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NI­COLA BRADY

Irish Independent - Weekend Magazine - - FRONT PAGE -

Colin Far­rell has made it im­pos­si­ble to think of Bruges with­out curs­ing, but this gor­geous Bel­gian city makes for a per­fect fes­tive break. As soon as you smell the sug­ary note of waf­fles in the air, you won’t be able to re­sist. In the pretty town of Bruges, you’ll likely have two to choose be­tween — a Brus­sels waf­fle is square with deeper holes, and a Liege waf­fle is un­even in shape, denser and chewier. HOW: Novem­ber 25 - Jan­uary 2; vis­it­bruges.be. Trav­elDepart­ment.ie has a three­night trip to Bruges de­part­ing De­cem­ber 4, in­clud­ing a city tour, from €399pp. IF YOU LIKE THAT, TRY: You can’t go to Bel­gium with­out get­ting a cone of frites, topped with a gen­er­ous splodge of mayo. You’ll see scores of folks wan­der­ing through Wences­las Square with a Trdel­ník in hand — it would be rude not to join them. Th­ese spi­ralised pas­tries are made by wrap­ping dough around a stick and toast­ing it over an open fire, be­fore gen­er­ously dous­ing it in su­gar and wal­nuts. The re­sult? A chewy, flaky treat

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