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CA1 1LA, England, United Kingdom
July 12, 2012
From journal Beautiful Bruges
New York, New York
July 20, 2001
The first pier I passed had a long line of people waiting for their turn. I decided to first explore the town by foot and wait until the afternoon in hopes of shorter lines. By around 3pm, the skies had darkened and rain was threatening to fall. Needless to say, there were no more lines and I stopped at the first ticket booth. The fare was about $5 and after a 2 minute wait, the few of us were allowed to board the small boat.
The boat itself is medium sized, with wooden benches around the edge and rows of seats in the middle. I decided to sit towards the back to get the best view. After a couple more minutes, the boat filled up and our "captain" hopped abroad. He was an older man who spoke an impressive number of languages. He asked our group which languages we needed and then proceeded to give a short history in German, French, Spanish and English. The narrative continued with interesting tidbits and stories along the way.
The view from the boat was beautiful. I remember thinking how my gondola ride in Venice was ridiculously overpriced. I enjoyed the churches, schools, buildings, museums, numerous bridges, the trees, even an old brewery, all from a front row perspective. Our captain pointed out things like the smallest window (a tiny glass opening at the side of a building) and gave us many canal measurements and numbers of bridges to contemplate. The sky had cleared by the time the boated started, just in time for the light to break through. It was so picturesque I found it hard to stop taking too many photos.
The canals of Bruges are not as long nor intricate as those in Venice, Italy. However, they are so pleasant and in hindsight, well worth the long lines. The further you go away from the town center, the less people there are at the ticket booths. Try to pick an off-center site and try your luck.
From journal Fairy Tale Bruges
by Re Carroll
Abbotsford, British Columbia
November 4, 2001
To get to the boat, you walk down a flight of stone stairs to where a number of large, open boats are lined up. Each boat seats 30-40 people and during the busy tourist season, they are always full. The guides speak a number of different languages and point out many of Bruge's historic buildings and sights.
One of the major points of interest is the Old St. John's Hospital, parts of which date from the 13th century. Part of the building juts out over the waterand these sections were known as plague houses because it is where the wealthy people were quarantined. The many angles and sections of the hospital make for a great photo opportunity. The building is now a museum and also houses work by the painter Hans Memling.
We passed by the Church of Our Lady where Michaelangelo's "Madonna and Child" is housed. The church tower is approximately 400 feet high but seen from the water, it appeared much higher.
The boat wandered along many canals and under stone bridges, one of which was so low that we all had to duck to avoid getting our head bumped.
The tour runs daily from 10 am until 6 pm, lasts about 1/2 hour and the price is 190BF per person.
This was a very relaxing way to see Brauges and it was easy to imagine myself back in time when boats were the main mode of transportation here.
From journal Discovering Bruges
Oakhurst, New Jersey
September 18, 2000
From journal Fairy Tale Land
September 19, 2004
The boat was packed with tourists speaking many different languages, and our guide spoke unintelligible English, yet the boat ride was worth it for the views of gabled houses, landings lined withflowers, and 300-year-old bridges. Yes, you can see these from the paths lining the canals, but from the boat, it's a whole different perspective.
Little Rock,, Arkansas
June 30, 2001
From journal Medieval Bruge
August 11, 2002
From journal Bruges2002
From journal Bruges, or Brugge?
Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom
July 21, 2012
From journal Germany & nearby