About Mary A
Lives in Doncaster, United Kingdom
Since Sep 2013
50-64 year old female
A lovely looking hotel set next to a canal and very peaceful. Rooms are a good size and comfortable. Friendly and helpful staff. Excellent food with plenty of choice from both hot and cold buffet breakfast table. There is a bar in the reception area to round your day off with.
We liked this restaurant for its style, set in one of the delightful castellated buildings in the main square. Very warm and welcoming inside with friendly and helpful staff. We had the 17.50 Euro fixed price 3 course menu and it was excellent. Typically Flemish cuisine and delicious. Our waiter Jowel was good fun and attentive, serving us with a glass of complimentary Rose wine with our starters. We both had Smoked Flemish Ham with Melon and side salad. Then a Flemish Stew and a Rabbit Stew in Flemish style. Rounded off with Creme Caramel and an Apple Pie. Good coffee to finish the meal off. Well satisfied for sure !
A fascinating insight to the history of diamond mining and subsequent uses. Only a small museum but well filled with interesting historical displays and facts. The visit was finished by watching a demonstration of diamond polishing. A very intricate and time consuming process for the diamond trade in order to produce the brilliant diamonds we see in jewellery pieces. It's no wonder that they are so expensive . Fascinating.
A well thought out museum which provides an audio guided tour which took us through various sets with films and tableaux. Our ethereal guide was Jacob who tells the story of when he was an assistant to Jan Van Eyck. The whole tour proved to be a good history trail of Bruges and told its trading history plus the work of the artist Van Eyck.
We loved this restaurant, set in Burg near to the Town Hall and Stadhuis. As it was Christmas time we could see the beautifully decorated tree out in the square. The decor to the restaurant is sumptuous with gorgeous chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. Comfortable seating for the dining area. There was background music of classical and easy listening which was just right to compliment an excellent meal. We had prompt service from attentive staff. I had mushroom omelette and my husband tried the traditional Flemish dish of Waterzooi de Poulet, which is like a soup with either chicken or fish with vegetables in. Both meals filling and delicious. The waiters bade us goodnight as we left and held the door for us.
The building holds the Bruges city archives today but in its past was for councils and governing bodies. Not a great deal to look at but what there is shows a magnificent past with wall decorations and artworks from the 1600's.
Musea Brugge has a wonderful Gothic Hall which is covered with beautifully detailed murals from 1886. They were all painted by the brothers Albrecht and Juliaan De Vriendt. They depict the history of Bruges and its trading history in fantastic detail and there is a very good guide card to take round with you so that you don't miss any fine detail. For instance, the brothers have painted themselves in to one of the scenes and it's good to be able to find where they are.
This cafe looks almost a bit too plain to attract you in but it is well worth it. It serves organic food and drink at plain scrubbed tables. Excellent coffee and and our apple pastry heavenlyl ! The food and drinks say it all for this place.
A museum for chocolate lovers as you learn the history from the Mayans and Aztecs through to modern day. There is everything you could possibly want to know with lots of artefacts all linked to chocolate manufacture and serving of it. The whole tour ends with a demonstration of how chocolate shapes are filled and then we got to taste them. In all we had 3 chocolates through our visit. Plenty also to buy as the exit is via the shop ! Beware, this museum is over 3 levels which gave us lots of stairs to climb. There is a small lift for anyone not able to use the stairs.
The food here was very good. I had very generous portions of salmon fillets with boiled potatoes and a creamy sauce. My husband had scampi but not as we serve it in the UK. It was in a tomato and basil sauce which was yummy. Good coffee afterwards. Our only problem was the background music which proved a bit too invasive. It was jazz but on a constant loop and there's only so much you can take of it if you're not a real fan !