Magda Indigo photography

+ BRUGGE 08 2016

PORT of HULL…
THE PRIDE of HULL...
THE PRIDE of HULL...
PAUL WAITING…
ALL ABOARD…
ON BOARD…
Day 1 AND WE’RE OFF…
ALONGSIDE THE PRIDE of HULL…
THE HUMBER ESTUARY…
THE HUMBER BRIDGE…
MIGRATION SOUTH…
IN THE SHIPPING LANE…
AN ABSTRACT STATE of MIND...
HOME SWEET HOME…
ONE LAST SHOT…
A SALUTE HELLO…
OF WINDOWS, PRIDE OF YORK…
A PERSON of INTEREST …
Brugge THE STREET and BRIDGE...
DID YOU KNOW?
ONE of SEVENTY BRIDGES…
DAY 4 BRUGGE, The canals and bridges...
ONE of HUNDREDS of MADONNAS…
THE GOTHIC HALL…
MY SON…
TROBAIRITZ…
WHAT WE SEE…
THE FOUR SEASONS…
CORBELS EVERYWHERE…
THE LAST KNIGHT…
THE LANTERN…
ANYONE for A COACH-TOUR?
LA DAME AU CANOTIER…
A WARM INVITE…
DEEP REFLECTION…
THE CHAPEL of The HOLY BLOOD…
A MONUMENTAL FIREPLACE…
THE INKWELLS and the story…
BRUGGE FACADES…
BLIND DONKEY STREET…
Y 3 BRUGGE, The Belfry and gabled facades.
PEERDENBRUG over the GROENEREI…
ANOTHER of HUNDREDS of MADONNAS…
ROW upon ROW…
DIVIDED WE STAND…
THE BEND…
NATURE’S CATHEDRAL…
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER BRIDGE… BRUGGE
A DIFFERENT ANGLE… BRUGGE
STRICTLY DANCE….
I SPY…
HEAVY TRAFFIC… in BRUGGE
WINDOW TO THE SKY and THE JERUSALEM CHURCH
THE JERUSALEM CHURCH…
JERUSALEM CHURCH INTERIOR…
JERUSALEM CHURCH, THE CRYPT…
JERUSALEM CHURCH, DOWNSTAIRS
JERUSALEM CHURCH, the VAULTS…
THE ALMSHOUSES…
OF NARROW BACK-ALLIES…
VENICE of THE NORTH…
The LEGEND of the GOLDEN HAND…
The BLUE DOOR…
THE AUGUSTIJNENBRUG…
SPAANSE LOSKAAI…
SPOT THE WINDOWS…
ON OLD WALLS…
WHAT’S the TIME???
OIL&VINEGAR…
LEFFE BLONDE…
IN THE SHADOW of the BELFRY…
THE HALLEN…
REFLECTIONS…
HEY, LISTEN…
THE BREAK…
LOST TO THE WORLD…
THE UNLIKELY READING COACHMAN…
BRUGES LACE…
UP UP and AWAY
FIFTY SHADES OF RED…
MODERN MADONNA…
PURPLE RAIN…
WISTERIA in BRUGGE…
BOTTLE BRUSHES…
BASKETS ANYONE?
GRAND ENTRANCE to GRUUTHUSE…
WINDOWS…
FEMININITY…
EVENING IN BRUGGE…
THE WEEPING BEECH…
TANNER’S GUILD HOUSE…
THE BEAUTIFUL REFLECTIONS…
FRIENDS…
MORE FRIENDS…
IEPER, POPPY…
ARCHITECT or BUILDER…
OF FLANDERS and ANTIQUITIES..
IN A DARK CORNER…
DE MOEREN…
A SUNFLOWER in FLANDERS…
Meebrug,Belfry, canal, boat,architecture, Brugge,
THE GROPE… DAY 7
AAAH BACH…
THE AUTUMN FASHION COLOURS…
ALLEYS of BRUGGE…
SERENDIPITY and PEOPLE WATCHING…
INSIDE LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN…
ORIGINAL DISPLAY…
ALL CHOCOLATE…
CHOCOLATE… by the KILO
DAPPLED LIGHT…
GROENEREI…
FIRST SIGN of AUTUMN…
WAITING pour LE BEAU MONDE…
THEY ARE COMING!
IN FULL RAGALIA…
ON PARADE…
THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY…
ARMOURED PIKEMAN…
A PIKEMAN…
OLD WARRIOR…
MORE LACE…
THE MUSKETEER…
WITH PANACHE…
SHINY ARMOUR…
RECEPTION in THE HALL…
ILLUMINATED FACADE…
A QUARTER to NINE…
IN THE SPOTLIGHT…
BEFORE WE GO-GO…
LE TEMPS des FRAISES…
Le Temps des Mûres…
LE TEMPS des ROSES…
LE TEMPS des GERBERAS…
LE TEMPS des TOURNESOLS…
LE TEMPS des COULEURS…
OH SO BRUGGE…
THE SHORTEST STREET? GLORIBUSSTREET...
A FLANDERS VILLAGE…
HARVEST…
ON BLUE WATER… NENUPHAR
THE RUSTLING REED…
THE LONG GOOD-BYE…

PORT of HULL…

Day 1 I will take you with on our latest adventures. Hope you enjoy as much as we did. We drive through Hull, to get to the Port where we’ll depart from on the ferry to Zeebrugge in Belgium. An 18 hrs crossing, overnight, we’ll arrive rested! The weather is glorious. Kingston upon Hull, usually abbreviated to just Hull, is a city and unitary authority in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It lies upon the River Hull at its junction with the river Humber estuary, 25 miles (40 km) inland from the North Sea. I wish you all the very best and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments, likes and faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE PRIDE of HULL...

DAY 1 THE PRIDE of Hull... First thing we see as we arrive in Port of Hull. MS Pride of Hull is a Bahamas registered passenger and cargo roll-on/roll-off ship in service with P&O North Sea Ferries on the Hull - Rotterdam route Entered service on 2 December 2001. Upon entering service she was the joint title holder of the World's largest Cruiseferry with her sister, the Pride of Rotterdam. She has 12 decks! Only, this time I am not sailing on her... we take the route to Zeebrugge, in Belgium. The harbour of Brugge, the city where I was born, the city that we both love. It is a 13 hrs journey, we will dine, sleep and breakfast and wake up in Flanders. Joy! Our ferry is the Pride of York. Beautiful weather, evening on board, full of happy people, some celebrating the end of their holidays and going home, others celebrating the start of the holidays and looking forward to adventures new. Like us. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE PRIDE of HULL...

