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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

A Magical Christmas Night In Bruges

Christmas market stalls in BrugesJust when I thought I couldn't possibly love the city of Bruges more than I already do, I experience it at Christmastime.  Wow!  On the way back from Cologne (check out my guide to the best Christmas Markets), we stopped off in Bruges to experience the Christmas markets there for the first time. There's a different ambience to that of which can be found in Germany, though it still has an unique charm of its own thanks to the surrounding medieval buildings and cobbled streets.  Combine the historic architecture with thousands of twinkling lights, throw in the smell of waffles and top it off with the dark night sky, and you've got yourself a pretty magical experience...
Illuminated water fountain at Bruges
Medieval Architecture in Bruges at Christmas
Bruges at Christmas rainy weather winter
With just one evening to soak up as much of the atmosphere as possible, we headed straight for The Markt of Bruges.  Sitting centrally at this main square is an ice rink, surrounded by Christmas market stalls.  It took around an hour to enjoy a couple of drinks and wander around the cobbled circle, after which we set off to explore the rest of Bruges, passing the 13th-century Belfry (with 83m tower with panoramic views) on our way.  And that's when things really became magical!
Bruges ice rink illuminated Christmas tree
Christmas market stall decorations in Belgium
A night in Bruges at Christmas by travel blogger
Children playing with bubbles on a rainy night in BrugesAs we all know, this girl loves Bruges (most recently popping there for my birthday in the summertime), but seeing the quiet side alleys and still canals by night and surrounded by Christmas lights was truly something else.  You find yourself caught up in the romantic atmosphere, and not looking for the next sight or 'big thing' - instead simply enjoying the moment.  And what could be better than that?  
Nighttime tour in Bruges at Christmas
Famous weeping willow over canal in Bruges
Romantic Christmas decorations in Bruges around windows
Bruges architecture at night during ChristmasIf you're planning a trip to Bruges, I can guarantee its beauty at any time of year.  Though a Christmas visit isn't complete without a trip to the beautiful Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas shop, warm drinks enjoyed at the markets and a wander through the quiet cobbled streets taking you past the Dijver Canal - where you can admire the sight of the (famous) weeping willow hanging over illuminated waters!

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. You know that I always love looking through your photos - they always have a touch of luxury to them which I just love!!! These photos are all beautiful and you look absolutely stunning too.

    Have such a thing for Christmas an these photos are actually magical, there's something about cold nights and love stalls - the smell of hot chocolate, mulled wine and all those lovely treats!

    Hope you had a wonderful time lovely, can't wait to see more! :)

    Layla xx

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  2. Bruges looks absolutely beautiful, Gabrielle, and I can only imagine how romantic the place must be at night. I'd love to visit the market one day!

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  3. Bruges does look different at Christmas time than it did in your birthday post! All these lights are so lovely, and that tree in the last photo is beautiful! I really need to go east next year to see Christmas markets - either in Germany, Belgium or Strasbourg in France! :)

    Julia x
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  4. Absolutely love the festive décor of Bruges at night. The cobblestone streets and medieval style buildings really bring out the quaint yet elegant vibe of the city. Looks like a great time there! :) I'm so inspired to travel there, adding it to my bucket list :) xo~ Lena
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  5. Soooo jealous. The lights are just spectacular.

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  6. I do know how much you love Bruges (and I can't disagree - it's so beautiful!), and you're right, it looks gorgeous at Christmas time. I love European Christmas markets (hell, any Christmas market will do) - nothing has me feeling more festive! I'll have to check this one out one year as my brother lives very close by. Thanks for sharing as always, Gabrielle! X

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  7. Bruges looks beautiful over Christmas! I need to pay it a visit! :) xx

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  8. Ahhhh that's so beautiful! It doesn't get more festive than that. I absolutely love the lights and architecture, I can see why you love it so much. You capture it so perfectly too, you make me want to visit Europe so badly!

    Francesca
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  9. So pretty and natural!! The photos are absolutely breath taking just like all the photos oall over your blog this season, I love coming here everyday, makes me feel so festive and in the Xmas spirit! Dominica from www.its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk Merry Christmas !!

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  10. So cool that you got to go back to Bruges. It looks so festive!

    ANOUK

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  11. Looks absolutely magical! Amazing photos x

    Nev | Miss Nev

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  12. It looks so gorgeous - I love the lights on the trees.

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  13. I can actually feel how magical the atmosphere is through your pictures, it must have been quite the experience to see everything in real life.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  14. This looks absolutely gorgeous Gabrielle! Magic, really. I swear you single-handedly keep my fascination with Christmas markets alive.

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

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  15. I've always heard Bruges was such a beautiful city, and I'm sure it is even moreso when you're visiting Christmas markets and everything is all lit up and festive and pretty.

