The 40 by 40 Project is written by Angie Teater, a New York-based interior designer & travel writer. The Project begins on Angie's 39th birthday (March 11, 2017) with only 365 days to accomplish everything on the list before turning big Four-Oh! 

Forty goals. One year. Endless possibilities.

#9: Afternoon Tea in Bruges, Belgium

#9: Afternoon Tea in Bruges, Belgium

Pinkies up!! While bashing around Belgium, I headed to Bruges (also spelled Brugge) for the most delightful afternoon tea of my life! Am I gushing? Yeah. I'm gushing. But for good reason. I was instantly enchanted with the fairytale town and, while sipping Darjeeling tea and nibbling crab sandwiches on the edge of the canal, felt giggly-girl happy from my nose to my toes. 

This is my second afternoon tea, with the bucket list goal of 4 this year. Check out the first one here

In addition to luxury tea sipping, I spent the day desperately falling in love with Bruges. Here are some of my favorite snaps from the Belgian town that made my heart swoon...including my exquisite afternoon tea provided by Hôtel de Orangerie!

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Sigh. 

See? 

Perfection. Not to mention the air smells like waffles and chocolate. No, really. And you can almost hear visitors breathing a sigh of relief as they stroll the streets, as if the air in Bruges can magically scrub of the stress of the real world. 

I'm actually convinced it can.

I'm so thrilled that my birthday bucketlist inspired the trip - what an incredible year this has been so far! 

And...I'm gushing again! 

#18: Something I've Never Done / Basketball

#18: Something I've Never Done / Basketball

#11: See a Burlesque Show

#11: See a Burlesque Show