DAY 1 First thing we see as we arrive in Port of Hull. Pride of Hull was designed as two ships in one, both a car ferry and a cargo transporter, with three large freight decks, loaded by a single stern door and a car deck, on deck 7, loaded via a side ramp, now THAT is something I never saw on any other ferry! MS Pride of Hull is a Bahamas registered passenger and cargo roll-on/roll-off ship in service with P&O North Sea Ferries on the Hull - Rotterdam route Entered service on 2 December 2001. Upon entering service she was the joint title holder of the World's largest Cruise-ferry with her sister, the Pride of Rotterdam. She has 12 decks! Only, this time I am not sailing on her... we take the route to Zeebrugge, in Belgium. Beautiful weather, evening on board, full of happy people, some celebrating the end of their holidays and going home, others celebrating the start of the holidays and looking forward to adventures new. Like us. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

PAUL WAITING…

Day 1 We are well on time, waiting now, stretching or legs and enjoying the sea air. First they load the freight, then it is the turn of the bikers, of which there are many, it is the Bank holiday w-e. After that it will be our turn to board The Pride of York. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ALL ABOARD…

Day 1 Then suddenly this lady appears, and it’s all go! It is getting more and more exciting. Yes we are leaving the island that is England. ! Anywhere you want to go in the world… you have to first get off, whether by foot, bike, car, boat, train or plane. The only ‘fixed’ link is in the South, the Channel Tunnel. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ON BOARD…

We are ‘swallowed’ into this massive vessel. Everywhere you look, cars, lorries and bikes. We park, grab our stuff, and see that for some reason, everybody rushes up… WHY? We will be guests for 13 hrs! LOL Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Day 1 AND WE’RE OFF…

It doesn’t take long before we’re off! We find our cabin, and quickly get to the outer decks. The weather is beautiful, evening on board, full of happy people, some celebrating the end of their holidays and going home, others celebrating the start of the holidays and looking forward to adventures new. Like us. This is a more abstract image, the man looked melancholic, stared for quite some time at the churning water as the ferry set sail… Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ALONGSIDE THE PRIDE of HULL…

DAY 1 Once out of the ‘industrial’ dock, out of the lock, a much wider view, open waters of The Humber estuary, where we sail alongside the majestic Pride of Hull, due for Rotterdam at 21hrs. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE HUMBER ESTUARY…

DAY 1 Picking up momentum now, cutting through the water, the land gliding past. I just stand and enjoy. It is a beautiful evening, the light is with me. I look up and see these lovely fluffy cotton-woollike clouds, sending smoke signals? Bon voyage, LOL Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE HUMBER BRIDGE…

DAY 1 I love the great expanse of water, such a wide view of space, crossed by the beautiful bridge. The Humber Bridge, near Kingston upon Hull, England, is a 2,220-metre (7,280 ft) single-span suspension bridge, which opened to traffic on 24 June 1981. It was the longest of its type in the world for 17 years and is now the eighth-longest. It spans the Humber (the estuary formed by the rivers Trent and Ouse) between Barton-upon-Humber on the south bank and Hessle on the north bank, connecting the East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. This part of the journey is slow, The Pride of York lies in a more remote dock, and it takes a long time to get through the lock… but, it makes for a good photo opportunity, the air is balmy and people are enjoying everything, un air de vacances! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MIGRATION SOUTH…

DAY 1 The light is slowly fading. Still in the Humber Estuary. For a beautiful moment a skein of geese fly alongside. Already on the trek South? Like us? Twice a year we go South, once in Spring , once end of Summer. Did you know that geese: - eat more than 1-5 pounds of grass per day - average about 5 goslings per year - weigh 20 to 25 pounds - mate for life and will stay together throughout the year - adult geese lose wing feathers during this time and are unable to fly. - geese can fly again approximately 6 weeks after moulting. - generally by August all geese are able to fly. - resident geese do not know how to migrate. - resident geese can fly long distances as their migratory cousins,but generally have learned that it is not necessary. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

IN THE SHIPPING LANE…

DAY 1 In the evening-fading light, I see other big ships ahead of us, on their way out. The whites coloured by the warmth of the sun. There’s such an air of peace, these are golden moments in my life. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

AN ABSTRACT STATE of MIND...

As the ship moves slowly away from the land, I stand on deck. I love this 'special' moment, the melancholy of leaving the familiar and the excitement of the unexpected adventures. It is quite an industrial area where she docked. I scan and see these two cranes, intertwined. Again a more abstract image, a favourite... LOL Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HOME SWEET HOME…

DAY 10 We are safely back home. We came in at 4 this morning, tired and satisfied. It was a real sentimental and photographic journey. I love ‘going’ and I also love ‘returning’, like I said, the temperatures were what most people dream of for their holidays, warm, dry, blue skies… euuhh, not me… I prefer not too hot, sun in and out, some interesting white fluff in the blue. LOL Especially in a city like Brugge, where streets are narrow and the old stone walls retain and radiate the heat! But apart from that, it was fabulous, met family and friends, spent some lovely time together, good food, great memories. I wish you all the very best and thanx for all your kind words, time, comments, likes and faves. Very much appreciated. M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ONE LAST SHOT…

DAY 1 A gold burning sky, as I take one last photo. Time to go and eat something. It was a wonderful and unforgettable experience Pure joy. Tomorrow, when I wake up... I'll be way down South. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A SALUTE HELLO…

DAY 2 After our meal, we go back on deck, we sit on a bench and watch the stars, trying to work out what the lights are in the distance, on shore. The air is still mild. We do get some sleep, but is is quite warm in the cabin even with the airco. Hey, we are on holiday! And in the morning, we eat breakfast, at a window, passing all the windfarms. More activity on the water now, the odd sailing boat in the distance. I’m afraid you will have to use your imagination here, because, I decided: no camera, lol. Eventually we sail into the harbour of Zeebrugge. Again industrial, we are greeted by these huge cranes, HELLO and WELCOME to BELGIUM. 10 0’clock and already IT IS HOT!!! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

OF WINDOWS, PRIDE OF YORK…

DAY 2 Disembarkment is swift, then as we wait for the passport controle, the heat hits us. I look up at the majestic bow, I see the captain’s bridge. and I remember, that time we crossed the Chanel, invited to photograph, all the info, but what I remember most is, do you see the three small windows on the bottom of the bridge? I never noticed them before, yet they are very important, you can stand on them, oooh the thrill, of being so high up, and the spuming bow-wave… way down, well how else would they ’park’ this huge vessel? This is how they see the quayside. Thank you, it was a most pleasant crossing. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A PERSON of INTEREST …

Day 2 Terrible delays at the passport control, only two booths, it is slow going. And as usual in our world today, everybody is in a terrible rush. We all have to be somewhere, presto, the relax is over now, com’on, hurry, we're in our starting blocks, bikers and cars revving. Holidays??? We wait alongside a long queue of bikers and spot this interesting face, I ask myself: why? Of course it is the moustache that attracts my attention and interest LOL Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Brugge THE STREET and BRIDGE...

DAY 2 THE STREET and BRIDGE... A view of the street near the bridge where we stay. Saturday, and we arrive at 10 in the morning in Zeebrugge, the harbour of Brugge, well rested and ready. In 1/2 hr we are in Brugge, and it is HOT!!! There is a heatwave, oops, just my luck... NOT... It is since I was in my teens that I stayed in Brugge for more than 2 consecutive nights. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DID YOU KNOW?

DAY 2 You can go for a tour on one of these Segways? Good-luck on the famous Brugge cobblestones! I spotted this from the window onto the narrow street, in the centre of my beloved Brugge, as they were noisily hobbling along. LOL. The Segway is a two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered electric vehicle invented by Dean Kamen. It is produced by Segway Inc. of New Hampshire. The name Segway is derived from the word segue, meaning smooth transition. It is good to be back, but wow, IT IS SUPER HOT!!! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ONE of SEVENTY BRIDGES…

DAY 2 It is extremely hot, so we take it easy, and make ourselves at home. It was an 18 hour ’enjoyable’ travel. When I walk out of our house, along the Groenerei (Green Quay) I come to The Peerdebrug, from which this view was taken of The Meebrug. The Meebrug is the oldest bridge in Bruges. These two are the oldest, and apparently there are 70 bridges in Brugge. Mee is a plant which’s roots contain a dye in order to dye cloth In the Middle Ages and long after. The mashed root are called madder, Turkish red. The madder (Rubia tinctorum), also whether fellow (see woad ) is a plant belonging to the Rubiaceae (Rubiaceae). Madder was used as raw material for the red dye alizarin. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DAY 4 BRUGGE, The canals and bridges...

