The traditional way to get to Bruges (at least for us) is by boat, though some members of our group behaved appallingly and went by Eurostar. Shame on them. I love the boat journey. Not only does the sense of distance give permission to stop, to relax, but I also just like the way boats move. The way they slightly catch you off balance, and make you move to one side or the other as you walk. Can you tell that sea sickness is not a problem I suffer from?!
One short car journey later, and we arrive at the Abbey. It's set well back from the road, and in it's own grounds with lovely walks in woods, which at this time of year are full of autumn colours. Just beautiful.
I'm already looking forward to long walks, and peace and quiet!
At the end of the driveway, the Abbey itself appears. It's a beautiful building which seems to emanate peace and tranquility, which I guess is one reason why the clergy retreat has being doing this journey for so long.