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Sunday, 6 August 2017

I Left My Heart In: Bruges

Famous Bridge Over Canals in BrugesHave you ever formed an instant attachment to a place?  Personally, I have a handful of spots across Europe I've immediately fallen in love with - and Bruges is one of them!  I've blogged about Belgium's famous city a fair few times now, including spending my last birthday there, as well as a magical festive evening last Christmas.  But the love has grown even stronger since then, having spent a few days last month back in what now feels like my home away from my home.  Heavy downpours were quickly replaced by scorching sunshine, busy streets led onto quiet backroads, and moments were made into memories I know will only serve to intensify my love for the place...
UK Travel Bloggers Bruges Belgium
Oyya Chocolate and Banana Waffle
Belgium Bruges Cobbled Streets
If you're a longterm reader of A Glass Of Ice, you'll no doubt recognise a few of the locations featured in this post - y'girl has her favourites!  One of these regular haunts is Oyya, a waffle bar positioned on the corner of a street and one that stays open until late. Seriously, who could turn down the option of a warm waffle smothered in banana and drizzled with chocolate sauce?  Not me, that's for sure.  Twice.     

Oyya Waffle Bar
Noordzandstraat 1
8000 Brugge
White Buildings in Bruges
Fashion Blogger Street Style Belgium
White Buildings in Bruges Belgium
Donna Ida Denim Dungarees Styling
Hmm, shall we choose door no. 47 or 51?!
For those of you who appreciate sites injected with tons of history and culture, Bruges should definitely be heading in the direction of your travel wishlist.  Considering my love for castles, historic houses and ornamental gardens, it's no surprise really as to why I feel at home there!  There's a definite charm that seems to set the pace - and it's a slow one.  The kind of one that's stalled by chocolate, live music, museums and plenty of deserted back alleys to stroll through.
White Clusters of Hydrangeas
Clean White Streets in Belgium
The Famous Square in Bruges
Healthy Salad Dish with Dressing
Chocolate Box Houses in BelgiumSimilar to most cities, fashion varies incredibly.  Combine that observation with how the weather is just about as temperamental in Belgium as it is the UK, and you have yourself a pretty confusing wardrobe situation.  Thankfully, despite the spaghetti-strap dresses I'd brought along (big mistake), I'd also packed my favourite Donna Ida denim dungarees, along with a new shirt dress from Ralph Lauren.  Should you find yourself flying over to Bruges at some point, no matter what time of year, be sure to take a range of options to cover all eventualities!    
Famous Fish Market in Bruges Belgium
Donna Ida Dungarees Fashion Blog
Architecture Blog Photography in Belgium
Place to Eat in the Square in Bruges
Beautiful Game of White Swans
Many visitors on short stays tend not to make it quite as far as Minnewater Lake (Lake of Love), even though it's just a couple of minutes away from the busy streets lined with boutiques and chocolate shops.  In this area, you'll find romantic weeping willow, a park filled with flowers (found behind the building shown below) and white swans gliding across the water.  The Beguinage Convent can also be found here, complete with church, small museum and strict rule of silence within the grounds.  Truly, this particular area of Bruges is like something from a fairytale - but where's my prince?

The Beguinage Convent
Begijnhof 30
8000 Brugge
Ralph Lauren Blue Striped Shirt Dress
Dress - Ralph Lauren Dori Shirt Dress (similar here!)
Flags Flying in Belgium The Square
Ornate Black and Gold Organ Church
Blue and White Ralph Lauren Striped Shirt DressEvidently, I'm besotted with Bruges!  I can't imagine a time when I won't want to spend a few days here and there exploring the cobbled streets, and stopping regularly for milkshakes and apple cake along the way.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on the city; have you visited before?  Has anything in particular caught your eye within this travel diary?!

With love,

Gabrielle x



  1. Bruges looks so gorgeous - I love the architecture and all of the cute corners. You always capture the cities/towns you visit so beautifully! I also adore your overalls and dress so much!


  2. I love your outfit, so cute and comfy! You look beautiful, and Bruges is so magical...

    Madame X
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  3. I'm in love with the place, dear! xoxo

  4. Now that waffle bar sounds wonderful! I've never visited Bruges, but it looks like a great place to visit x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

  5. I've never been before but it does look beautiful, especially the waffles, ha! I like your denim dungarees and that's such a nice striped dress.