We decide to explore this city of canals, little bridges and narrow streets, in depth! I know it so well, from the days I stayed with my grand-parents. Each corner I turn, conjures up a memory. So many, for a brief moment brought back to life again, sometimes it can be a bit bitter-sweet. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ONE of HUNDREDS of MADONNAS…

DAY 2 One of hundreds of street corner Madonnas… On streetcorners, houses, you could spend days photographing nothing but these. They come in all shapes and forms, materials. I thought this one was so well framed by the beautiful leaves of the Parthenocissus, Virginia creeper. An important habitat for insects and small birds. And… Madonnas! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved Madonna, statue, leaves, green, Virginia creeper, Goenerei, Brugge, Belgium, colour, horizontal, Nikon D7200, magda indigo

THE GOTHIC HALL…

DAY 3 On our second day in Brugge, a bit cooler, we go out, and revisit one of my favourite places. Having admired its exterior of the Town Hall, we enter the impressive Gothic Hall and gaze in awe at the polychrome floating ribs of the impressive double wooden vault ceiling. Bruges' City Hall dates from 1376, was built in 55 years, and is one of the oldest in the Netherlands, a fine example, copied by many, like Brussels, Ghent, Leuven. From here, the city has been governed for more than 600 years. This Gothic Hall is an absolute must , a magnificent work of art with its murals from around 1900 and ornamentations. The vault keys contain medallions and four lobes with scenes from the New Testament and of prophets, evangelists and saints. The corbels that support the whole, are decorated with thematic representations of the seasons, months, and natural elements. On the walls are scenes from the history of Bruges painted by artist Albrecht De Vriendt . Like the monumental mantelpiece are these are neo-Gothic additions. Each time I visit this awesome place, I fall silent, the stairs up to the hall are worn by millions of footsteps, including my ancestors, I can’t help but think of my grand-parents, my parents, they got married here, they walked here, they sat in front of the mantelpiece, here at thattable, taking their legal vows, surrounded by their family, in all their finery.. You still get married here today! I sit and dream awhile! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MY SON…

DAY 3 My beautiful son has joined us for the day. We caught up first and then set out to explore Brugge. So we were in The Gothic Hall of The Town Hall of Brugge, I was photographing lovely details I spotted and when I turned around, there he was, in the light, where his ancestors had stood…. my parents, my grand-parents. I told him how they had taken their wedding vows in this magnificent room. It was just another magic moment. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TROBAIRITZ…

DAY 3 This wooden corbel represents a female troubadour in extreme beautiful detail. The trobairitz were the female troubadours, the first female composers of secular music in the Western tradition. The word trobairitz was first used in the 13th-century Romance of Flamenca and its derivation is the same as that of trobaire but in feminine form. The trobairitz were in most respects as varied a lot as their male counterparts, with the general exceptions of their poetic style and their provenance. They wrote predominantly cansos, the love songs, and tensos; a poetical debate which was usually an exchange between two poets, and could be fictional. In architecture a corbel is a structural piece of stone, wood or metal jutting from a wall to carry a superincumbent weight, often very decorative. These here in the Gothic Hall of the City Hall in Brugge, are likely to be Late Gothic corbels and all of which are different. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WHAT WE SEE…

DAY 3 So, in this Gothic Hall of Brugge’s Town Hall, there is much to see, the beauty in the details of which there are many. Here between two windos, a corbel representing one of the 4 elements , this one is: January-June Wonnenmaand = air (Juno pulled by peacocks) Hans Memling (also spelled Memlinc; c. 1430 – 11 August 1494) was a German painter who moved to Flanders and worked in the tradition of Early Netherlandish painting. He spent some time in the Brussels workshop of Rogier van der Weyden, and after van der Weyden's death in 1464, Memling was made a citizen of Bruges, where he became one of the leading artists, painting both portraits and diptychs for personal devotion and several large religious works, continuing the style he learned in his youth. Jan van Eyck (before c. 1390 – 9 July 1441) was an Early Flemish painter active in Bruges and one of the most significant Northern Renaissance artists of the 15th century. He was well paid by Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, who sought that the painter was secure financially and thus had artistic freedom and could paint "whenever he pleased". His work comes from the International Gothic style, but he soon eclipsed it, in part through a greater emphasis on naturalism and realism. Van Eyck utilised a new level of virtuosity, mainly through the use of oil as a medium; the fact that oil dries so slowly allowed him more time and more scope for blending and mixing layers of different pigments. Apart from the Ghent Altarpiece and the illuminated miniatures of the Turin-Milan Hours, about 20 surviving paintings are confidently attributed to him, all dated between 1432 and 1439. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE FOUR SEASONS…

DAY 3 There are 16 corbels in all, representing the months, elements and seasons. Here you have the four seasons. In the four corners. In architecture a corbel is a structural piece of stone, wood or metal jutting from a wall to carry a superincumbent weight, often very decorative. These here in the Gothic Hall of the City Hall in Brugge, are likely to be Late Gothic corbels and all of which are different. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CORBELS EVERYWHERE…

DAY 3 It is a massive vaulted place the town Hall, so corbels everywhere you look. The beauty once more in the details. In architecture a corbel is a structural piece of stone, wood or metal jutting from a wall to carry a superincumbent weight, often very decorative. These here in the Gothic Hall of the City Hall in Brugge, are likely to be Late Gothic corbels and all of which are different. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE LAST KNIGHT…

DAY 3 In the beautiful big entrance hall, this corbel, a Noble Kneeling Knight holding the coat of arms of Brugge, a clawing lion… A stone example. In architecture a corbel is a structural piece of stone, wood or metal jutting from a wall to carry a superincumbent weight, often very decorative. These here in the Gothic Hall of the City Hall in Brugge, are likely to be Late Gothic corbels and all of which are different. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE LANTERN…

DAY 3 On the way down the beautiful stairs to the foyer, I spot this beautiful old light. Now electrically lit, one of the panels opened up to light the candle, now to change the lamp. I am surrounded by beauty. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ANYONE for A COACH-TOUR?

