When people found out that I was going to Belgium, I was immediately peppered with questions on whether or not I’d be visiting Bruges and if I had seen the movie In Bruges starring Colin Farrell. I’m not sure why the obsession with movie locations in this country but I was half expecting people to start quoting the line, “If I grew up on a farm and was retarded then Bruges would impress me but I didn’t so it doesn’t”, but thankfully that never happened and I never hesitated on my idea to visit this particular city.
Bruges is an hour by train from Brussels and makes for a decent day trip as it’s not only a beautiful city but also jammed packed with beautiful food. As I was no longer into doing a few turbo tourist days in Bruges, the original idea of the Quasimodo Tour of Flanders Field was out and due to some weather issues, the hot air balloon trip was also a no go. So what else was I going to do other than wander around the streets of Bruges and do a canal tour before a non-stop parade of cafes, tea rooms, restaurants, and chocolate shops to make up for the eating that was missed out on during the early days of this trip.
I could go into detail about the city landscape but I’m sure that the movie In Bruges covers
how the city itself looks. What the movie didn’t seem to mention was a little tea room called Carpe Diem. Yes, there were other great restaurants, cafes, and shops that were visited on this trip but Carpe Diem is the one that stands out in my mind as the clear winner. When we stumbled upon Carpe Diem it was to stop for a sweet tooth break and after all, a little coffee and a lotta dessert never hurt anyone right? I ordered a pancake with fresh strawberries, vanilla ice cream, and hot chocolate sauce and I don’t know what happened but within minutes of it appearing on the table it vanished. I may have stopped breathing to inhale it that quickly but all I have to say is YUM!
As my day in Bruges came to an end, the only thing that I knew for certain is that my sentiments for the city were completely opposite to what Colin Farrell’s character had to say in the line quoted earlier in this post. Bruges is quiet, easy, and very filling and I wouldn’t hesitate to go back for round 2. As for the pancake from Carpe Diem – that’s the stuff that dreams are made of!