Brugge (Bruges) Canal Boat Ride

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You can take a relaxing boat ride through Brugge's ancient canals on a small boat. It's a nice way to see some architecture and different parts of the city.

Boats
Boats

Like everything else in Bruges, these cute wooden boats have lots of character. Fits maybe 10-12 people.

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Waiting to Board
Waiting to Board

There are a few different boarding spots throughout the city. Take your pick, they all go down the same canal.

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The Architecture
The Architecture

You get a nice view of a variety of buildings. Mostly homes, some of them hundreds of years old.

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Flemish Gabled Roof
Flemish Gabled Roof

This stepped facade is typical of Flemish architecture, there are many well preserved examples throughout Bruges.

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Boat Tower
Boat Tower

Not sure what the original purpose of this was, perhaps to let people get to their boats? There is probably a 8-10ft or so wall from the street to the water.

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Nice Touches
Nice Touches

Bruges has many brick buildings, with quaint architectural touches, there was a dog sitting in this window on that pillow but it took off before I could snap him. Lovely vines too.

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Hotel & Restaurant Bourgogne
Hotel & Restaurant Bourgogne

Lots of hotels and restaurants overlook the canal. Some terrific patios and alfresco dining spots. The food in Bruges was absolutely amazing, every restaurant we tried was terrific.

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Swans on the Minnewater
Swans on the Minnewater

If the architecture isn't cute enough, it was nice to see lots of swans and cute ducks hanging around. Bruges is a heavily brick and cobblestone city, but they set aside some nice tree lined parks too

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Our Lady's Church
Our Lady's Church

The tallest tower in Bruges at 122m. It was undergoing renovation during our visit (May 2010). The cathedrals and churches are definitely worth a walk-through, they have amazing ceilings and art.

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There are plenty of ways to get around Brugge, including walking, horse drawn carriage, bus, or car, but this tour was a nice break from that, you just sit back and take in the sites. Our driver provided a little bit of narration, pointing out interesting sites. Definitely recommended.
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