DAY 3 We emerge from the Town Hall, onto The Burg and are greeted by a wall of heat. We decide to have some refreshment on the terrace, I mean, we mustn’t dehydrate! LOL It all of a sudden all comes together, again, that patience you need as a photographer. the coaches, and not one person in the way! I mean this square is mega busy. Sheer luck! The carriages had for some reason gathered there, waiting. A carriage ride through the historic winding streets takes about half an hour. During the ride gives the coachman expert explanation. Many of the drivers are female, and most carry a ‘canotier’, a ‘boater’ is a summer hat. It is normally made of stiff straw. In cooler weather it is a bowler that they wear. Their horses are not working every day: most horses work every four days. Coachdrivers who work the whole week, have about six horses to do the tours. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LA DAME AU CANOTIER…

DAY 3 And they’re off! This coach driver had clients and it looks like it is serious business. She is wearing a ‘canotier’, a ‘boater’ which is made of straw, the boater was and is generally regarded as a warm-weather hat. It is normally made of stiff straw. In cooler weather it is a bowler that they wear. A carriage ride through the historic winding streets takes about half an hour. During the ride the driver gives expert explanation of all the things you see along the way. Their horses are not working every day: most horses work every four days. Coach-drivers who work the whole week, have about six horses to do the tours. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A WARM INVITE…

Day 3 We continue our bit of ‘cultural’ for the day and step into the old, Roman part pof the Holy Blood Chapel. Once inside, I look back and see how heavy the entrance doors are. The thick stone walls are still cool, the lights warm. St Basil’s Chapel is the lower chapel of The Chapel of the Holy Blood . The chapel has little decorative elements but it is the only part of the building that still has its original shape. It is one of the best preserved examples of Romanesque architecture in Bruges. The largest room has three naves, covered by a cross rib vault supported by sturdy pillars. There is a definite mood in there, some quiet music even accentuates that. You do not have to be religious to experience this. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DEEP REFLECTION…

DAY 3 DEEP REFLECTION… The chapel has little decorative elements but it is the only part of the building that still has its original shape. It is one of the best preserved examples of Romanesque architecture in Bruges. The largest room has three naves, covered by a cross rib vault supported by sturdy pillars. There is a definite mood in there, some quiet music even accentuates that. You do not have to be religious to experience this. Places like this invite you to be still, the outer noise all gone, to sit, pause and reflect for a moment… it invites you to do that eh? I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE CHAPEL of The HOLY BLOOD…

DAY 3 We go out and take the stairs up to the upper Chapel, actually a minor Basilica. Legend has it that after the Crucifixion, Joseph of Arimathea wiped blood from the body of Christ and preserved the cloth. The relic remained in the Holy Land until the Second Crusade, when the King of Jerusalem Baldwin III gave it to his brother-in-law, Count of Flanders Diederik van den Elzas. The count arrived with it in Bruges on April 7, 1150 and placed it in a chapel he had built on Burg Square. The upper chapel was originally Romanesque as well, but is now Gothic with mostly modern decoration. It is lit by stained glass windows and covered with murals, including a brightly painted altar backdrop depicting the Trinity and scenes relating to the Holy Blood relic. The pulpit in the form of a globe dates was made in 1728 by Henry Pulinckx. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A MONUMENTAL FIREPLACE…

DAY 3 The lady at reception in the Town Hall informed us that our tickets are also valid in Brugse Vrije, another building on the Burg. It has been years since I visited, Paul and my son never saw it, so… Next to the old Court of Justice lies the renaissance hall called Brugse Vrije (Liberty of Bruges). Located in this former aldermen's chamber of the old Palace of the Brugse Vrije, is the monumental 16th-century Emperor-Charles-fireplace, made of oak wood, alabaster and marble, designed by Lanceloot Blondeel. It is one of the most ostentatious pieces I have ever seen, goes up into the ceiling and the whole wall! From this mansion, erected between 1722 and 1727, Bruges’ rural surroundings were governed. The building functioned as a court of justice between 1795 and 1984. Today the city archives are stored here. They safeguard Bruges’ written memory. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE INKWELLS and the story…

DAY 3 THE INKWELLS and the story… At the end of the 14th century, the Brugse Vrije (Free Region of Bruges) formed part of the County of Flanders, one of the Four Members of Flanders together with Ghent, Bruges, and Ypres. The government of the Brugse Vrije first assembled on Burg Square, where so many civilian, municipal, and ecclesiastical official buildings were. We’re in the alderman’s hall, and Away from the ornate fire-place, there is a massive table, green felt coated, with two ornate brass inkwells, the light is good, I like what I see. I am very intrigued buy the cord and hassle hanging. I go in search of an explanation, nowhere to be found. I go back to a lady in the other room, sitting silently at a desk and ask her, a wry smile, she replies, connected to a bell, to call people to counsel… I thank her and say, ‘only I could not find it anywhere’ only for her to reply, ‘madame, if everything was explained or written there would be no mysteries left……’ I am flabbergasted and on my way out just say over my shoulder, that I know a lot because I have always had a hunger for knowledge. Later, outside I discover the turret that houses the bell. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGGE FACADES…

DAY 3 BRUGGE FACADES… We come out to be hit by a wall of heat. I look up and see clouds gathering above the facades of Brugse Vrije and the Town Hall. Brugse Vrije is a little too ornate for me with that building, but hey… Next-door to The Town Hall is the smaller Renaissance period Old Civil Registry (1537). This was once the Old Court House. Although smaller than its neighbour, it rivals it for beauty, colour and style if not size. The Palace of the Liberty of Bruges was the place from which the surrounding countryside (Brugse Vrije) was governed from the late Middle Ages until 1795 – the “Liberty” was the name of a district of Bruges. This palace later served as the Old Court House for nearly 200 years. Atop the building's large, central dormer stands a bronzed statue of the blindfolded Lady Justice and on either side of Justice, on a pair of smaller dormers, are statues of Moses and Aaron, also in bronze. Cutting through these two landmarks is the colourfully named Blind Donkey Alley (Blinde Ezelstraat), a narrow pedestrian passageway linking Burg Square with theish market. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BLIND DONKEY STREET…

Day 13 A FUN STORY… The Brugge inhabitants are renowned for their sense of humour, and I always feel it is reflected in names of streets, places, houses, shops, and lots of other things! We proceed to the very short Blinde Ezelstraat, the little street jining the Fish-market square and beautiful square: THE BURG. Don’t forget to look up to the lovely arch between City Hall and Old Civil Registry, do you see Solomon? Left of him is the statue of Prosperity, to the right the statue of Peace. According to legend, Blinde Ezelstraat (Blind Donkey Street) owes its name to an old inn… In a document of 1490 named the inn, The Blind Ezele that given to the Registry, a blind donkey. The house in the left-hand corner hugging the Canal used to house a malt mill driven by a donkey as well. In order to preserve the poor animal from the depressing thought that the only thing it had to do was turn endless rounds, And according to the custom of the brewers to blindfold the donkeys that had to step on the treadmill of malting, and thus prevent them from becoming dizzy. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Y 3 BRUGGE, The Belfry and gabled facades.

The heart of the city where I was born. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

PEERDENBRUG over the GROENEREI…

DAY 3 The sky is white with heat, we return home for the car, we’ll flee the city for a cooler place! So, on the way home, another photo of one of the famous bridges. The Peerdenbrug is first mentioned in 1392; it was a wooden bridge already rebuilt in 1431. This bridge was, like the nearby Meebrug an important link between the city and the adjoining suburb, called the "Braamberg". The current stone arch bridge dates back to 1642. In addition to the bridge, along the Groenerei, they built a watering hole for horses. From 1855 was advocated by the residents to remove the watering hole, which happened in 1862. . The Peerdenbrug a humpback bridge. Until recently it was assumed that the Groenerei is not a natural watercourse, but a canal dug by humans to meet a distant watermill. It was dug by the 11th century. According to its current views the Groenerei is indeed a segment of the natural course of the Reie. From 1127 made the Groenerei part of the first city walls of Bruges. Groenerei translates into ‘Green canal’, I see why! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ANOTHER of HUNDREDS of MADONNAS…

