Belgium being a flat land with no mountains was not a European destination to top my bucket list. But you know when a broke wanderer's heart flutters, finding means to calm travel senses comes naturally with experience ;) With my masters dissertation nearing completion, I had no time to plan my summer getaways and as time passed, the flight rates shot up exorbitantly. This left me with my last resort, a bus journey to Belgium from London! Fortunately the bus tickets cost me 1/4th the flight rates and I knew could splurge mindlessly and live it the Belgian way *BON APPETIT, yaaaay* ;) Also being a nature lover, I planned this trip in the second week of August when florists from around the world take personal efforts to decorate the main market square and the Grande Place in Brussels!
I spent a weekend exploring two beautiful cities in Belgium, Brugges and the capital city of Brussels. Having met by the romantic air of Brugges on a Friday evening, it became imperative that I know the cause. With views that unfolded and tales that the quaint alleyways narrated, my quest to discover the reasons turned out to be a cakewalk. The sun was almost setting when I reached the Minnewater bridge. This fairytale viaduct stands across the Minnewater lake, which is now the reminder of a legendary love tale of Minna and Stromberg. A beautiful young girl named Minna is said to have escaped her Lord father into the forest to elope with the love of her life, chief Stromberg. It is believed that she collapsed of exhaustion in his arms after they reunited. As an epitome of their heartbreaking love story, Lake Minnewater is also called 'the lake of Love'! Surely complementing the romantic air of the town even, are its beliefs about everlasting love between lovers who kiss on the bridge. I was just watching a lovely wedge of swans wading in the lake whilst listening to such heartwarming things about the town, when the gentle clip-clop of horses diverted my attention to the winding streets that led up to the market square.