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Last weekend we were for a city trip in Brugge, the old Flemish city 8 km from North Sea coast.
Brugge is very unique. In the beginning of the 9th century the town got its name through the trade with Scandinavia – the old Norwegian word Bryggia means dock/harbour. It blossomed in the middle-ages as a Hanze town (seatrade with Germany, Scandinavia and the Baltic) and a very beautiful town grew, cut through by an extensive system of canals (rei-en) and encircled by protective “vesten” lined by wind mills. The development of Brugge was decelerated and came to a stand still by the silting up of the access to the North Sea in the 16th century. After that, unlike most other old Hanze towns, the town almost completely missed out on the industrial revolution of the 18 & 19 th century. The result is that Brugge has still its old middle-age structure and buildings and that when you walk there and manage to look past the throngs of tourists, you have the feeling that you didn’t enter the town by train but by means of a time machine. Totally fascinating from an urbanist and architectural point of view.
We navigated through the town by means of a city map and directions that my oldest TE friend John / jhm (I’m not talking ‘bout age but seniority here ;-) ) gave.

Displayed here are houses and their reflection on the Gouden Hand Rei. The entrances of these houses are on the Gouden Handstraat. With this pic I tried to convey the feeling of tranquillity we got by walking along the rei-en of Brugge. On those which are not close to the centre (formed by the Burg & Market) you can walk without encountering a soul and taking in the wonderful historic atmosphere, and on some there aren’t even any tourist boats. These boats roam the rei-en in Brugge and have public-adress sound systems ;-)

PS-E2 tech: tilt & perspective distortion corrected, cropped, saturation (master, reds, yellows) boosted/altered, adjusted levels & contrast to the builings, water & sky differentially, USM-ed, frame added and saved for the web.

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1883 W: 126 N: 4146] (13358)
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