DAY 3 I spot yet another of the hundreds of street corner Madonnas… On street-corners, houses, you could spend days photographing nothing but these. They come in all shapes and forms, materials. This one surrounded by a different creeper. An important habitat for insects and small birds. And… Madonnas! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ROW upon ROW…

DAY 3 Trees everywhere, majestic Elms and tall Poplars. The flat landscape needed these ‘wind-stoppers’. One of our all-time favourite places. we spent many happy hours there. It is a Zen place. The Damse Vaart was dug on command of Napoleon (start in 1810).  This is why it is sometimes also referred to as the Napoleon-channel.  The digging was done by Spanish prisoners of war, "descendants" of the soldiers that ruled in the Netherlands not so long before.  This channel was intended to be a part of a network of canals alongside the coast.  This would enable the French army to move around much faster and to transport supplies much more rapidly since the French marine was not match for the English navy.  The "Damse Vaart" was supposed to connect Bruges with the Schelde, but that was never accomplished because of the loss of Napoleon in battle. In the middle of the 19th century, the Leopoldcanal and the Schipdonkcanal were dug.  They stream next to each other on the territory of Damme and cross the Damse Vaart between Damme and Oostkerke.  In order to make the Damse Vaart pass the other two canals, a system of siphons was used where the two canals passed under the Damse Vaart.  A UNIQUE landscape that just goes on and on and on... A photographer's paradise! Only when I come home do I see the strange division that occurred in this image! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DIVIDED WE STAND…

Day 3 So, we flee the city in search of some coolness. Hope to find it along the canals of Damme, under that canopy of trees. Trees everywhere, majestic Elms and tall Poplars. The flat landscape needed these ‘wind-stoppers’. One of our all-time favourite places. we spent many happy hours there. It is a Zen place. The Damse Vaart was dug on command of Napoleon (start in 1810).  This is why it is sometimes also referred to as the Napoleon-channel.  The digging was done by Spanish prisoners of war, "descendants" of the soldiers that ruled in the Netherlands not so long before.  This channel was intended to be a part of a network of canals alongside the coast.  This would enable the French army to move around much faster and to transport supplies much more rapidly since the French marine was not match for the English navy.  The "Damse Vaart" was supposed to connect Bruges with the Schelde, but that was never accomplished because of the loss of Napoleon in battle. In the middle of the 19th century, the Leopoldcanal and the Schipdonkcanal were dug.  They stream next to each other on the territory of Damme and cross the Damse Vaart between Damme and Oostkerke.  In order to make the Damse Vaart pass the other two canals, a system of siphons was used where the two canals passed under the Damse Vaart.  A UNIQUE landscape that just goes on and on and on... A photographer's paradise! Only when I come home do I see the strange division that occurred in this image! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE BEND…

DAY 3 I was always under the (false) impression that these canals were straight? But no, here’s a bend that leads to the siphons. Lined by trees, majestic Elms and tall Poplars. The flat landscape needed these ‘wind-stoppers’. The Damse Vaart was dug on command of Napoleon (start in 1810).  This is why it is sometimes also referred to as the Napoleon-channel.  The digging was done by Spanish prisoners of war, "descendants" of the soldiers that ruled in the Netherlands not so long before.  This channel was intended to be a part of a network of canals alongside the coast.  This would enable the French army to move around much faster and to transport supplies much more rapidly since the French marine was not match for the English navy.  The "Damse Vaart" was supposed to connect Bruges with the Schelde, but that was never accomplished because of the loss of Napoleon in battle. In the middle of the 19th century, the Leopoldcanal and the Schipdonkcanal were dug.  They stream next to each other on the territory of Damme and cross the Damse Vaart between Damme and Oostkerke.  In order to make the Damse Vaart pass the other two canals, a system of siphons was used where the two canals passed under the Damse Vaart.  Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

NATURE’S CATHEDRAL…

DAY 3 We relax under the rustling canopy of leaves. It is a Zen place. These canals are lined by trees, majestic Elms and tall Poplars. The flat lands needed these ‘wind-stoppers’. The Damse Vaart was dug on command of Napoleon (start in 1810).  This is why it is sometimes also referred to as the Napoleon-channel.  The digging was done by Spanish prisoners of war, "descendants" of the soldiers that ruled in the Netherlands not so long before.  This channel was intended to be a part of a network of canals alongside the coast.  This would enable the French army to move around much faster and to transport supplies much more rapidly since the French marine was not match for the English navy.  The "Damse Vaart" was supposed to connect Bruges with the Schelde, but that was never accomplished because of the loss of Napoleon in battle. In the middle of the 19th century, the Leopoldcanal and the Schipdonkcanal were dug.  They stream next to each other on the territory of Damme and cross the Damse Vaart between Damme and Oostkerke.  In order to make the Damse Vaart pass the other two canals, a system of siphons was used where the two canals passed under the Damse Vaart.  Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER BRIDGE… BRUGGE

DAY 4 ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER BRIDGE… BRUGGE We have come, because we want to explore Brugge… fully! I want to revisit places I haven’t seen since I was very young, I want to show Paul, I’m chasing memories. Often when we came to Brugge, it was with someone, so as you do, you show them parts they ‘have’ to see, and in the meantime, you ‘miss’ the bits you ‘want’ to see? LOL The lesser know Brugge! So, we set out, view from the Groenerei onto the Molenbrug. Somewhere in the distant past… there was a mill (molen) close by, hence the name. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A DIFFERENT ANGLE… BRUGGE

DAY 4 yet another view of the PEERDENBRUG, taken from the end of the GROENEREI… The Peerdenbrug is first mentioned in 1392; it was a wooden bridge already rebuilt in 1431. The current stone arch bridge dates back to 1642. In addition to the bridge, along the Groenerei, they built a watering hole for horses. From 1855 was advocated by the residents to remove the watering hole, which happened in 1862. . The Peerdenbrug a humpback bridge. Until recently it was assumed that the Groenerei is not a natural watercourse, but a canal dug by humans to meet a distant watermill. It was dug by the 11th century. According to its current views the Groenerei is indeed a segment of the natural course of the Reie. From 1127 made the Groenerei part of the first city walls of Bruges. Groenerei translates into ‘Green canal’, I see why! The majestic Halletoren , Belfry, is towering over Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

STRICTLY DANCE….

DAY 4 it often pays to look up too! I spot this couple dancing, totally engrossed in each other… during the day? LOL Brugge, humour… Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

I SPY…

DAY 4 Always looking for the weird and wonderful, it is a type of spying… I saw, way up, this little gnome, hand over ears, it struck me, less, as weird and wonderful… abstract, the reflection of sky in the window: a bonus! The other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HEAVY TRAFFIC… in BRUGGE

DAY 4 well, a warm day, perfect to see Brugge from the water, so many boats on the canals… here the Saint Anna-rei. On the right the Verversdijk with in the background we see the 19th century stepped gable of a former chicory factory, demolished in 1976. The St. Anne Bridge, was built in 1975 to replace an iron swing bridge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WINDOW TO THE SKY and THE JERUSALEM CHURCH

