It’s been ten months already that I departed Europe and came back to my home country, Thailand. The charisma of European architectures still lingers in my mind. That’s why I would love to share the trip to Bruges, Belgium with you. Among numerous to-do activities while traveling, I love night photography the most. Even though, it seems dangerous for a woman to carry a camera and a tripod walking alone at night. During the break for Dissertation writing, back in October 2015, My friends and I booked a low-cost MegaBus from Paris to Brussels, then took a train to Bruges and Ghent for the night walking. The good thing about taking the MegaBus is the super cheap price. It costed me only 13 euros per person per trip meaning that I paid 26 euros for Paris-Brussels and Brussels-Paris. The bad thing is the long traveling duration of 4 hours. I booked the night ride so I could reach Brussels in the morning. This is a cheap way to travel for International students. From Brussels, we bought Go Pass 10 (51 euros) special train ticket for those under 25 years old allowing you to travel for 10 times. You can also share the ticket among your friends. Let’s say 3 people travel together, you have to write the date, departure and destination 3 times. Sometimes you need to show passport or ID card on the train to prove your age also.
The first city we visited is called Bruges. It’s a small city that you can walk around in 1 day and 1 night. After got of the train, we walked to Lybeer Travellers’ Hostel, our accommodation for the night. I recommend you to use a backpack rather than luggage with wheels when traveling to Bruges. As you can see in the photo, they still preserve the ancient road so it’s not that smooth for the luggage with wheels. We stayed in the Basic 4 Bed Mixed Dorm (23 euros per person) of Lybeer Travellers’ Hostel. The room was clean with two bunk beds. There are shared bathrooms and toilets in the hallway. Once we left the backpacks inside the dorm, we came out and walked around the city to survey the route for the night.
Photo spot to capture Church of Our Lady, Bruges
My Friends and I (I’m in the middle.)
Aside from walking tour, you can explore the city by boat (8 euros) during March to November from 10.00-18.00 hrs. There were so many swans inside the canals.
At first we decided to end the night at 2be Beer Wall; however, this place close very early at 7 pm. We went to another place for fruit beer then went back to the hostel for a rest.
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