Tina Fox reports on a recent veggie day out in Bruges…
We travelled recently with P&O Ferries for a day trip to Bruges. I had been before but I wanted my other half, Tom, to see how lovely it was and a day was fine for that.
The bus from the ferry dropped us off at 9.40am, about a 20 minute walk into the city centre.
Bruges is a gorgeous medieval city with many intact and unspoiled buildings, surrounded by green parks, so very pleasant all round. It is also very walkable in the city centre, much of which is cobbled and only a limited amount of traffic.
Bruges is also full of chocolate shops and lovely cake shops: very tempting so just as well we were only there for a day!
We enjoyed the ‘Historium’, which is a sort of tableau using film of 15th century life in Bruges and also has an excellent virtual reality tour at the end. We also went to the historical-style bar to try some of the excellent fruit beers – a bit of a mistake because although the beer was incredibly fruity and lovely to taste, the small samples we had were rather strong!
Despite this, I was pleased that we were able to find one of the vegetarian restaurants that I had found online, Lotus. I was less pleased to find there was no room for us, so we had to be content with admiring the look of the food!
We headed back to Ellis’s, a burger bar that I had noticed had three veggie options. I had a mushroom one, which was very tasty and Tom had a red veggie, which was soya but with lots of extra veg. We both thought they were very good, as was the excellent homemade lemonade.
After a lot more walking we also succumbed to fruit tarts and tea in a nice cafe before returning to the poor food on the ship.
A very tiring but enjoyable day!