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  16. You look so lovely! I really enjoyed these photographs, it set the mood of the Christmas season the best way possible. I really love the mood and the lights are so magical. :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2016/12/a-season-of-style.html

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  17. Bruges is so beautiful, I am dying to visit. I have seen photos of their Christmas market but they didn't quite convey how magical it really is. Your photos make it look like a beautiful winter wonderland!

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  18. I've always wondered what a Christmas market entails. I never imagined it would smell so delicious though. Twinkling lights and fanfare, yes. Fried goodness OMG I feel like I haven't truly lived!

    HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS!
    Sxx
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  19. Bruges looks very beautiful indeed.
    Your enthusiasm for Bath, Cologne and Bruges, are influencing me. That's not right.... Hahahaha... Now I know where I'll go for a little tour.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS ;-)

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  20. Oh wow, everything's so Chrismassy! Happy hoidays, Gabrielle! xoxo

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  21. Oh lady your pictures look stunning! Bruges is always somewhere that I've wanted to go, my parents went and loved it! Adding it to my travel bucket list next year! <3

    Hayley xo
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  22. It seriously looks magical, I really want t visit someday. It surely was beautiful to see it live.

    xo
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  23. love christmas markets and this very magic and beautiful
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  24. Ugh this looks so amazing! You go to the pretties little places! I've known about Bruges for quite some time and it's the most quainte little town. Christmas there looks so magical! I would love to go for the holidays someday. :)

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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  25. Dear, I love so much this all christmas mood in the cities- so so stunning pictures :-)
    I want to wish you Merry Christmas xx

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  26. You have such lovely photographs. It sounds like you had a great time! I visited this market a couple of years ago, it was so pretty. You look so gorgeous dear!

    Much love,
    Marianne x www.beautiful-in-essence.blogspot.com

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  27. so magical,the christmas decorations are so beautiful
    cheers

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  28. Wow, Bruges is most certainly on my bucket list after seeing your stunning photos. I so need to do the Christmas markets, thinking I might plan a visit for my birthday too.
    Merry Christmas lovely xoxo
    Jaz
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  29. Bruges always looks amazing whenever you have feature dit before but it seems like the holidays really brings out a little extra magic. If I were to visit, I'd definitely try to go around this time of year. Looks like you had an absolutely fabulous time Gabrielle!

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  30. This looks like such a gorgeous place to be at, I love the festive lights and the ambient. Your coat is also super cute!

    Camila,
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  31. Oh Gosh, Super beautiful photos hun....xx, Neha


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  32. Very gorgeous. I love that architecture! Happy holidays to you!

    Stef
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  33. This looks absolutely magical! I've only been to Bruges in summer so I'd love to go when the Christmas markets are on!
    Amy xx
    www.callmeamy.co.uk

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  34. the place looks so lovely, a great place to spend the Christmas holiday <3
    Have a Merry Christmas!

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  35. It really looks magical, I went there this summer and have to say I wish I had gone during Christmas. Looks so pretty! Thanks for sharing x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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  36. It looks so so dreamy though! Such a pretty place and so festive with the market and the lights. It looks so cinematic. Happy Christmas love! Xx

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  37. We've been to Bruges in the Spring and really enjoyed it - seeing the Christmas market there must have been really special

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  38. Wow it's so magical and beautiful!

    Have a lovely Christmas
    Gemma x
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  39. I've never been to Bruges, but with your posts you're really making me want to go!
    Merry Christmas, Gabrielle!
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  40. LOVED this post, what a gorgeous place. I'd love to visit Bruges, everyone recommends it x

    Sick Chick Chic

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  41. Aww it looks so amazing and magical! I haven't been to Bruges for years and years but I bet it's fantastic at this time of year xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

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  42. It's so beautiful and magical! Everything is just quintessential Christmas! We should definitely Bruges in this time of the year! Merry Christmas gorgeous!

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  43. Thank you for sharing this magic Gabrielle! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

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  44. Bruges is one of the most coziest and most beautiful cities in Europe, I just adore it!

    These photos are so lovely, magical almost :)

    I am pretty sure a lot of people told you this, but in my mind, you are the perfect incarnation of Luna Lovegood, one of my favorite characters from Harry Potter - maybe you are familiar with the Harry Potter universe. Not sure why I wanted to say this, I think I just like to express my thoughts :)

    Anyway,, I'm wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

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  45. I absolutely love Bruges, I used to live quite nearby for a while but I only ever saw it in summer, looks like I massively missed out on winter! Beautiful pictures as always :)

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  46. Wow! Seriously, your photos are breathtaking! I would love to go there during Christmastime too! Wow.

