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Europe Trip Recap: Place Flagey + A Day Trip to Bruges

We traveled to Brussels, Bruges and Amsterdam back in June and I’m jumping back into my trip recaps today with a Saturday spent checking out the Place Flagey Market in Brussels and a day trip to Bruges. (Here is a recap of our first day in Brussels and our second.)

Place Flagey Market

Lina and Armando’s place is just a couple of blocks away from Place Flagey. It’s a square located in the Elsene/Ixelles municipality of Brussels. FYI, Brussels is divided into 19 different municipalities. They are political subdivisions and each has its own government that is responsible for law enforcement, schools, roads, parks, public spaces, taxes, etc. Lina lives in Ixelles and has to register as a resident of it.

Place Flagey Market

Okay, back to Place Flagey. Every Saturday there is a big market in the square and vendors fill it up selling everything from cheese to produce to meats to clothing to flea market type things and more.

Place Flagey Market

Look at this Paella! I was sad we couldn’t do any shopping because we were getting ready to depart for Bruges and were off to Amsterdam the next day.

Place Flagey Market

I had to snap a photo of this shirt for you guys! 🙂

Day trip to Bruges

After wandering around the market for a bit, we hopped in Lina and Armando’s car and made the 90 minute drive to Bruges. It’s an extremely charming city located in Northwest Belgium. It’s known for its canals and fairytale-esque vibe. I was so excited to see it!

Bruges The Markt

Our first order of business was lunch. We got a table at an outdoor cafe in The Markt, Bruges’ central square.

Jen Peanut Butter Runner Europe

I decided it was a good time for my first Belgian beer of the trip! It was a gorgeous day.

tuna nicoise

I had a tuna nicoise salad for lunch. I definitely wasn’t expecting canned tuna but oh well.

Bruges Belgian Waffle

We walked around a bit after lunch and of course we had to sample a Belgian waffle. I have to say the Bruges Belgian waffle was even better than the one we had in Brussels. It made up for the salad. 😉

Jen Eddins Tanner Bazemore

The canals in Bruges are absolutely gorgeous. Bruges is seriously like stepping into a story book. It’s unbelievably charming with its medieval architecture, cobblestone streets and canals.

Our gracious hosts.

2be Bruges

Our wandering led us to 2be Beer Wall.

2be Bruges

A beer tasting seemed like a good idea.

2be bruges

The guys picked out eight different beers and we had fun tasting them and comparing notes, likes and dislikes. We definitely all had differing opinions on the beers!

Bruges Canals

More walking and sightseeing.

Bruges Canals

I so wish we had more time to spend in Bruges.

Sint-Salvator Cathedral

We ended the day sitting on the steps outside of Sint-Salvator Cathedral while Lina and Armando’s son ran around and played and we soaked up the beautiful weather.

While we were sitting there, this woman came and sat on a bucket and started drumming on it. The next thing we knew, people started lining up and joining in one-by-one and started singing. It was a flash mob! They were all in total harmony and it was clear that it was a rehearsed and planned thing. It was really cool!

truffle omelet

We ended the day back in Brussels where Lina and I took a long evening walk and grabbed a late dinner (like 10 p.m. late!) at a little cafe near her house. I had a truffle omelet with a little salad and bread and butter.

Stay tuned for my final trip recap, which will be our overnight in Amsterdam. I’m not sure if it will be one post or end up needing two but I’m SO excited to share it with you.

What’s the most charming/picturesque place you’ve ever visited? 

Have you ever experienced a flash mob? 

{ 16 comments… add one }
  • Kristen August 9, 2017, 10:25 pm

    The most charming/picturesque place I have visited would be either Interlaken Switzerland or Annesy France.

    Can’t wait to read about Amsterdam, would love to visit someday.

    • Jen August 11, 2017, 12:31 pm

      I would love to visit both of those places Kristen! And Amsterdam is so wonderful.

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt August 10, 2017, 8:53 am

    What a cool place! i’m adding it ti the list! Switzerland was pretty amazing for me.
    I’ve actually been in a flash mob at a wedding!!

    • Jen August 11, 2017, 12:31 pm

      I would LOVE to go back to Switzerland. It’s so gorgeous!

  • Lisa @ TechChick Adventures August 10, 2017, 9:33 am

    A Europe trip is on my bucket list. This looks like a really great trip! Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to seeing the rest of it!

    • Jen August 11, 2017, 12:30 pm

      Love, love, love Europe so much. Definitely won’t wait long to go back again. So many amazing places to visit over there.

  • Laura @ Laura Likes Design August 10, 2017, 9:44 am

    I need to try a true Belgian waffle! That sounds amazing!

    • Jen August 11, 2017, 12:30 pm

      You really do. They taste nothing like anything you’ve had here. YUM!!!!

  • Bess @ bessharringtoncarter August 10, 2017, 2:30 pm

    Craig & I are hoping for a Europe trip next year! We are in the beginning stages of planning and these pictures get me so excited for it!! Also, that waffle has made me hungry haha 🙂

    • Jen August 11, 2017, 12:29 pm

      You can’t go wrong with Europe. I just love the culture and charm…and trying all the food of course!

  • Meah Konstanzer August 10, 2017, 2:41 pm

    I would have to say Charleston SC was the most charming place I’ve been. Gotta love all the different colored houses! I actually was in a Christmas flashmob at the mall when I was a little kid. My sister and I did it with our friends and it’s so funny looking back at how young we all were in the video.


    • Jen August 11, 2017, 12:28 pm

      I love Charleston! I lived there for a year after college and it was just the best.

  • Sharon August 10, 2017, 4:00 pm

    I thought Prague was amazing. All of you who are planning a European trip should seriously consider this city. It is easy to get to by train, it is extremely affordable (they do not use the Euro), and the people, food, beer were fabulous. We went from Prague to Vienna and then to Budapest. Amazing trip.

    • Jen August 11, 2017, 12:28 pm

      I would LOVE to visit Prague and Budapest is on my short list because I have Hungarian heritage on my dad’s side!

  • Jolene August 10, 2017, 10:20 pm

    Love your Kate Spade crossover bag! That waffle looked amazing!

    • Jen August 11, 2017, 12:24 pm

      Thanks Jolene! I’ve had it over a year now and carry it daily. So comfy and functional.

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