DAY 4 Next to the church, a gable with a window… to the sky? For any visitor to Bruges, the Jerusalem Church is off the beaten track. It is in an old working-class district, with low brick cottages surrounding a substantial complex of buildings that originally belonged to the wealthy Adornes family, who migrated here from Genoa in the thirteenth century. The Jerusalem Church (Jeruzalemkerk) in Bruges is a unique chapel built in 1428 by a rich pilgrim, Anselm Adornes who had returned from Jerusalem. There were many notable guests of the time, such as the King of Scotland, the Lords of Gruuthuse and the Dukes of Burgundy. Modelled on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, it includes a round tower, a macabre altar featuring skulls and ladders, and a replica of Christ's tomb. The exterior of the chapel is dominated by an octagonal tower, which is topped with a Cross of Jerusalem, to commemorate the trip to Jerusalem and Mount Sinai that Anselm and his son undertook in 1470. The two turrets are crowned, one with the sun, the other with the moon, somewhat echoing the two different towers of Chartres cathedral, which also represent the sun and the moon. More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE JERUSALEM CHURCH…

DAY 4 Off the beaten tourist track in the Venice of the North – Bruges – stands a chapel, commonly known as the Jerusalem Church. In the early part of the 15th century, the Italian Renaissance brought great benefits to Bruges, which saw the arrival of Florentine bankers like the Portinari family, the local representatives of the powerful de Medici family. The Adornes prospered in their role of middlemen, as they traded in the wool from Scotland that arrived and which was enriched into the luxury products that were sold in the Italian cities. It is why Bruges became known as the Venice of the North, even though it was largely ruled by merchants from Florence, not Venice. With its increase in wealth and the new breeze that was the Renaissance blowing over the city’s canals, the Adornes family decided upon the construction of a new chapel in front of their home, to replace a wooden chapel that had become derelict. A Papal Bull of Martinus V, dated May 12, 1427, detailed the pope’s consent. Size-wise, the new construction would remain small: a nave with a central tomb, with a small crypt at ground level, with two steep stairs leading to the choir that was placed at a mezzanine level. It is separated from the rest of the chapel with a metal separation and two oak wooden little doors, that have been dated to 1484. Such two level chapels were quite common, although I have never seen it anywhere else. (info Philippe Coppens) More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

JERUSALEM CHURCH INTERIOR…

DAY 4 The Jerusalem Church, in truth, the entire interior of the church is rife with references to Jerusalem and the death of Christ. The main altar is weighed down by three enormous crosses, representing Golgotha. On the altar itself are depictions of skulls – Golgotha translates as Place of the Skull – as well as ladders, bones, whips, the crown of thorns, nails, hammers, even dice – as the Roman soldiers were said to have been gambling while the Lord was dying behind them on the Cross. The various instruments of the Passion have been depicted on the altar as if chaotically heaped together. A nave with a central tomb, with a small crypt at ground level, with two steep stairs leading to the choir that was placed at a mezzanine level. It is separated from the rest of the chapel with a metal separation and two oak wooden little doors, that have been dated to 1484. Such two level chapels were quite common, although I have never seen it anywhere else. (info Philippe Coppens) More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

JERUSALEM CHURCH, THE CRYPT…

DAY 4 Behind the altar is the crypt, at the back of which is a very low entrance into what is a representation of the Holy Sepulchre, in which the body of the dead Christ was placed. It is this feature – quite unique in Flanders and more in vogue in Mediterranean countries, thus betraying the country of origin of the Adornes family – that gave the church its name, whether or not its floor plan is conform to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

JERUSALEM CHURCH, DOWNSTAIRS

DAY 4 JERUSALEM CHURCH, DOWNSTAIRS While in Scotland, in 1483, Anselm Adornes was killed in a battle near the town of North Berwick. He was buried in Linlithgow, inside St Michael’s Church, but his heart was placed in a leaden box and brought back to Bruges, where it was placed next to his wife, inside the central mausoleum. Decoration wise, the chapel has remarkable stained glass windows, which alas “only” date from the 16th century. They represent members of the family, each accompanied by their patron saint. The walls are graced with two triptychs from the 15th century: one is a Madonna with St Catherine and St Barbara, the other a Christ on the Cross with Jean de la Coste Adornes, his wife Catharina Metteneye and their sons and daughters. Though it is often the small room in which the body of the dead Christ is placed that is believed to have earned it the name of Jerusalem Church, in truth, the entire interior of the church is rife with references to Jerusalem and the death of Christ. (info Philippe Coppens) Such two level chapels were quite common, although I have never seen it anywhere else, the most extraordinary church I ever saw! More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

JERUSALEM CHURCH, the VAULTS…

DAY 4 Of course we climb the stairs up to the mezzanine, only to find the ancient doors closed. Now, I know that way up, in the tower there is a beautiful vaulted ceiling, which I so wanted to photograph! So, what can you do? Chance it, put your camera in, face it up, try to angle it correctly and take a few, hoping that one will be ‘IT’! LOL So this is my ‘IT’ The Adornes family had a hand in many pies: local Bruges politics, Scottish interests, links with noble orders with ties to Jerusalem and, who knows, perhaps much more, for despite their local prominence, much of the Adornes family history remains obscure. Unexplained, for example, is a “treasure” of the Jerusalem Church: a silver cross, said to contain a piece of the wood of the True Cross. How the family would have gotten such a precious relic in its possession, is a good question. Why it is so little-known, or hardly worshipped at all, is an even bigger question. In fact, so little pomp and attention is given to this relic that one might almost conclude that its origins could not easily be explained and that it might perhaps be the real deal? Not necessarily that one could ever prove it is a piece of the real cross, but that some organisation strongly believed as much, and that only very few families were privileged enough to own such a relic. And it would explain why the Adornes family constructed a chapel that would have, as theme, the Holy Sepulchre and whose interior would be dominated by three gigantic crosses, the central one symbolising the True Cross. Only the future will tell. For the moment, the chapel remains largely the obscure twin to the more illustrious Holy Blood Chapel in the centre of the city. In the much quieter St Anne quarter, the remains of Anselm and his wife lie facing Golgotha, while nearby lies the body of the dead Christ and a relic said to be of the True Cross. Though we could perhaps call it the Jerusalem of the North, somehow, the question needs to be asked whether some people back then were not shaping Bruges into a New Jerusalem. (info Philippe Coppens) The most extraordinary church I ever saw! More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE ALMSHOUSES…

DAY 4 The compound of the Adornes Domain also features twelve almshouses (Godshuizen) for poor women provided for in Anselm Adornes' will. They are adjacent behind the Jerusalem church. Six of these houses still are existing, view here on the left. Also. it looked and felt like they were still the original cobblestones! More of the other Brugge.Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

OF NARROW BACK-ALLIES…

DAY 4 This is the Strostraat (translation: Strawstreet), A narrow alley, since the Middle-ages-> a street, yes this is Brugge! A bridge over the St. Annarei, the canal this is heading to, was mentioned already in 1305 the Strobrucghe. The origin of the name is doubtful. It could have had something to do with straw, for example, if there was a storage place for hay and straw in the periphery. It is not excluded that the Straw family here could serve as origin. The name was known in Bruges and maybe a ’Straw’ lived near the bridge or in the street. The Strostraat runs from the St. Annarei to Jerusalem Street. Typical Brugge, cobblestones, leaning old walls, narrow, it does take you back , strange feeling… Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

