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BRUGGES - NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER DREAM

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FAVOURITE PHOTO

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HOW ROMANTIC!!

THIS IS STILL A FAVOURITE PHOTO! AND IT WAS TAKEN WITH MY POINT AND SHOOT
CAMERA AND I STITCHED TOGETHER IN PHOTOSHOP.

BRUGGES WAS ONE OF THE 1ST ON MY LIST OF PLACES TO SEE IN EUROPE.
I FELL IN LOVE WITH BRUGGES WHILST VISITING IAN'S (iandsmith) PAGES ON
VT. I SAW HIS NIGHT SHOTS AND IMMEDIATELY KNEW I WANTED TO VISIT!
THANKS MATE! :)

WE HAD ALREADY EXPERIENCED OUR FIRST EUROPE CANALS IN LIER AND GENT.
BUT THE CANALS HERE IN BRUGGES AT NIGHT WERE SOMETHING ELSE!! :)

AUSSIROSE MEETS BIG KWAK!
BIGGER THAN ANY CROC I HAVE COME ACROSS YET!

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I WAS GOBSMACKED!!! HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A BEER SO BIG!!
NOW THIS IS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!! ;)

BUT HOW IS AUSSIROSE GOING TO POLISH THIS OFF WITHOUT SPILLING IT
ALL OVER HER FACE AND EMBARRASING HERSELF IN PUBLIC?....!

WELL I DELICATELY LIFTED THE YARD GLASS OUT OF IT'S HOLDER AND
SIPPED IT. THERE WAS NO WAY I WAS GOING TO SPILL THIS THING ALL OVER
MYSELF!!...... LOL.

I DID THIS TECHNIQUE A FEW TIMES.... PRETENDING I KNEW WHAT I WAS
DOING.... ;) NO LIFTING THE LITTLE PINKIE.... I AM A PROFESSIONAL!!........

WELL THERE WERE SOME STRANGE LOOKS AT NEIGHBOURING TABLES
AND I THOUGHT..... WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?.... I'M DOING REAL GOOD HERE.
I HAVE NOT GOT A FACE FULL YET! THINK MY TECHNIQUE IS WORKING!!

WELL IT TURNS OUT THAT I WAS NOT DOING THIS IN STYLE AT ALL!
I WAS MAKING A TOTAL FOOL OF MYSELF AT EVERYONE'S EXPENSE LOL.

BUT THAT'S ALRIGHT BECAUSE AUSSIROSE IS USED TO BEING A DUMB
BLONDE QUEENSLANDER LOL. :)

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THIS IS WHAT I SHOULD HAVE BEEN DOING.... LIFTING UP THE WHOLE
WOODEN FRAME AND YARD GLASS AT THE SAME TIME. THIS NICE WAITER
TOOK PITTY ON ME AND CAME OVER TO HELP LOL ;)

WELL AFTER I MASTERED IT.... FOLLOWED BY A FEW LAUGHS ALL ROUND
INCLUDING ME, I POLISHED OFF MY BEER TO A ROUND OF APPLAUSE!! :)
AND JUST HAD TO GET A PHOTO OF MY KWAK BEER DRINKING TEACHER!!

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WELL BY THIS TIME I NEEDED A DISTRACTION FROM MY FALIURE.....
AND I GOT IT!!!! LOL :)

WHAT SORT OF HEAD IS THAT HOWIE?!! ....... CHUCKLE..... SNIGGER SNIGGER ;)
WHERE'S THE BEER?....!! NOW DRINK THAT!! LOL.

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HUBBY PRIDES HIMSELF ON POURING A GOOD BEER. BUT I THINK THESE
BELGIUM BEERS HAVE CERTAINLY GIVEN BOTH OF US A GOOD CHALLENGE!

OK SAYS HUBBY..... ENOUGH OF THE SILLY STUFF, LET'S CHECK OUT THE MENU.
WELL THAT JUST CREATED MORE LAUGHTER ON MY SIDE!! HAWHAWW!
NOW WHO IS THE LOOSER!!! PFFT!! I LOST IT TOTALLY!!! HAHAAAA...

THE STAFF COULDN'T HAVE BEEN MORE HELPFUL AND WE HAD A NICE TIME
ENJOYING OUR SURROUNDINGS AND PEOPLE WATCHING.

BRUGGES IS SUCH A ROMANTIC PLACE. I LOVED THE CANALS AND NIGHT LIGHTS.

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BRUGGES IS SO MUCH MORE!! IT HAD HORSE & BUGGIES TOO!
WHAT A LOVELY WAY TO SEE THE SIGHTS AND EQUALLY ROMANTIC!
WE DIDN'T DO THIS AS THE LINE UP WAS TOO LONG. WE DID HOWEVER
RIDE HORSE AND BUGGE ELSEWHERE ON OUR TRIP BUT THAT'S ANOTHER STORY.

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WE TOOK A FEW MINUTES TO SIT AND ENJOY THE DUCKS AND SWANS ON THE
CANAL FRONT. THIS WAS A NICE QUIET PART OF THE CITY WITH LOTS OF
TREES AND SHADE.

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OK.... FUNNY AUSSIROSE STORY.

AND YOU THOUGHT THAT MY BEER DRINKING TECHNIQUE WAS FUNNY!! ;)

THIS IS THE MAIN SQUARE IN BRUGGES. HUBBY AND I STAYED IN A
BEAUTIFUL BED AND BREAKFAST ABOUT 20MIN CASUAL STROLL FROM
THIS CENTRE SQUARE. MORE ABOUT THE B&B IN A MINUTE....

