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April 26th 2007
Published: September 30th 2017
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Geo: 51.1942, 3.84637Yet another bad sleep - the bunks are VERY cheap and even my breathing would cause it to rattle and squeak. I had a brief chat with the Montreal girls - both are occupational therapists doing a practical term in Nancy, France and are traveling for a short time before starting it. I almost convinced Crystal to go to Amsterdam, but it would have been a waste as she only had t... Read Full Entry



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Another carnival, much smaller than the ones I encountered in Amsterdam and Haarlem. This concession stand sold pretty much every fried item that you could want.
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Steenstraat, the main shopping street in Bruges.
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The "death-scalator". It's got a sensor and doesn't start moving until you step onto it. Thinking it was broken I carelessly stepped onto it and almost fell on my head when it started up. Escalators also seem to move much quicker in Europe than they do in North America.
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It was dangerous in Bruges - there were H-bombs all over the place! Yup, these horses left their bombs all over Markt square. Watch where you step, folks!
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Bruges is often called "more Gothic than Gothic".
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Burg square - the Town Hall is the building with all the flags. Just to the left of it is the Renaissance Hall.
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Some would say that this is a symbolic representation of the Earth in distress, and the black toenail representing man's slow destruction of the environment, with the much smaller blobs of rich and creamy peppersauce representing the few remaining unspoiled pockets of beauty on Earth. Others would delve deeper and see a man that drank a 0.5 L can of Maes too quickly. A man that recently stubbed his toe snowboarding. A man that is tired of taking pictures of buildings and scenery, and that apparently has developed a fetish for photographing his own feet after eating frites and spilling peppersauce all over his toes. A man that was enamoured with peppersauce so much that he didn't want to waste any of it, and was going to lick it off his toes until he realized it would be a bad idea. Of course, he didn't lick it off only because he realized his inflexible body would permanently become shaped into a human pretzel if he attempted such folly. Mmmmm ... peppersauce ... like a peppery mayo ... maybe Bernard Callebaut can fill his chocolates with it ...
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These suitcases must have been on sale - I saw at least three people walking around with them.
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The Basilica of the Holy Blood - a vial of Christ's supposed blood is kept here.
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In the basement of the Crowne Plaza hotel is an archeological site dating from 950. A pretty cool place to have a banquet, isn't it?
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On display are many artifacts - another sarcophagus, similar to the one you saw in the Haarlem blog. No Dutch hottie managed to sneak into this photo, however.
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An original hinge from Bruge's south gate, since removed.
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The black spot shows how dirty Bruges' walls were before they cleaned it up in 1960.
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Huidevettersplein - a small scenic square in the heart of Bruges.
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I'm always striving to take postcard-quality photos when I travel. It's very easy in Bruges - you can take a picture of almost anything and it turns out great. The one exception are "toe" shots. Those are just plain nasty.
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The Groeninge Museum - it has many Flemish paintings and some modern art as well. I didn't bother going in - I thought it was named after Matt Groening and expected to see this ...
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A little garden just behind The Church of Our Lady. Trying some new photo techniques - having an element in the background AND the foreground.
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A beautiful little archway.
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Creepy afro-man makes yet another mysterious appearance ...
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A revolutionary new photo technique that I pioneered - I call it "Inserting ugly toes into the foreground".
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The Church of Our Lady.



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