London, Paris, Bruges

Over Thanksgiving week, the Franklin and Yourishin families decided to do one last couples only trip across the pond before children. Granted, Caylee was already pregnant and the doctor advised not to travel following the trip. So it ended up being #cayleesbabymoon.

Where to go with a limited timeframe? Airfare dictated the first city. $250 flights from Denver to London and Brussels to Denver. Purchased! Next? What filler locations can we also include? Paris and Bruges. If you haven’t heard of the little town of Bruges, google it, take a trip, and tell me that it isn’t one of the coolest medieval towns in Europe! Well known for its Beer and Chocolate, Bruges is a must visit!



The city of Love!


A quick day trip outside of of the city, you get to one of the most visited Chateau’s in France. This LARGE palace was once home to


Canals, cobbled streets, and medieval buildings give a resounding image that one has just time traveled back to the dark ages and must now peddle your wares in the Burg (town square).

Take a stroll along the canal. Every local will tell you the exact same route. It’s gorgeous sightseeing, romantic atmosphere, and allows for stopping at a restaurant, brewery, or shopping.

Bier! Belgium Beer is amazing and inspires so many craft breweries around the United States. We were told by a friend to go down a sketchy alleyway that reminds one of Nocturn Alley from Harry Potter, up some rickety old stairs and into a small pub to find the WORLDS BEST TRIPEL! (If you want to know the location, give us a like, a share, and send me an email with a favorite gem to you). The hype was real and this beer did not disappoint. Most definitely my favorite Tripel and it is brewed in a nearby town and produced exclusively for this pub. Be careful as it is a 11% ABV and just a few can get you fairly sloshed. I also grew quite fond of the Rodenbach Grand Cru, a sour red ale that inspired the New Belgium La Folie. You can’t go wrong with sitting in this cozy pub enjoying a few beers with complimentary edam cheese and talking with the locals.

Chocolat! Belgian Chocolate is world reknowned and the best place to get it is in Bruges. There are three master chocolatiers in the town and we were directed to seek out the little shop called Pur Chocolat.


Short and sweet! Our train arrived around 7pm and we disembarked to walk the 6 blocks to our hotel. After checking in, Hangry wasn’t a term to be used lightly around my wife.