Considering the mass of sweet treats I'd indulged in throughout the day (oops), I wasn't too keen on the idea of a huge birthday dinner. Instead, we opted to return to one of my personal favourites, Brasserie de Carré, a lovely restaurant located in the very heart of Bruges' Markt. I've never actually opted to sit indoors and instead have always chosen to enjoy views of the gorgeous Belfry of Bruges (the medieval bell tower) from the outdoor seating area. With room for sixty people, at 7pm it was fairly easy to get a table before the restaurant became much busier an hour later; perfect for quick service and a quiet no-frills meal. Birthday girl gone wild...
Brasserie de Carré
Wrap Body - Dorothy Perkins
Skirt - Zara Midi Skirt
Sandals - Dune
Bag - Chloé
L'Occitane toiletries | Mii Cosmetics Celestial Skin Shimmer Aurora c/o | Dauphines of New York for Anthropologie Gingham Headband c/o
After an undisturbed night's sleep, a similar breakfast to the day before awaited (see my Instagram!) before checking out and continuing to squeeze a few more hours out of Bruges. Time seems to go by so quickly when in the city - it's true, time flies when you're having fun! Seriously though, I don't think I'll ever tire of its beauty; there's always more to discover, more to admire, more to eat...
With the journey home just hours away, we had enough time to visit the Begihnhof (Beguinage), which although has long seen the last Begijn pass away, is now home to a convent of Benedictine nuns. The 'whitewashed garden complex' is a beautifully serene place for a sense of calm and quiet reflection; the perfect place to spend twenty minutes or so, wandering through the small square and sitting quietly in the church.
Merdian3 Brasserie & Häagen-Dazs Tearoom
Psst! If you're ordering from the Merdian3's Häagen-Dazs during the day, ask if you can be seated upstairs. There's no chance of going forgotten - and as we watched downstairs fill up, we had the entire upper-floor to ourselves!