A scenic byway is a specially designated road that travels through an area of natural or cultural beauty. You can drive on through your life as fast as you can, more focused on the destination than the journey. Or you can choose to be present and revel in the journey that is life. I choose the latter. Eyes wide open and marveling at the beauty that is everywhere all the time - this is My Scenic Byway.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Bruges was our favorite stop on our honeymoon. Very romantic. Quaint. Quiet. Walkable. Cobblestone streets. Canals. Horse drawn carriages. Old churches. Beautiful chocolate shops. Lovely little restaurants with good food and great Belgian beer. We loved it. Will go again.
Hotel De Tuilerieen
I never knew Bruges was such a tourist hotspot. A lot of visitors from Europe, the United States, Asia and many hotels to house them. Most of the hotels are small and many of them are very cute. Because we went to Bruges on a whim, we had not done any research on hotels. Luckily a friend had given us a recommendation, we called from the Paris airport and they had a room. The Hotel Terduinen was nice and I would recommend it, but there are other better options. This hotel faces one of the canals. The owner/manager is very nice. The breakfast was the best we found out of all hotels on the trip that offered breakfast - best croissants on the entire trip. We had a canal facing room, which was nice, but the rooms were just ok. And it was pricier than some other places we checked out later. The location was a further out of the main area than we wanted - about a 15 minute walk.
In our walks around the town we checked out other hotels and found one we really loved - the Hotel Tuilerieen. This hotel made us wish we could stay in Bruges longer. This is where we would stay again. It is right in the heart of the town. We had a gorgeous canal facing room. The building was a 15th century noble residence. It is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Cute hotel bar. Very fancy restaurant. Skip the expensive breakfast with the chocolate fountain (see earlier post), because that really wasn't worth it. Except for that - gorgeous hotel.