VENICE of THE NORTH…

DAY 4 Canal after canal, bridge after bridge we walk… This is the Gouden Hand Rei, ( Golden hand) and de Torenbrug, a lesser known place, out of the centre, where you meet less tourists! ‘Tower’ Bridge is a bridge across the Golden-Handrei and Augustijnenrei in Bruges . The origin of the name is the Spanish family of merchants de la Torre. A rich family of Spanish origin mentioned in connection with the bridge; 1331: the Brugghe Daer Jan van den Torre; 1340: an die vor Brughe John van den Thorre. It is true that the name then covered the bridge that is now the Golden-Hand Bridge, particularly the bridge that allows passage over the water where the Golden-Handrei flows into the Langerei . They named that bridge not the Torre Bridge, they just said the bridge next to the house of de la Torre… Gold-Handrei is part of the first city walls and, together with the Smedenrei the Speelmansrei and Augustijnenrei dug in 1127-1128. In 1270 the Golden-Handrei was, along with the other inner canals , deepened to make shipping possible. More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

The LEGEND of the GOLDEN HAND…

DAY 4 The people of Brugge are know for their sense of detail, ornaments and humour. I noticed this above a door, and was curious why all the ‘Golden hand’ in that area? So here is the legend! Long ago, when the Gold-Handrei was still called St. Gillisreitje, the water of the Bruges canals was so pure that it was swarming with fish. Perch, bream, pike, carp, roach, white bream and eel. You only had a net or throw out a line and a few minutes later you already caught a fish. But, and this was common knowledge, eel you better stay away from. Eel has something of a snake. In addition, it only emerges at night. It has to be possessed by the devil. There was an unwritten rule prohibiting fishing for eels. Now there was a man, it is said that he came from Lissewege, who wasn’t worried about laws and traditions. One evening he laid a trap in St. Gillisreitje. The next morning, his eyes sparkled with pleasure at the sight of so many delicious fish. Since his wife would make a nice meal of it. For a few days they would not have hungry stomachs. But to his surprise he saw a beautiful, golden yellow eel amongst black ones. Curious, he pulled the trap a little higher to lift the eel out of water. Until suddenly a strong, golden hand rose from the water. Who grabbed the man by his ankle and dragged him into the water. Never has anyone heard from the poor guy, and since then they call the inhabitants of Lissewege rather mockingly "eel catchers." It was as if the devil himself wanted to warn fishermen no more fishing for eels. Impossible, because since that day all eel disappeared from the canals and they never returned. The bridge, since then is called the Golden-Hand Bridge over the Golden-Handrei. More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

The BLUE DOOR…

DAY 4 and, the inevitable and beautiful Madonna and child. The College campus of the Europa College and its halls of residence are situated in the centre of Bruges. In order to maintain a close proximity, the College has a policy of acquiring suitable buildings and of renovating them to an equal standard of comfort. Gouden Handrei This beautiful Bruges style house dates back to the 17th century and is a listed monument. Now Europa College. During the 2005-2006 academic year it was renovated and provides 48 spacious rooms with private bathrooms. The Gouden Hand student bar which is situated in the cellar is the place where students have been gathering for years. The building has been a backdrop for many films and documentaries. On the Torenbrug, Bridge over the Golden-Handrei. More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE AUGUSTIJNENBRUG…

DAY 4 We continue as the canals change names after each bridge. I love the reflections on the green water. This is a different bridge,the Augustijnenbrug. The name comes from the Augustinian monks who settled in the second half of the thirteenth century on the Augustijnenrei. In 1294 given the Augustinians of the city's permission for their religious right to build a bridge over the rei. They must do this at their own expense. The current bridge dates from 1391 and was built by the Bruges master mason Jan van Oudenaarde († 1412). In 1396 Jan van Oudenaarde was charged with providing two stages of the Augustine bridge. In 1937 the bridge partly re-maconed and strengthened. In 1984 the bridge was again restored to the design of the Bruges Studiebureau Verschave. The Augustine Bridge is a triple arched bridge. The facing stone built of regular cut stone blocks, probably Tournai limestone, bluestone using the keystones of the arches and the wrappers. The middle stone between the arches are reinforced with buttresses. At the height of the road surface, there is a profiled, bluestone water table on both sides of the parapet. On the west side bridge and two on the east side one brick flare. On the inner side of the ramparts are made stone benches. The road surface of the bridge is cobbled. More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SPAANSE LOSKAAI…

DAY 4 Standing on the Augustijnenbrug, I look back and see the lovely reflections zigzagging on the water. From the 13th to the 15th century, Bruges was an important trading centre at the crossroads between the Hansa cities of Scandinavia, England and Germany (known collectively in those days as the 'Easterners’) and the most important commercial regions in France, Spain and Italy. The Spanish traders established themselves at Spaanse Loskaai (Spanish Unloading Quay). Numerous foreign merchants were welcomed in Bruges, such as the Castilian wool merchants who first arrived in the 13th century. After the Castilian wool monopoly ended, the Basques, many hailing from Bilbao (Biscay), thrived as merchants (wool, iron commodities, etc.) and established their own commercial consulate in Bruges by the mid-15th century. During the 15th century the Zwin, the waterway linking Bruges to the sea, silted up. Despite attempts to build another canal, the city’s economic lifeline was gone. When the headquarters of the Hanseatic League moved from Bruges to Antwerp at the end of the 15th century, many merchants followed, leaving abandoned houses, deserted streets and empty canals. Bruges, a former hub of Europe, slept for 400 years. More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SPOT THE WINDOWS…

DAY 4 A house, a wall, windows and a curtain of Ivy along the canal. It drapes onto the green water. More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ON OLD WALLS…

DAY 4 we walk a little further, another old wall, along the canal of the Augustijnenbrug, covers with vibrant Flamenco Trumpet Vine or Campsis radicans 'Flamenco' Like the species, this vigorous, hardy climber has clusters of rich red trumpet-shaped flowers in late summer and excellent for covering walls, stumps or rock work. An irresistible invitation for a photograph! More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WHAT’S the TIME???

DAY 4 Alice in Wonderland? Walking on, I discover all kinds of weird things, here a garden, again along the canal where they seem to collect alarm-clocks! Surreal! More of the other Brugge. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

OIL&VINEGAR…

DAY 4 OIL&VINEGAR… back in the busy, commercial streets, I find the shop I’m looking for. One of my favourites. Not only am I creative with photography but also in the kitchen. I love to experiment, I love salads so I need oils and vinegars. Here you can taste all kinds of specialties, tapenade and other spreads One of the top ones is Champagne vinegar and Chardonnay vinegar not easy to find. But at Oil&Vinegar, THEY have it! Here you can also fill your bottle, in the size you want. A wall of different oils and vinegars, so well presented, wow I’m in heaven, lol. Taking home some goodies! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LEFFE BLONDE…

DAY 4 We arrive back on the market of Brugge, and need some more refreshment. Choose one of the many inviting terraces. A few table removed I spot an Oriental family enjoying a proper Belgian beer, Leffe. They come from all over the world to sample the beer of Belgium! Dripping cool, on draught, they slowly savour it. I photograph it. There are several beers in the range, and they are marketed as Abbey beers. The abbey of Leffe was founded in 1152 on the Meuse River in the province of Namur in southern Belgium. Like many monasteries across Europe, the Premonstratensian (Norbertine) canons of the abbey brewed ale, starting in 1240. Using knowledge passed from generation to generation and ingredients found in the wild near the abbey, the canons developed a unique ale with a subtle taste and high alcohol content, brewed only at the abbey. Now all Leffe brands are brewed at the Stella Artois brewery in Leuven. There are 9 different Leffe beers. Leffe Blond contains 6.6% alcohol and is best served at 5-6°C in a beer chalice, which will allow all the flavours to come through. SANTE!Cheers… Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

