The last stop on our trip was Bruges, which was already delightfully Christmassy looking, with decorations and lights up. This was by far the most tourist-packed city we visited during the trip. Bruges also seems to have its tourists figured out - I'd never seen so many chocolate, lace, and beer shops before! Thankfully, they were almost all well-presented, not tacky.
City hall on Burg Square. The next day we visisted the Gothic Hall inside, which was redone beautifully by the Victorians. Beside this is the romanesque Basilica of the Holy Blood. We visited the upper chapel (also redecorated marvellousely in the 19th century) where they hold the supposed relic.
Then after two days in Bruges, we finished our remarkably fun, stress-free trip and took the Eurostar back to London and the train back to Oxford.