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  6. This place looks incredible! A location with beauty and history is ideal. I am always surprised at how many cities aren't scorching hot - so nice that you could wear those adorable overalls. That waffle looks SO YUM. Looking gorgeous as always. Love how you capture your travels! xx

  7. I went in Bruges 2 years ago in Christmas period and it was absolutely dreamy trip there! I'd never imagined that this city could look so pretty even in summertime! :D
    Amazng photos, dear! You look so effortlessly chic everytime Gabrielle, you're really a pretty and elegant girl, Gabrielle!

  8. Bruges has always been a place that i've wanted to visit, and after reading this it is confirmed that I definitely need to go. Your photos look absolutely gorgeous x

    Abi | abistreetx

  9. Skip the banana and double up on the chocolate sauce please and you get my attention! LOL!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  10. Bruges looks so beautiful! I love old cities like that. The park and Lake of Love sounds heavenly, totally the kind of place where I could spend entire afternoons. Your shirt dress is beautiful, and well done with the photos from this post, they're all gorgeous!

    Julia x
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  11. Love your Ralph Lauren Dress! Stunning pics of Bruges too!

    L.E.N.A | Revealed

  12. I recall you fondness for Bruges through your past visits Gabrielle! The city certainly looks full of charms that one could fall in love with over and over. I really need to it to my travel wish list cause I'd love to see all that lovely architecture in person :)

  13. I can certainly understand how you could leave your heart here. It looks beautiful (these photos are stunning), and it sounds like you had a lovely time. I swear you single-handidly fuel my need for travel Gabrielle!

  14. My boyfriend and I are planning on visiting Bruges the next time he comes over from Brazil to visit me, which will probably be around November this year. I haven't been there for a super long time! It's a beautiful city, and your blog makes me super excited to go

  15. I love your overalls !
    And theses photos are so stunning. This city sounds so beautiful by its architecture.

  16. That place is beautiful! I'm loving the ancient architecture :) And love your overalls as well!

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

  17. Looks like such a beautiful place, must have been so hard to leave!!



  18. I can understand why you left your heart there, it is certainly a very beautiful place.

    Stunning photography....and I really like all the outfits you wore, especially that striped dress. So pretty and feminine! You're the perfect travel guide.

  19. I've never been to this city, but surely sound tempting to visit. I just returned from Italy few days ago and I love it so much. Planning on going back to visit again cos I feel the time was too short. Ha!! Love it!
    You look wonderful hun.

  20. That is such a special feeling to bond even more with a favorite destination. I can so relate! Your photos really convey your love for the place, Gabrielle. Love the striped dress and the dungarees!
    xo, janea

  21. very beautiful salopette and amazing places my dear
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  22. I've never been to Belgium before, but after seeing this gorgeous post, I am convinced that I have to go there next time I am in Europe! I love the architecture and food looks so delicious! Glad you had a great time there xx

    Naya //

  23. I love Belgium, I would love to visit :) Its such a beautiful place.
    Beauty and Fashion Freaks

  24. I love Bruges but I haven't been for probably about ten years - definitely need to make a return trip, the whole place is just stunning!
    Amy xx

  25. That waffle bar looks the business! I'm a fan of Bruges too, such a pretty place. Love your selection of outfits

  26. WOW,how stunning does Bruges look, I mean the buildings are incredibly beautiful xx

  27. So funny, I was in Bruges this last Sunday :D
    Lovely pics !
    Hugs from Belgium <3

  28. Bruges is definitely a great place! I also loved it, such beautiful architectures.


  29. I enjoyed very much reading your post, even thought I've never been to Bruges reading your post feels like I am there. The arhitechture there looks exquisite and my favourite one of them all, aside from that delicious ice cream with chocolate topping on top, is the black church in your last pictures and nevertheless your beautiful dress. Great post, Gabrielle :)

  30. Everything here has caught my eye! Bruges wasn't really on my places to see list but that's only because I didn't really have an idea of what was there or what kind of a place it was. After seeing this though I've added that to my travel bucket list, it looks so fairytale'esque and it sounds nerdy but it looks like there's some incredible architecture there as well!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  31. Bruges looks breathtakingly beautiful, I need to put it on my travel bucket list. The architecture is stunning and the cobbled streets are so cute. I also adore your Ralph Lauren striped dress!


