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Another trip that’s been on my list for ages! Bruges is the ultimate quaint little European gem with a truly fairytale-esque atmosphere. Its gorgeous canals lined with historic medieval houses make for a jaw-dropping boat ride, and on a sunny day it’s just unbelievably beautiful.

I first went to Belgium in 2013 – I have some family there so it was great to stay with them and do a tour of Brussels, but we didn’t get a chance to visit Bruges. This time around I was determined to finally experience the lovely little town for myself, so we jumped in the car and we actually even went a bit further towards the coast to greet the North Sea. We stopped in the town of Oostende, and we had a nice little walk around the beach. It’s only about a 40-minute car ride from Brussels, or alternatively you can just jump on a train and be there in an hour.

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On the beach in Oostende

^ Enjoying the effects of exposure to vitamin sea πŸ˜‰ Press play and the screen will adjust!

We made it to Bruges in the early afternoon and we grabbed a quick snack in the Market Square. It’s got a great view of the symbol of Bruges, the Belfry tower, so you can just sit in the sunshine and soak up the unique atmosphere of the historic centre.

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Market Square

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The Belfry of Bruges

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Exploring the back streets…

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Straying off the beaten path – we followed a smaller canal here!

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The narrow Breidelstraat will take you from the Belfry to Burg Square.Β 

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There are a lot of street performers and places to grab food, but it’s a bit crowded.

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Crossing the bridge to the boat tour pick-up point

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It was quite breezy so my hair is all over the place!

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The incredibly scenic little pier

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Taking in the beautiful medieval architecture

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Exploring the length of the canal

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Passing by brick buildings dating back to 1675!

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Back towards the historic centre

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The Church of Our Lady – its incredible brick spire sits 122 metres above the ground!

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Some lovely houses along the canal

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Mind your head – passing under the lowest bridge!

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Swan lake πŸ™‚

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Content at the end of the tour

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Back to Burg Square in search of an afternoon snack…

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Found it! Chocolate-covered waffle on a stick, yum!

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The place is called go.fre – they sell them in gift boxes as well

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A happy ending – chocolate shopping in Bruges!

Hope you enjoyed this quick tour around Bruges, and that it gave you an idea of what you can expect to see when you visit. If you’ve already been there – did it bring back good memories? Did you come across a hidden gem that I didn’t discover? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to subscribe to the blog for more adventures from around the world!

Thanks for reading,

xx Niya

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Blissful afternoon boating the canals of Bruges

2 thoughts on “Blissful afternoon boating the canals of Bruges

  1. Looks lovely. We have passed through Bruges a few times en route to and from the UK when using the over night ferry, but have never really made it a destination in its own right. Perhaps I should rethink this and pencil in a longer visit!

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    • I think it absolutely warrants spending at least a few hours there if you can! It has an incredible atmosphere of a place where time has stopped centuries ago. The abundance of chocolate shops is another very legitimate reason to consider making a stop there!

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