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Just had a very pleasant w/e in Brugges and can report that is has tremendous photographic opportunities. A very beautiful city with fantastic architecture and lots of side streets. In addition its canals are so picturesque and well worth a cruise on one of the many boats, in fact I'd make this one of the first excursions which will give you a broad overview of places to visit, noted as being "The Venice of the North".
Its a very small city and is walkable everywhere in half an hour or so. From a photographic equipment point of view I think you need a very wide angle lens as the streets are very narrow and the buildings very tall and its difficult to get all the architecture detail in, but saying that closing in on small detail there are lots of things to take.. Main problem I found was that because its so popular especially with us Brits it is very crowded and therefore it is very difficult to get shots that do not include lots of tourists and cars criss crossing the many squares and streets. - so I guess a very early morning start would be the best way. Never managed to get up the Belfry (yes the one in the film "In Brugges") but at the right time and good weather must be the place to do the panoramic shot of the city. ......
I did the journey on Eurostar to Brussels where you change to the Belgium National Rail system with a two stop 1 hour journey to Brugges. I did find Brugges quite expensive but I guess thats expected with any European Capital or popular city.
For the beer drinkers among you who appreciate high quality beers there are hundreds to choose from, most bars and retaraunts will offer you a 'beer' menu ...... and a word of warning many of them are up in the 8/9% alcohol content so if you dont count how many you are drinking a sore head is garaunteed in the morning
This was just a short visit but I certainly will visit the place again especially now that I have some better idea of its photgraphic opportunities.