Photo Essay: Beautiful Canals in Bruges, Belgium

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Bruges is a quiet storm of a town: tranquil on the surface, yet fascinatingly compelling.  Located in Flanders, Belgium, not far from the North Sea, Bruges is best known for its romantic setting on a series of canals.

Of course, Venice is Europe’s premier city of canals.  But Bruges, though it has its share of tourists, is much quieter, more peaceful, cleaner, and more geared toward adults.  You tend to see more couples and fewer families in Bruges than you do in Venice.

If you’re coming off a whirlwind tour of Europe, Bruges is a perfect place to catch your breath.  Spend a day or two relaxing, eating, and strolling around this beautiful city.