    Jenn
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  47. Woow that Christmas market sure does look magical. I've never heard of The Bruges, where is it located?
    But going back to what you were saying, I'm surprised they are open in the summertime. Thanks for giving us an insight into your delightful Christmas week experience.

    Winnie
    Itsjustwinnie.blogspot.co.uk

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  48. Wow, that Christmas market looks amazing. I really want to go to one next year.

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  49. Fabulous pictures!
    Happy Holidays!
    Gil Zetbase
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  50. This looks completely magical Gabrielle! Looks very festive with the market lights and your photos are breathtaking. I've never been to Bruges. Merry Christmas, Gabrielle!

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  51. It is truly charming! I love the way they decorate the shops :D It's so pretty. A fabulous place to shop Gabrielle. Merry Christmas!
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  52. i remember how much u loved Brugue at the time of ur birthday! Christmas time is always magical!! Merry Christmas Gabrielle!
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  53. Looks beautiful! Your pictures are stunning!

    Merry Christmas!
    Darriyan xo
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  54. Truly magical my dear! Buon Natale! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

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  55. I love Bruges! It's such a beautiful city, but Christmas must make it even more magical than it already is. I wish you a wonderful Christmas :)

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  56. I've only ever visited Brussels but I've heard some fabulous things about Bruges and your photos are really giving me wanderlust! I would love to visit the Christmas markets there next year! I hope you had a fabulous Christmas Gabrielle!

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  57. Night life there looks so enchanting and magical! I really like the look of cobbled streets and glittering water under sparkling lights and the photos here makes it look so gorgeous in Bruges. I hope you had a fabulous Christmas!

    ~Andrea Tiffany~
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  58. I always love going through your Christmas photos. They’re so festive & magical. It really makes me want to jump on a plane & head to a European country. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! x

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  59. Wow, this place is beautiful! You captured it really nicely!

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
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  60. Wish I could go to Bruges too someday, what a beautiful decoration for Christmas :)

    - Lily Kanaya
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  61. These photos are absolutely magical! It looks like a perfect place to spend Christmas. You look beautiful as per always!

    xx www.qustomquinns.com/blog

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  62. Wow! Amazing Christmas night!
    Happy holidays!
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  63. Happy Holidays !
    Very beautiful post...from the tree to fountain.
    You always look so pretty. <3

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  64. What a pretty way to spend Christmas! I love all the lights!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  65. Oh my, it really does look magical! Those lights are beautiful, and really help make everything look perfectly festive. I love it! Thanks for sharing, girl.

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

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  66. This looks amazing! And I adore these photos. I'm glad you had fun and had a good Christmas, oh boy I'd love to go to Bruges. You look super fabulous too by the way c:

    Amy;
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  67. Such a pretty Christmas night! I love Christmas markets and miss snow so much. The decor and bustle in this place reminds me of the Christmas market that I used to go to back in Toronto. I love this post! I hope you had an amazing holiday!


    Xo,
    Miki
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  68. Beautiful!!

    xx

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  69. Looks magical! Hope your Christmas was just as blessed!

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  70. Wow! That is absolutely amazing :) I think these have to be the best looking photos on your blog :D I'm just going to say you're lucky to be able to travel as much as you do, and may you travel even more in 2017 x

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  71. Bruges looks truly beautiful over Christmas! Glad you enjoy this city so much! xoxo

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  72. I have really missed the Christmas market in Europe, as now I am in Bangkok. So, there's no such market anymore T_T Btw, you also look beautiful hun :)

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  73. Mmm...the pictures--plus, the scent of waffles sounds & looks like lovely holiday

    Happy New Year,
    Katelyn
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  74. Bruges looks so beautiful and just perfect around Christmas time to get you in the festive spirit. I will have to try and persuade my boyfriend that we need to take a trip there! x

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  75. Absolutely stunning! Such a fantastic way to spend the holiday season and the scent of waffles really is the icing on the cake...yum. I totally enjoy being transported on your adventures through your photos, thanks so much for sharing.

    Keisha xo

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  76. These are such magical photographs Gabrielle! You have really captured the magic of Bruges at night here in your photographs. It's a beautiful place and looking at your images it seems even more beautiful compared to the time I visited a few years ago.

    You look really at home here and I'm really glad you had such a lovely time! The chocolate shops in Bruges are wonderful as I'm sure you'll agree ;)

    Hope you're well gorgeous lady!

    With love,

    Laura xo
    www.shehearts.net

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  77. I have been wanting to visit Bruges for some time. It's a wonderful city indeed. I wish you the best for next year. Enjoy your holidays!

    Jasmine x
    Jas Claire

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  78. I love Christmas atmosphere in christmas markets !
    Photos are amazing.
    xx,
    Margot
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  79. Bruges is such a beautiful city, and I can only imagine how cozy it is around Christmas time. It really looks magical!

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