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#TBT: Canal ride and walking tour review

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Throwback Thursday brings you a look at our boat and walking tour from this past October.

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by Andrew Kelly

Being October, we decided to arrange a boat trip and nature walk as October means good weather, right? Well, as I have learned coming from northern Europe, that is not always the case.

The trip was split into two parts, the boat trip through the Piushaven Tilburg and then a nature walk through nature preserve Moerenburg.

This sunny afternoon started at the Doncurado Tilburg, which has the best coffee in all of Tilburg. At 14:00, the TIC group was picked up by our guide for the day Gert Brunink (owner of Mee Naar Buiten).

Walking from our meeting point to the boat, I would say the sky just opened up and then we discovered that there was no roof to the boat. But Gert was on hand with umbrellas! So, a little wet, we set off around the Piushaven.

The trip was great fun and we did learn a lot about the history of Tilburg and how in the past, the Piushaven was the life blood of the city. I will not go into too much detail because I feel I would not do it justice but if you are interested in knowing about the history of Tilburg I would defiantly invest a afternoon.

Then, as it always is, as soon as the boat docked, the rain stopped and Gert lead us on our nature walk through Moerenburg. This area is a natural swamp and was previously a water reservoir for Tilburg. But now, it is a quiet place to enjoy a stroll near the water and admire the many animals that are present.

We ended the tour at one of the most impressive attractions, the re-creation of the old land house. Much of the history of 
this building is lost but luckily, they are finding more info every day.

Tilburg is a place with lots to offer, including plenty for the nature enthusiasts. I would definitely recommend taking this tour.

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