I had been to Bruges two times, but I was never that impressed by the city. I didn’t quite understand the attraction to it. While many claim that it is there favorite place in Belgium, mine is Ghent.
I love Ghent. I find it to be very beautiful with its canals, architecture, and the general atmosphere.
However, there was one major difference in my visits to both cities. Each time I went to Bruges, it was cold and rainy where as the times I visited Ghent, it was sunny and pleasant (even in winter).
It’s not that I didn’t like Bruges – I did find it charming – but I just liked the feel of Ghent more. Every time I state that to my friends, they find that rather surprising having adored Bruges themselves.
To give Bruges a fair chance, I’ve been wanting to visit it again on a beautiful day. The opportunity finally presented itself a few weeks ago, and we went along with a few friends.
We had a lovely day wandering the city and its canals, enjoying a few Belgian beers, and munching on some delicious Belgian treats.
The gorgeous day definitely left me with a better impression of Bruges, but I still prefer Ghent. Maybe it’s because I find it less touristy. Or maybe the fact that it’s a university town keeps the vibe there feeling young. I’m not really sure. I just like spending time there.
Have your first impressions of a place ever been wrong?