  32. Bruges is such a cute city- and I just love your overalls!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  33. I absolutely love Bruges, such a beautiful city! I havent been for about four years or so now but I would return in a heartbeat - the architecture is incredible and it's just a wonderful place to explore. Love that shirtdress you are wearing! xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

  34. I can relate to that feeling. I've never been to Bruges, but now you make me want to :) Fabulous photos!

  35. I think I would have left my heart at that waffle bar. OMG - I am off sugar and you are killing me!
    This area looks amazing.
    And the flowers in white are so fresh.
    I have never been to Bruges but I want to go now!
    Set to Glow

  36. You look adorable, the photos are amazing!

  37. Such a lovely place. Your photos are adorable. WIll definitely put this on my bucket list! Also, nice denim jumpsuit you got there.

    Jessica |

  38. yes!!! thats how i feel about Japan! i mean it is like my 2nd home now :) so i totally understand how you feel girl!

  39. I can see why you left your heart in Burges. Love your outfit

  40. LOVE your Ralph Lauren dress, you look so pretty! I'm already falling in love with the city and would love to visit there one day. Ugh, those waffles look so good and I can use a midnight snack right now!!

    Macarons and Mischief

  41. Oh Bruges looks so incredible! And I am obsessed with these outfits! You look incredible.

    Ashleigh x

  42. I am so excited to go to Bruges in December!!!!!!! It looks beautiful! :D

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

  43. I remember those precious posts and how much I wanted to visit after reading them, especially after having seen all the amazingly delicious chocolates! The architecture of these buildings are also something; I definitely want to visit someday! Thanks for sharing, beautiful, and I hope you're having a great week so far!



  44. Definitely wanted to visit Bruges after the first time I read about the city here on your blog and haven't changed my mind yet! The town looks so adorable! Xx

  45. Gabrielle, I seem to fall in love with every place you visit! All seem so magical! LOL Bruges is so beautiful. I love the landscape and those swans are so pretty. Love the striped dress you are wearing.

  46. I have been there twice and its the cutes city ever x

    Pink Frenzy

  47. I've never really thought about visiting before but your pictures are so beautiful I am now!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  48. So many beautiful buildings and the waffles look absolutely delicious! I dream of visiting someday :)


  49. It looks like such a wonderful place!


  50. Ooh that chocolate covered waffle looks delicious! I can see why you went back there twice! I've been to Belgium before quite a few years ago but missed out on going to Bruges, which was a pretty silly thing to do because everyone always says how beautiful it is. Lucky for you it's so easy to get to for a weekend away!

  51. Bruges really suits you Gabrielle!! I can see why you love it so much!! I feel exactly the same way about Zagreb, I don't know what it is but there is something there that makes me feel at home :)


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  52. Oh my gosh, those waffles look absolutely divine! My mouth is watering just looking at your pics. I always get wanderlust from reading your blog and want to travel to all these places that you visit. Do you have any tips for getting the most out of holidays or saving - hit me up ;)
    Jaz xoxo

    1. Happy to hear that, Jasmine! Off the top of my head, a great way of getting the most out of a trip/holiday is to ensure your crossings/flights leave you with enough time to explore on the day you're both travelling in, and out, of a country!

      eg. time to have dinner out once you've checked-in, and time to explore a museum/area and have lunch somewhere before flying back home.

      Gabrielle x

  53. Bruges looks amazing, and that chocolatey dessert is making me so hungry!

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  54. Oh girllllll your pictures are STUNNING! I've never been to Bruges but would love to visit - especially after reading this post! My parents went a couple of years back and really loved it too! P.s that blue striped dress is SO beautiful on you! <3

    Hayley xo

  55. I'm lost for words - the photography on this post is just stunning Gabrielle!!! I think all of our hearts are in Bruges are reading this wonderful post xx

  56. Oooh those waffles look seriously amazing and have got my stomach rumbling right now. Bruges is a place that I have never been to but I would love to visit one day :) x

  57. First of all: LOVE your pictures - Bruges looks AMAZING - want to go for sure. I felt an immediate connection to Scotland - such a friendly and amazing place - and Melbourne Australia, we went back a year later, love that place.

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

  58. I have never been to Bruges but during I scrolled through your pictures and read your text I understand why you instantly have fallen in love with this city. Love the cute look, too!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  59. The architecture just looks incredible, love the way you have edited the photos as well! I've never spent much time in Belgium but Bruges is on my list! xo

  60. That denim jumpsuit is so cute and omg that dessert!

  61. Your really made me want to visitttt <3
    Love the architectural shots!

  62. Bruges is a wonderful place to visit, I went there not expecting much but loved the place, it is beautiful. I would say don't forget the chocolate... but you won't! :)


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