Horse and Carriage

Instad of taking a boat tour today, we decided for something more elegant and private – a horse drawn carriage.  We have not done this yet on this trip so we though it would be a great opportunity to see a bit of the city from a different perspective.  The tour is about 35 min and it includes a 5 min break for the tourists to take some photos and for the horse to have a break.  In fact this tour seems to be all about the horse.  Horses in Bruges have the best union ever!  If I was to be reincarnated I would want to be a horse in Bruges.  The horses work from 10 am to 10 pm.  At 4pm there is a shift change so after woking 6 hours the horse gets two days off out of the city on a pasture.  On each 35 min trip the horse gets a 5 min break to have a break to eat and drink.  If it is 30C or more the horse gets two breaks and after 6 hours gets 2 days off.  There are 13 carriages that work in Bruges, each carriage has 6 horses which are rotated twice a day.  I want a job like that!  Taking pictures while riding a horse drawn carriage on cobble stones is like trying to thread a needle while riding a brontosaurs – not easy, not a good idea.

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