I was looking through some pictures and found some of the beautiful Bruges. I realised that I didn’t include the fleeting visit in either of my Center Parcs posts so thought I’d sneak in a little one retrospectively.
When we decided to go to Belgium with friends last summer, I knew that without a doubt, I wanted to stop in Bruges. I have wanted to visit the beautiful city for some time but our city-breaks seem to be a thing on the past with two small children in tow…or are they?
We planned to visit Bruges on the way to Erperheide, so we booked a campsite and a shuttle train a day earlier than our Center Parcs booking.
Camping Memling was a cracking little site. It was quite small but nicely organizsed. The shower block was lovely and warm and you could access their Wi-fi for a small charge. The pitches were tight but you’d expect that from a site so close to the city. My son (then 4) and I wandered around the site numerous times looking at the variety of campervans, tents and caravans- some were really quirky! The site was buzzing and friendly. We went to bed excited for the start of our holiday.
Our trip to Bruges just wasn’t to be. We woke up at 4:30am to a wild rain storm. We hadn’t ever seen anything like it whilst camping. We had left our sun canopy up the previous night and looking out of the window, we could see that the rainwater has pooled in the center causing the fabric to stretch and the canopy to bow. Poor Tony had to go out into the rain to empty the water and angle to awning – we had noticed that the other campers had already done this before bed- they clearly expected the rain! We dozed for the next three hours wondering if the canopy was broken (thankfullly not) and whether we would actually see Bruges that day. Sadly it was just as wet when the children woke up so we decided to pack up and head straight to Erperheide.
Disappointed to have missed out, we decided to leave Center Parcs early on our final day. Our train home was booked for late in the afternoon, giving us time for a very quick visit. I’m so glad we did; Bruges is stunning. We knew we had limited time and with two small children we knew that we wouldn’t be able to stomp around at speed, so after a quick drink in the Markt, we headed to catch a river boat for a city tour.
I think we were wrong about the children and city breaks; they absolutely loved it and I think with consideration into how we see the city, I certainly think there are more to be had…in fact, Dougie has requested Paris!
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