australian travel blog

It’s impossible to see a white christmas in Australia. But we still get a glimpse into what it’s like because of American and English movies. Where people hug each other wrapped in big-jackets and scarves while snow floats down from the night sky and gently kisses them as they laugh and look as though they’re having the best time.

This year, instead of waking up to go for a swim at the beach before having the family around for a backyard BBQ in 35-degree-heat, Lorna and I were on the other side of the world, in Europe and the United Kingdom, to experience the heavily-televised white christmas. Personally, we love the Australian traditional christmas, but it was great to experience how the other side of the world does it.

Bruges was our second white-christmas destination. The first being Amsterdam and the next two being Paris and Betley; a small village half-an-hour out of Manchester in the UK. Amsterdam had been a long-weekend of partying, so it was refreshing to be in the laid-back but beautifully winter-white city of Bruges with nothing to do but get festive.

We stayed in an awesome hotel called Hotel Cavalier, just a few minutes walk from the Market Square.

Lorna wanted to ice-skate…

…and visit the christmas markets…

…and visit the amazing chocolate stores and taste a lot of it…

…and judge dozens of different Belgium beers in a courtyard on the river…

…and soak in the unique beauty the streets and rivers of Bruges have to offer…

… before packing our bags three days later and hopping on a bus that would take us to the train station and on to the most romantic city in the world. Paris!

Rob Kaay is an Australian author and musician.

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