The canals were built to help support the trading economy in this once commercial hub. Today, they are mostly full of tourist cruises and endless charm.
Luckily for Bruges visitors, most of them are lined with streets or walkways on at least one side, letting the dedicated walkers among us explore for hours uninterrupted.
|Canal Corner, Bell Tower on the Right|
Sometimes, there are no walkways, and buildings come right up to the water's edge. The view from the windows of these (residences?) must be amazing.
|Buildings up to the Edge of the Canal|
|Some Lucky Person's Patio|
After a long afternoon of canal-walking, we stopped in to a
|Straffe Hendrik and Brugse Zot Beer|
After our seafood, we struck out beyond the heart of the city to see the larger ring canal around the old town and the four remaining Low-Country windmills still standing on the city's edge.
|Obligatory Cory-Looking-at-the-Water Shot|
If we'd planned to stay a night in Bruges, we would have rented bicycles to pedal around the fantastic trail around and out of Bruges to the countryside. As it was, we had to stick to our feet on the ring canal. The windmills are open to visitors for a cost, but we were happy just enjoying them from the grass in the lengthening shadows.
|Ring Canal Windmill|
|Two of the Remaining Windmills|
Beyond the ring canal was what we assumed to be the real city- the part where people actually live and work. Being the unashamed tourists we were, we made our way back into the old city as the sun set for a taste of some more Belgian beer and some nighttime photos.
|Bruges Canal at Sunset|