ON OUR FIRST DAY WE DECIDED TO HIRE THE B&B BIKES TO TAKE THE
FAST TRIP INTO TOWN. NO PROBLEM! AUSSIROSE WAS AN ACCOMPLISHED
BIKE RIDER ..... YEARS AGO........ ;)

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THESE DANISH BIKES HOWEVER WERE BIG! MINE WAS A BIT TOO BIG!!
OF COURSE I HAD NO PROBLEM MOUNTING IT!.... ;)
RIDING.... NO PROBLEM.... LOL.

BUT GETTING OFF..... WAS JUST A SLIGHT PROBLEM.... HAHA.

NOTHINNG LIKE A CRASH LANDING IN THE CENTRE SQUARE OF BRUGGES!
IN FRONT OF THE HORSE AND BUGGIES AND CROWDS LOL ;)

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OUT COMES THE VIOLINS.......
NO, JUST THOUGTH I'D THROW THAT IN FOR EFFECT ..... HEHEE.

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SPEAKING OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.... THIS FELLA WAS IN THE NEXT STREET.
I REALLY ENJOYED HIS VIOLIN AND TRUMPET PLAYING.
HE WAS A REAL TALENTED GUY.

SO AFTER MY IMPRESSIVE TOUCHDOWN INTO THE CENTRE SQUARE ......
HUBBY AND I TOOK A WANDER AROUND THE STREETS, TAKING IN THE
LIVELY ATMOSPHERE AND TOURIST ATTRACTIONS. BRUGGES IS A VERY BUSY
TOURISTY PLACE.

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BRUGGES CANALS

GOING ON A CANAL TOUR IN BRUGGE WAS ON MY 'MUST DO LIST!! :o)
WE HAD ALREADY EXPERIENCED A SURPRISE CANAL CRUISE IN GENT.
SO I HAD SOMETHING TO COMPARE THIS WITH. ALTHOUGH BOTH HAD
SIMILAR NICE SIGHTS.... GENT WINS! YOU'LL HAVE TO CHECK OUT MY
GENT BLOG TO FIND OUT WHY ;)

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VT MEET

LOVELY SARAH (crazypaws) WHO ORGANISED OUR MEET UP.
THANKS A MILLION SARAH FOR A FANTASTIC JOB!! WE ALL
ENJOYED OURSELVES IMMENSLEY! xx

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ATTENDEES WERE BELL (titabell), DANNIE (irisbe), CAROLINE (B_Caro)
AND IAN-GRACE (kylian74).
OH AND AUSSIEBARNEY (WHO STOLE THE SHOW) AND THOSE
NAUGHTY VA'S (THE PLASTIC PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD
THAT WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE ATTENDED IN PERSON...
NEXT BEST THING.... VIRTUAL ATTENDEE... OR VA AS WE
AFFECTIONALLY CALLED THEM,)

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BELL - YOU HAD BEEN MY FRIEND FOR A LONG TIME ON VT AND
IT WAS A HIGHLIGHT TO FINALLY MEET YOU!! WHAT A WARM
RECEPTION YOU GAVE HOWIE AND I. AND YOUR EYES LIT UP
WHEN YOU SAW OUR VA'S HANSI, LORI, DORRISE AND REXY xx.

DANNIE - YOU CAME TO MY BIRTHDAY BASH IN LIER! WHAT AN
AMAZING TIME WE HAD!! AND THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ALSO
COMING TO BRUGGES!! xx

CAROLINE - YOU HAD A WARM AND BUBBLY PERSONALITY!
WHO WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO YOU! WE HAD A
FABULOUS TIME :)

IAN-GRACE - YOU CAME ALONG WITH YOUR HUBBY AND LITTLE
BABY GIRL WHO WAS SO CUTE!!..... YOU CAME FROM 3 HOURS
AWAY! I AM SO PRIVILEGED TO HAVE MET YOU AND YOUR LITTLE
FAMILY! DON'T STOP SMILING AND ENJOYING LIFE TO THE FULL!!
xx

AGAIN.... SARAH.... LOOKING FORWARD TO SHOWING YOU AROUND
PERTH WHEN YOU VISIT US SHORTLY IN JULY 2017!! HUGS xx

BRUGGES ACCOMMODATION - ELEVEN BED AND BREAKFAST

I WOULD RECOMMEND TO STAY HERE. OUR HOSTS WERE
ATTENTATIVE BUT ALSO GAVE US OUR SPACE. PARKING WAS
NOT TOO FAR AWAY. WE HAD THE USE OF THE BIKES TO RIDE INTO
TOWN.... ABOUT 7 MINUTES AWAY. GREAT LOCATION.
BREAKFAST WAS NICE!

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BRUGGES EXCELLED EVERYTHING I HAD IMAGINED!

NEXT STOP - AMSTERDAM AND A STAY ON A HOUSEBOAT,
FUN AT THE HEINEKEN EXPERIENCE, WINDMILLS...
BOATS, BIKES AND BOOZE -
PLUS MEETING PJ, SWANET, DILA AND MARY.

Posted by aussirose 02:01 Archived in Belgium Tagged trip europe belgium brugges 2011 aussirose travellerspoiint

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A well written, entertaining account with lovely illustrations.

by ADAMYAMEY

Thanks Adam :)

by aussirose

Great photos; fun stories. We loved Brugge. Next to Paris, it's my favorite city. We stayed out in the country not far from Damme and took the canal boat from Damme into Brugge a couple times. Never got to see it at night. Your pictures are beautiful. We'll have to visit at night some time.

by Sally (Beausoleil)

Thanks Sally for your kind comment :)

by aussirose

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