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Chocolates galore in Brugges

June 18, 2011 4 Comments

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Recent Dello Mano bride Tammy suggested that Brugges in Brussels was well worth a visit. So, in the name of chocolate  we ventured out on the hour long train trip  to Brugges which is the most quaint picturesque  medieval town with the added bonus of hosting some 53 chocolate shops! We were overwhelmedwith the long list of chocolate shops  so we made a selective choice based on the most innovative through to the oldest and of course had a keen interest in those that offered hand made chocolates. Noteworthy (and a little sad given our love of hand made food) is that  the Information people noted that only about 6 of the 53 stores actually hand made their chocolate. The Chocolate Line store was recommended as both hand made and the most innovative Belgian chocolate shop in Brugges.  A gorgeous little store with a double window chocolate display set on a cobble stone street in a petite tree lined square. The store itself is brim full of chocolate options and does offer some of the more unusual chocolate fillings including anything from herbs through to  vodka combinations. A most unusual choice of chocolate moulded in different shapes including dog poop in the front window -? ....perhaps shock value?

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Excitingly this chocolate shop does offer authenticity with a large glass viewing window in the back and therefore the opportunity to watch Chocolatiers in action.

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One additional and very unexpected highlight at Brugges was that the Cathedral houses a beautiful Michaelangelo sculpture. This is in fact one of the few Michelangelo pieces outside of Italy. Truly beautiful and with a very light crowd a pleasure to enjoy set amidst the grandeur of the Cathedral.

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4 Responses

dellomano
dellomano

June 19, 2011

Hi Kel – nice to hear from you. No Italy – chocolate and pastry in France – absolutely amazing – stay tuned for some amazing cake photos. Hope you are all well! d

dellomano
dellomano

June 19, 2011

thanks Narelle – yeah there is some competition to be innovative but overall there are the most classic and timeless shops that offer absolute heaven! d

Narelle Ramey
Narelle Ramey

June 18, 2011

OMG! The bacon chocolate doesn’t ring my bell – but the endless chocolate options and gorgeous setting sure does! Happy travels and chomping :-)

Kelly
Kelly

June 19, 2011

Don’t you just love the Michelangelo Sculpture! Are all the shop fronts like this? Are you going to Italy this trip?

Enjoy the rest of the journey.

Kelly

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