Belgium, fashion, travel, val

Beautiful BRUGGE


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Outfit Details 
Skirt: Leed’s Vintage Kilo Sale
Shirt: Cotton On
Cardigan: Leeds Op Shop
Shoes: Big W
Sunglasses: Singapore

Say hello to Brugge, a quaint little city in Belgium, which over rides Brussels for a place in the Lonely Planet’s Independent Traveller’s guide to Europe. Like many of the places in our hectic Eastern Europe itinerary (8 countries in 28 days), Brugge, came up on many fellow traveller’s lips as one of the ‘must see’ places of Europe. Known as the “Venice of the north”, Brugge is a picturesque town surrounded by beautiful canals, lovely walkways and wrought with romantic little getaway spots. A very beautiful two or three day trip, Brugge is a wonderful travel destination for those who want to explore a more quiet part of Belgium or to see a city which holds remnants to the Medieval past.

As we Eurail and backpack around Eastern Europe for 24 days I have had to endure all sorts of turmoil and the greatest of these, packing. The deciding factor in the struggle between what do I need versus what do I really need was; which pieces of clothing was special enough that I did not mind carrying it on my back for an entire month? This pleated vintage skirt was one of those items. Bought at Leed’s Vintage Kilo Sale, the same place where I had bought my purple Metallic skirtthis skirt has the most gorgeous, summery colour and is a wonderfully decent length. A bit on the heavier side (cause I had to pay for it by weight, I know it’s not the lightest of skirts) it was a struggle to decide whether to bring it or not.

A small disclaimer here, I am no travel expert, so please don’t take my advice as a ‘what to bring around Europe’ list. I am as clueless as every other female traveller who fear to part with their entire wardrobe. Many of whom, when faced with the task of lugging about a 12kg bag across Europe end up wishing they had only brought their passport and credit card (any one else have or feel the same way?).

So despite my sore back and weak arms from lugging my backpack, I do feel that if you are willing to take the weight, it’s worth taking whatever you can. Maybe it’s vain travelling,  but I was quite pleased to bring some colour into my photos, especially in such a picturesque place such as Brugge.

If you would like more information about Brugge or my travels, let me know and I’ll be sure to reply. Additionally Friends of Big Picture Stuff, please tell us whether you would like more updates of fashion posts or travel info. We would love to work together with you to make BigPictureStuff a collaborative place from around the world!

Next time you hear from me I’ll be in Germany!

xo Val

Photographer: Rachael from Suitcase Home
Model: Valerie Bong





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  • Irene C 05/04/2014 at 1:11 pm

    It’s so breathtaking! And u look beautiful with the outfit!
    Wish I could travel to Europe and witness its beauty myself, share more of the travel photos heeh ^^

    • Val & Vess 07/04/2014 at 6:56 pm

      Thanks so much for the beautiful comment Irene! Brightened my day ! Okie dokie, definitely more travels pics to come, especially for you! X

  • Rebecca 06/04/2014 at 5:40 pm

    It is BEAUTIFUL there, and you’re giving me a serious case of wanderlust! I’m crap at packing, and always bring silly things like clutch bags and high heels, but I think you’ve made some wise choices xx Rebecca – UK fashion blog

    • Val & Vess 07/04/2014 at 7:07 pm

      Thank you so much Rebecca. Aw goodness! Well being from Oz, i have a natural tendency to want to go EVERYWHERE in Europe, so u must definitely travel to Brugge some time 🙂 Aw yes! It’s so difficult!!