the sights in the movie :) And I deal with British humor everyday, so that might have helped too :) Anyway, yes, Bruges is flippin’ faaaabulous!!

  • jackie jade

    aww so excited to be on the blog today! i’ve never been to bruges, but was in brussels, belgium for one night. i did most of my travelling back in 2002 and 2005-ish so a lot of my photos were actually taken on film and are super awful. i also feel like i need to travel to a lot of the same places again just to get better photos (and p.s. – the photo of me here was taken in london when i went back with a digital camera, so is a teensy bit better!)
    — jackie @ jade and oak

  • Dannielle

    I LOVED bruges, and everyone I was with kept talking about that movie and I haven’t seen it still (sounds like i’m not missing out). I can’t wait to put my belgium pics up now!

    Dannielle | Chic-a-Dee

  • Shannon

    I loved Bruges. We only went for the day but I’d love to go back with my DSLR. It truly is one of the prettiest places in Europe.

  • Kelly Z

    It looks like a beautiful place! Definitely makes me want to go there.

  • Robert Hill

    I’ve never been to Bruges but would love to go. I spent last christmas in Zurich & Vienna. Perhaps I’ll spend christmas in Bruges this year – it definitely looks like a ‘chistmasy’ place ~~~ Backpacks & Broken Cameras

  • Rach

    Love Bruges! Dumon Chocolates in Bruges is seriously one of the best places on Earth!
    Brachel Boulevard

  • Casey Martin

    Bruges has always been high on my list… looks beautiful!!!

  • Vanessa Morgan

    Next time you’re in Belgium I’d be happy to show you around.

  • Erika from Chimerikal

    Bruges looks cute! I didn’t make it there, as I chose Antwerp over Bruges but it seems like Christmas is the best time to be in Belgium… or at least, I think!


  • Ashley

    I thought of Bruges as a mixture of Venice and Amsterdam. Something about the canals you know? I crave Belgian waffles with ice cream and chocolate whenever I think of it. Or just chocolate in general. SO good.

    And seriously about the pre-DSLR phase of life. I couldn’t agree more. But YOUR pictures still look great!

  • The Golden Girls

    Amazing, amazing, amazing! As always! Hugs from Cali! xx The Golden Girls

  • Becca May

    I’m not even sure of the words I can come up with to say how beautiful that place is!!!!!!! Amazing!

  • Sarah Shumate

    I can’t tell these were taken with a point-and-shoot! You must have amazing editing skills! I know what you mean about wishing you could do-over trips and take better pictures the second time around. Just last year we spent 16 days in India and the majority of my pictures are just so-so. :o( Be glad you started as early as you did, though. What if you hadn’t gotten your DSLR until you were like 50?!

  • Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes}

    Wow, absolutely beautiful!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Amy @ The Tide That Left

    Bruges is amazing. We went there on our first ever holiday together and for that reason it will always be special.

    Since I started blogging regularly I’ve realised how shoddy my camera work is. I’m not a photographer by any stretch at the best of times (it took me years to stop chopping the tops of peoples head off!) so I have a long way to go, but I really fancy getting myself something better to work with. Maybe one day!

  • Diane VintageZest

    Here’s my own post about Bruges! My guy warned me NOT to watch the movie In Bruges before our trip because he knew I wouldn’t like it. For such a beautiful city, I think there needs to be a new movie. Perhaps “Bruges, I Love You” like the Paris & New York versions!

  • Diane VintageZest
  • Amanda

    I watched In Bruges because every single one of my male friends here in England adore it. It’s very British-male humour. Although it did make me want to go to Bruges, I haven’t been yet! xx

  • Aleksandra Couture

    Love these phoeos

  • courtnirae

    I went to Brugge last year and ate at the place in your picture, le panier d’ or. I have the same thing as you, mussels, beer, waffles,and pomme frites!

    A Golden State of Mind

  • Rachel

    Now I want to go to Belgium! That first photo especially looks like a fairytale!

  • Lena Elise

    I have been here! I bought my mom lots of lace! My host mom and dad were so sweet and took me all around town! I miss Belgium so much!!! Such a beautiful place!!

    This Lovely Little Day

  • The Slow Pace

    Last year I spent four days in Bruges. I know that they say you can see Bruges in a few hours, but for us four days weren’t enough. It was so adorable, so beautiful, so charming… we didn’t want to leave. We enjoyed wonderful meals and there was chocolate everywhere, it was heaven!!!
    Beautiful pictures, by the way! ;)

  • City Life Attempter

    Bruges looks so awesome! It’s definitely going on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing :)

  • Rachel Sedaker

    I know how you feel about pre-DSLR pictures. The first year I lived in France, I had a film camera (and it was 2004-05!) and the second time, my Nikon point and shoot (digital by this point) crapped out at some point during the year and the rest of my pictures all had a weird pink glow to them. So I am definitely feeling the need to return to Europe so I can get all new pictures!

    Anyway, your pictures of Bruges had me longing to return- it was one of those pleasant surprises for me. Plus, you can’t go wrong in a place that has lots of waffles, fries, chocolate, and beer!

  • Chantal

    Bruges is such a lovely picturesque place to be. I loved it when I was there. And of course the waffles and Belgian chocolate are awesome ;)

  • Heather Marie

    WOW i want to go to Bruges now… that looks like an amazing city. maybe one day soon :)

  • kpsays

    Your photos are stunning! Bruges looks like a fascinating/charming place to visit! The only place I’ve visited in Europe is England.

    I definitely see a necessary investment in a DSLR camera. My blog is only about 8 weeks old and I can definitely see the difference in photos shot with a DSLR vs. good ‘ol point and shoot, which is what I have now.

    Enjoyed this post! And your puppies are adorable! We have an Australian Shepherd and Standard Poodle who are our constant travel companions (when not flying to our destination). I had Westies growing up. They are such scrappy little love bugs :)

  • Tiffany

    I actually like the look they have! They are great photos!


  • nikkibausch

    Amazing photos! I don’t get why you’re complaining. They seem like they were shot in better quality than most of my travel photos (because I have a limited budget for gadgets). I took a trip to Belgium in May this year, and was disappointed that I didn’t have the time to get to Bruges. But I did go to Gent, Kuurne-Kjortik, and Brussels. All were very lovely cities (and villages in the case of Kjortik).

  • Sara Louise

    Bruges has to be the quaintest city on earth! It looks like a fairytale. Looking at your photos, I’d expect to see Snow White or Cinderella pop out :)

  • Sue @ SimonsSistaSaw

    Bruge is a beautiful little town isn’t it? I spent a few days there a couple of years ago between Christmas and NYE when the Christmas markets were still on and winter was in full force which really only added to its beauty.

  • Kaitlin

    Aaaah this brings back such happy memories! I went in December 2008 on the way to Amsterdam from Sussex. We only stayed a day but I would LOVE to go back!

  • Paola Ysabel

    I’ve been to Bruges back in 2006 and the place is indeed a fairytale! I loved the architecture displayed all over the place! Would love to go back :)