The way to find the Voormalige Hanze Kwartier Windmills in Bruges was a quiet walk from the city centre. I passed through old cobble stoned pathways, passing through the old medieval quarter of Bruges. Surprisingly, the streets were away from the tourists who won’t explore further beyond ancient sites. Following my google map directions, it was a 45 minute walk from the Bruges centre.
I followed a 50-ish backpacker because I was so sure we were looking for the same destination – and I was right. 😀 When our eyes met, we nodded our heads for acknowledgement – and looked up on the windmill on the hill. I was busy setting up my small tripod for a selfie when he offered to take me a photo. I told him it’s okay and I asked if he wanted me take one for him. His answer surprised me, “I don’t travel with a camera. My Nokia phone doesn’t have a camera.” Oh boy, he’s the first traveler I’ve met who doesn’t like proof of his travels. 😀 Deep inside, I admired him for that. He put his duffel bag down on the green grass and laid down his head on it. An hour later, I walked past him, still resting on the same spot I left him.
I went to Bruges for a day trip from Brussels. It’s just an easy hour train ride and you can explore the places you wanna see in 6 hours. And the best thing about it – you can go sightseeing on your own walking tour, like I did. However, make sure that you ask for the map from the Tourist Information Office outside the train station when you arrive. If you decide to take your time exploring this charming city, there are a lot of affordable, nice accommodations anywhere. You can book one at Booking.com or at Hostelworld.