Bruges, Belgium is known for its chocolate and beer, and the biking in and around this charming town is another plus.
We spent a relaxing day biking along the canal from Bruges to the border of the Netherlands, and this turned out to be a highlight of our trip to Europe.
We rented bikes from Eric Popelier, whose shop is right off the market square. We planned to ride to the next town, Damme, then eat lunch and bike back to Bruges. The young man who rented the bikes suggested we aim instead for the town of Sluis, much farther away and right on the border of the next country. He instructed us to follow the canal and enjoy ourselves. Why not?!
A few blocks from the center of the town we found the canal and began our enjoyable tour of the Belgian countryside. Windmills and farmland made for picturesque cycling.
About lunchtime, we cycled into Sluis. I had not heard of this little city before, but it turned out to be a delight. The people out and about here love dogs. The shopkeepers love dogs. Bicycles are the preferred method of transportation, so we fit in well.
This is the view from the sidewalk café where we ate sandwiches.
Rested and fortified, we hopped on our bikes and headed back towards Bruges. With all the stopping to admire windmills and the scenery, this trip took a good part of the day. We turned in our bikes late in the afternoon, just in time to enjoy a snack of Belgian waffles with strawberries and whipped cream. Yum!
If you go to Bruges, Belgium, consider spending a day in the country on a bicycle, taking in the peaceful scenes and fresh air. We were so glad we did!
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