Travels – Bruges, Belgium

Mulled Wine, Mulled Wine, Mulled Wine & Chocolate

I’ve always wanted to go to the Christmas Markets, technically the ones in Germany, but when the opportunity came for the ones in Belgium. I jumped at the chance.

I didn’t research Belgium or its markets before going. I was only going to be there for a day, so it would be speed around, look, and get back home.

Bruges is very picturesque [as seen in the photo above], the layout is the exact town you used to read about in your history books about medieval living. Quant little houses all narrowed together in tiny skinny laneways and abundance of huge churches in a three minute walk from one another. [ones that ring their bell first thing in the morning to wake everybody up!!]

Being Christmas and being extremely cold that made my nose purple, mulled wine was sold everywhere really cheaply. You can also add in a little extra rum malibu or barcdai if you’re heart so desires [I got whiskey- it’s so worth it!]. It’s takes the place of coffee or tea to keep you warm as it’s cheap €2.50 for a styrophome cup of it. Sip it to beat off the chill! Who doesn’t like the sound of that?

If you love chocolate, you’re spoiled for choice, but you’re going to be easily ripped off for coughing up more money for the same bar if you don’t look around. In one street alone there was three- three chocolatiers side-by-side, selling nearly the same chocolate and that’s not counting the others on the other side of the street.

So, for Christmas travels and for a weekend away- Bruges is a nice escape to a little taste of winter wonderland. With it’s small and quant streets and houses, but Germany would keep you more occupied with it’s much bigger markets.

My Weekend in Portugal


I landed back in Ireland late last night.

I was eating really well the first day and then I started slipping, I didn’t go really bad. I never drank so much to even warrant a hangover and I literally got hooked on salads [they are so darn good with soya sauce]. It wasn’t a holiday for us to go crazy on, it was a quiet few days with the family, and that is exactly what we did, and I loved every second of it.

White Sangria

There was no laptop or tv for the whole 4 days, and I didn’t miss either in the slightest. I was debating on bringing my laptop to get some writing done when I was over there, but I’m glad now that I didn’t, because my mind was focused on enjoying myself and it meant that I didn’t have an extra bag to carry around. We did have a tv and my aunt and nanny  watched soaps and movies when they wanted some quiet time in, while we went for a walk.
It’s because of these walks that I don’t feel really really awful, we kept up out healthy regime. We walked 15-20k steps-a-day on average, the weather was cool- not too cold that you were cold [except for on the beach], but not too warm that you started sweating the second after coming outside.

I miss being in a house with more people. It was depressing coming home to an empty house [except for seeing my dog].  My mam is back from the same holiday today and she should be in at any moment while I’m writing this. It’s only the two of us in this house now and I really just want to get back over with the family again [we’re thinking September is a good time for the next trip over]. This house just feel empty now.

Holiday Time!!

My family own a couple of properties in Portugal and I haven’t been since I was 18 [about 7 years ago] because I always remember that I just legally allowed to drink.

I’m finally going back over with the family. The family being my mam, nanny, two aunts and two cousins.

It’s only going to be from Thursday to Monday, but it’s still going to be nice to not have to stress about work or worry about stupid things. To just do whatever I want which will end up with either drink or food involved.

I’m debating on if I should bring my laptop with me. I know there is going to be times where there’s nothing to do and I pretty sure that if I don’t bring I’ll just get lightly irritated about not being able to write or send emails. Could easily only be a few minutes in the morning or afternoon. Think I’m going to bring it. Now I just need to figure out the wi-if situation.

I didn’t think I’d be looking forward to it- it’s a small place in Portugal and I’m just going to relax, not to go wild, but I’m sooo looking forward to it. Maybe put me mind at ease.