On our anniversary this year, Peter and I were in Bruges! It’s an absolutely beautiful city – neither of us had ever been before, and it was such a great surprise trip. My ‘paper’ anniversary present were the tickets! We had a wonderful time exploring the city, and one of the best things we came across was the Zandfeesten!
The Zandfeesten is a HUGE second hand and antique market that takes place three times a year so I’m so pleased we happened to be there when it was on. It is absolutely enormous – by far the largest market of this kind I have ever come across. It stretched from the train station, through Koning Albert park, up to a square and then shot off on several of the side streets around the square. It was incredible!
There were SO many goodies in this market – I wish we had had a van that we could have loaded up and driven back to London. Not only was there lots of great stuff, but it was all really reasonably priced. Sadly we were travelling on the train and only had backpacks for luggage, so I only bought one thing (some cut glass jars to replace one I have in the bathroom, which I broke the lid of a year or so ago), but the restraint I had to exercise!! Peter had to keep reminding me that a) I’d have to carry whatever I bought home and b) we would have to actually have somewhere to put it when we got home. Oof, it was hard. I am definitely going back, next time with a van.
What an amazing fair! If you’re planning a trip to Bruges, I’d definitely recommend looking up the next dates. But make sure you arrive with lots of room in your suitcase!