After breakfast this morning we got ourselves packed up and checked out of the hotel. We were able to keep our car in their carpark which was very handy. We had one last thing on our list of things to see which was the chocolate museum. We walked from our hotel only to discover when we got there that it was closed. I had specifically checked what times it was open, but it was actually closed from the 9th Jan to the 20th Jan. Quite a few place we had seen were closed for this same period – must be their chance to have a holiday after the Christmas season. We were a bit disappointed, but it wasn’t the end of the world.
We then did the only sensible thing to do when in Bruge …. wander! We decided we should top off our experience with a Belgian waffle so found a nice little cafe we had seen previously. By this point Ella had fallen asleep in her pram so we decided to take the opportunity to sit down and enjoy our waffles properly. We both had hot chocolate sauce and strawberries and Adrian had cream too. The lady who served us was really nice and helped us translate the page of waffle options. Then when we were finished she gave us a homemade eggnog each to try. It was nice, but not really my thing, so I had a few sips and left the rest.
As we had already seen everything we wanted to, we decided to head back to the car and make our way to the eurotunnel, hoping to get an earlier train. We managed to get on the 2.20pm train without paying any extra, which gave us just enough time to give Ella her lunch and have lunch ourselves. When we got off the other end we drove straight home and were back in Maidenhead at about 3.30pm.
After unpacking and putting on a load of washing I went and picked Laura up from the station and we got a few things from Waitrose (including something easy for dinner so none of us had to cook).
Our last European adventure is now over 🙁 But we had a fabulous weekend and thoroughly enjoyed our little getaway. It is the first family holiday we’ve had with just the 3 of us and we enjoyed every minute of it. The hotel was perfect as we had plenty of space and with it being so close to the Markt we were able to come and go as we pleased. It was so nice to see Ella enjoying herself – she has this new little thing we call a ‘boogie’ where she wiggles her body from her bum up like a little dance (don’t know how else to explain it). She took great delight in making new friends everywhere we went and was such a good girl the whole trip. All in all a great trip 🙂