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... was presented in a very interactive way. I read a little sign in one of the town centres that spoke of the devastation to Belgium and it's people during WWI. In 1915, over 5,000 Belgians fled to France for safety from the Germans. In 1919, only 500 returned and of those 79 left as they couldn't handle what they had returned to - their beautiful village had been levelled. We visited Hill 62 today - wow. Josh ...
... that as this is the world cup time so everything is soccer around here these days.
As we headed to our next destination we walked through the Blinde Ezelstraat (the Blind Donkey street) which goes over a canal and under a building. Why it has this name nothing is written! Hmm. Next stop was the Heilig-Bloed Basiliek, or the Holy Blood Basilica. It takes its name from a vial of blood that is supposed to have come from Jesus and was brought here after the 12th century crusades. It ...
... br> The Groeningemuseum houses a collection of Flemish paintings through the ages, from the 1400's to the present day, including a few van Eycks. The museum is modern, and quiet, being set a little apart from the general bustle, and was an accessible slice of culture.
All the time we had been Duvelling by the square, we had been watching the queue for the horse drawn carriage rides, which had been a constant pretty long queue. ...
... squalid housing, deteriorated beyond apparent repair, and it was sometime before the flat Belgian farmland appeared. There are many beautiful train journeys in Europe. Brussels to Bruges is not one of them.
I arrived in Bruges with much anticipation. My hostel was 3km from the station, so map in hand, I followed my pre-planned dotted line through the cobbled lanes and narrow canals in to its heart. Bruges is beautiful. The belfry juts high in to the ...
... we ended up sitting on the bus for an hour and a half waiting for them. then a mad drive back to the ferry which included driving up the shoulder of the road because the ferries had been docked for the weekend due to a strike. Hubby did not remember this trip at all (he probably slept through all the bus bits) until we took the horse and buggy ride again tonight and that triggered all the stuff. He was the one who wanted to come back for a better look so ...
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Lovely weekend in Bruges in a fantastic hotel
We spent a weekend in january in the lovely city of Bruges and were particulary charmed with this luxury design hotel. Extremely friendly and helpfull staff. The rooms are spacious and very comfortable with VI-Spring beds, airconditioning, wooden floors, ensuite bathroom with bubble-bath and tropical shower. Even a flatscreen television, safe and fax are present in the room. My partner and I tried the restaurant with the lovely canal view and we must say the quality is of very high standard.
Boutique at its best
Quality, space and luxury are the first words that come to mind. In a city famed for excellance, this hotel matches the competition with facilities to spare. Possibly the best hotel beds around and probably the best showers outside a tropical forest.
I have recently returned from a weekend at the Hotel Relais Ravestein in Brugge and what a treat it was. Early on a Saturday morning myself and two friends boarded the Eurostar in London and by midday we were checking into our beautiful hotel in Brugge. After an exhaustive day site seeing around beautiful Brugge (and it is very beautiful) we returned to the hotel for coffee and wine in the downstairs bar, which is served with meticulous attention to detail and there is no better place to be enjoying a drink or meal than on the hotels large canal front deck, which captures all the afternoon sun and was buzzing with hip 30 somethings enjoying themselves as we were. Whilst we didnt eat dinner at the hotel, the menu looked amazing. The hotel is in a very central location and Yves, the hotel manager gives you maps and recommends the most fabulous local restaurants that you would never find on your own, and that made our trip so special. The hotel is modern and funky yet maintains the original wooden frames of the original building. Parketry, crisp white cotton, private huge spas, and designer fittings make this hotel very impressive. The hotel and professional staff are really what made our weekend to Brugge the success that it was. I wouldnt contemplate staying anywhere else.
a friend and i spent one night at this hotel. she found it very interesting. i couldn't wait to get out of it. the room was rather small and the beds were in a direct line with the ventilator ducts, creating a constant chill (even when we turned the temperature up).
Relais Ravestein - A Gem of a Hotel in a Gem of a City
Cutting-edge style yet cosy is a tough one to crack but the Relais Ravestein in Bruges achieves just that. Staff were perfectly relaxed yet always attentive, rooms large and very stylish, bathrooms very sharp with magnificent showers and high grade Jacuzzi baths, location excellent sitting on a beautiful canal and no more than 250m from heart of Bruges (the Burg and Markt). This is pretty close to my perfect hotel.
Try the restaurant - well priced and lives up to the quality of the rest of the hotel and if you can, try to secure a suite in the old part of the house; they have married old and new impeccably.
We stayed in this hotel on the 15th of October for one night and found the hotel to be absolutely amazing. We stayed in Suite 1 which had views of the canal and a fantastic bedroom and bathroom. The rooms are spacious and modern and the bathroom has a fabulous jacuzi bath. If you trying to impress a loved one I would definetly take them here. It was quoted as being the "Honeymoon hotel" by one of the locals stering our small boat through the canals.
A real Gem of a place and should be ranked number one on the rankings. Check out the bedroom view on the attached photos. Book it now !
After travelling Europe for six weeks we ended our trip with three nights at this magnificant hotel. Architecturally very modern, without detracting from the old buildings in Brugge, the rooms were very spacious and well designed.Ample light,great fittings with seperate bedroom,bathroom and toilet facilities. The rooms and indeed the whole hotel was spotlessly clean. The very latest in technology managed the hotel providing a wonderful ambience. The terrace overlooking the canal was a highlight. The restaurant provided excellent food-for both dinner and breakfast-- at reasonable prices.
Relais Ravestein - a true delight
We stayed at the Ravestein for 3 nights - and wish it could have been more. After staying in a tiny room in Paris, the room at the Ravestein was a delight - large, light-filled, spotlessly clean, and very well designed.
The staff were extremely welcoming and helpful and the terrace overlooking the canal was delightful. We ate in the restaurant twice and the food was excellent - and prices reasonable.
The hotel is really modern, very well furnished, and very techno-friendly.
Room rates are not cheap but not excessive - and the hotel would rate as close to the best we stayed in in six weeks of travelling Europe.
Would recommend highly
We found this hotel after staying a night at the Pand Romantik and I couldn't face another night. What a breath of fresh air the Ravestein is. The room, overlooking the canal, was wonderful. The service was fabulous and efficent. Breakfast was delicious. The facilities in the room are excellent and the modern decor is not cold or sterile but very warm. We can't wait to go back and have a cup of hot chocolate on the terrace cafe, overlooking the canal.