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November 3, 2013

As We Leave The Water, The Heavens Open…

Filed under: BELGIUM,Bruges: Canal Trip,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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We are about to leave the tourist canal trip in Bruges, Belgium, but before we go, I have one more photographic series of pictures of the beautiful buildings we saw    …the weather was closing in fast… and just as the dock came into sight at the end of the tour, the heavens opened and it started to rain buckets. In one of the departing boats, a forest of black umbrellas suddenly popped open  as the passengers ducked below them for cover,

Velveteen and  got out of the rain as quickly as we could and under the cover of boat tour ticket entrance area, and waited for the rain to abate a little before making our way as quickly as we could (in my case, not so quick) to the Church of Our Lady where we had arranged to meet back up with Himself and the kids.

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Bottle shapes in a brewery building…

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(photograph ©Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph ©Velveteen) used with permission

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 2, 2013

Windows, Doors and Detail From The Water…

Filed under: BELGIUM,Bruges: Canal Trip,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Regular readers of this blog will know that I love the details of life…  in this I have found a kindred spirit in my friend “Velveteen”. It’s therefore natural that on our canal trip in Bruges, Belgium that we zoom in on the details as much as we can too.  Bruge might be overly touristic , but even if you hate being in the masses there is no disputing that it’s also exceptionally photogenic, so we try and loose ourselves in the close ups of the detail rather than in the crowds.

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November 1, 2013

We Meet Fidel, Bruges Most Famous Resident … But He Barely Gives Us A Glance.

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Following yesterdays post, my Singaporean friend “Velveteen” and I are sitting on a tourist tour boat as it makes it’s leisurely way around a few of the canals in Bruges, Belgium.

Because I’m using crutches and it was easier to sit at the very front of the boat, we get talking to our guide, asking him about various buildings and the history of the city.

All of a sudden he points out an open window in one of the houses alongside the canal and tell us to try and get a good picture as we get near.

As we approach he tells everyone on the boat a little story about one of Bruge’s most famous inhabitants, a Labrador dog called “Fidel”.

The house is more accurately a Bed and Breakfast hotel called “Côté Canal” and Fidel has become famous due to his habit of almost literally hanging out in the window over the canal.

Our guide tells us that he can be seen almost daily, either sleeping on his large pillow or watching the tourists cruise by  his square bay window, and that he’s such a frequent sight that he’s become somewhat of a tourist attraction in his own right.

Since everyone in our boat also took photos of him, we also helped perpetuate his fame as probably the single most photographed resident of Bruges.

Fidel didn’t give us too much of a glance, after all we were just another boat-load of admiring paparazzi taking his photograph, and when a little while later we passed by him on the return journey, he hadn’t even bothered to move a muscle either.

Our guide tells us that Fidel is such a hot item in the city he even had a cameo role in a 2008 movie made in the city called “In Bruges”.
… And no, in the movie he’s not doing any tricks, doggie stunts or busy saving the day: He’s making an appearance as “himself” … and just as everyone will recognise him: lazy and sleeping in the open window of his bay window.

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

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(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

October 30, 2013

Squeezing In A Jaunt On The Water…

Filed under: BELGIUM,Bruges: Canal Trip,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Our Singaporean friend “Velveteen” and I have just enough time before dinner in Bruges, Belgium, to squeeze in one of the tourist boat trips on the city canals. The weather isn’t the best but it’s more rain on the wind and threatening than actual precipitation so far. Here is a photographic post  from Velveteen’s photos  (used with permission) of our trip around the city waterways…

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Our tour guide…

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(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

(photograph © Velveteen) used with permission

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