IN THE SHADOW of the BELFRY…

DAY 4 yes, the heatwave still on, so we sit, in the shadow of the Belfry, the Halletoren, on the market in Brugge, having some refreshment. I look up and see this, an extreme angle, but I like it. The belfry was added to the market square around 1240, when Bruges was prospering as an important centre of the Flemish cloth industry. After a devastating fire in 1280, the tower was largely rebuilt. The city archives, however, were forever lost to the flames. The octagonal upper stage of the belfry was added between 1483 and 1487, and capped with a wooden spire bearing an image of Saint Michael, banner in hand and dragon underfoot. The spire did not last long: a lightning strike in 1493 reduced it to ashes, and destroyed the bells as well. A wooden spire crowned the summit again for some two-and-a-half centuries, before it, too, fell victim to flames in 1741. The spire was never replaced again, thus making the current height of the building somewhat lower than in the past; but an openwork stone parapet in Gothic style was added to the rooftop in 1822. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE HALLEN…

DAY 4 relaxing on a terrace in the shadow of the Belfry, on the market, we notice great activity in and out of the right ‘Hall’ paintings and sculptures being removed from the exhibitor that was held there. We walk over and ask if we can step inside to have a look? It is near empty, a few are still cleaning up, the lights are on! WOW. I remember, how my grand-mother used to ‘drag’ me along on a Saturday morning when there was still market in these beautiful halls. She went to the ‘Butter-hall’, which was the hall on the other side, where farmers came with their dairy products. She loved Boereboter (farm butter) for everything, and always went the same woman, they would have their weekly chat and I would get bored… Later, I remember dancing at a ball, the halls filled with music, dancing, laughter and beer, aaah… More memories. Medieval remains in the city include the old Market Halls (13th–15th century), to the sides and back of the Belfry-tower stands a rectangular building only 44 m broad but 84 m deep, with an inner courtyard. The belfry, accordingly, is also known as the Halletoren (tower of the halls). Now tete awesome spaces only get used for the occasional exhibition. We were lucky!!! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

REFLECTIONS…

DAY 4 I spot the sunny reflections in the windows of the beautiful row of houses, on the shadow-side of the market of Brugge. Some things change, some things remain. I see the book shop, still the same, where my father would take me, put me in front of the correct section of books for me to choose, while he had a chat with his friends, the owners. Sweet memories. I am still a reader, Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HEY, LISTEN…

DAY 4 The horses and carriages are resting on the market. The Coachmen take advantage to do various activities, as you will see. Some get together for a chat, like these two here. She is wearing a ‘canotier’, a ‘boater’ which is made of straw, the boater was and is generally regarded as a warm-weather hat. It is normally made of stiff straw. In cooler weather it is a bowler that they wear, like he does here! To take a romantic trip through the heart of Bruges along the canals, over the typical small bridges on the rhythm of the hooves of the horse, one of the most famous sounds of Bruges. I often had a good opportunity to observe how well the horses were cared for in the special 'stop'. Halfway through each ride horses make a stop and the horses are fed, they get water and a rest. that is at the Beguinage. Some coachmen work every day, others work only two days a week for tours. Their horses are not working every day: most horses work every four days. Some coachmen work the whole week, with often six horses to do the work or the tours. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE BREAK…

DAY 4 The horses and coach drivers take a break on the market in Brugge. Set against one of the most famous row of colourful and typical gables. The Coachmen take advantage to do various activities, as you will see. Some get together for a chat, some chack their phones, others check their gear, a few read… This is all after taking care of their horses! They come first. I observed how well the horses were cared for in the special 'stop'. Halfway through each ride horses make a stop and the horses are fed, they get water and a rest. That is at the Beguinage and then here, on the market. Some coachmen work every day, others work only two days a week for tours. Their horses are not working every day: most horses work every four days. Some coachmen work the whole week, with often six horses to do the work or the tours. She is wearing a ‘canotier’, a ‘boater’ which is made of straw, the boater was and is generally regarded as a warm-weather hat. It is normally made of stiff straw. In cooler weather it is a bowler that they wear. To take a romantic trip through the heart of Bruges along the canals, over the typical small bridges, on the rhythm of the hooves of the horse, one of the most famous sounds of Bruges. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LOST TO THE WORLD…

DAY 4 The horses and coach drivers take a break on the market in Brugge. A closer look. Amongst the hustle and bustle of all the tourism on the market, to see her sitting there, this young coach driver was completely absorbed in her book, lost to the world around her. The Coachmen take advantage to do various activities, as you will see. Some get together for a chat, some check their phones, others check their gear, a few read… This is all after taking care of their horses! They come first. I observed how well the horses were cared for in the special 'stop'. Halfway through each ride horses make a stop and the horses are fed, they get water and a rest. That is at the Beguinage and then here, on the market. Some coachmen work every day, others work only two days a week for tours. Their horses are not working every day: most horses work every four days. Some coachmen work the whole week, with often six horses to do the work or the tours. She is wearing a ‘canotier’, a ‘boater’ which is made of straw, the boater was and is generally regarded as a warm-weather hat. It is normally made of stiff straw. In cooler weather it is a bowler that they wear. To take a romantic trip through the heart of Bruges along the canals, over the typical small bridges, on the rhythm of the hooves of the horse, one of the most famous sounds of Bruges. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE UNLIKELY READING COACHMAN…

DAY 4 At the end of the resting row of horses, carriages and coach drivers, I spot an other reader. No hat, he doesn’t look like a coachman? Then I ask myself, what does a coachman look like? I have seen plenty, and this one is the odd one out, more the arty or professor type? LOL Amongst the hustle and bustle of all the tourism on the market, he is sitting there again, completely absorbed in his newspaper, lost to the world around him. The Coachmen take advantage to do various activities, as you see. Some get together for a chat, some check their phones, others check their gear, a few read… This is all after taking care of their horses! They come first. I observed how well the horses were cared for in the special 'stop'. Halfway through each ride horses make a stop and the horses are fed, they get water and a rest. That is at the Beguinage and then here, on the market. Some coachmen work every day, others work only two days a week for tours. Their horses are not working every day: most horses work every four days. Some coachmen work the whole week, with often six horses to do the work or the tours. To take a romantic trip through the heart of Bruges along the canals, over the typical small bridges, on the rhythm of the hooves of the horse, one of the most famous sounds of Bruges. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGES LACE…

DAY 4 once more, memories, my family all being from Brugge, my paternal grand-mother and my sister, had lace making as their passionate hobby! Had the schooling. I remember winding the bobbins! I remember how important the patterns were, some kept secretly.Just another facet of Brugge’s fame is its beautiful lace. BRUGES made bobbin lace in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, and the name of Bruges is given to a lace of a scrolling character. From the end of Middle Ages Flanders maintained an active exchange between the Low Countries and the great centres of Italian art, so it was not unnatural that at the close of the sixteenth century lace was known and made in Flanders. Spinning flax threads and weaving fine textiles is closely associated with the early commercial history of Flanders, and when the progress of manufactures was endangered by the religious persecutions of the sixteenth century, the linen trade alone is said to have upheld itself, and to have saved the country from ruin. The fineness of the thread used especially is important. These date from about 1630 to 1660. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

UP UP and AWAY

DAY 4 IT WAS A LONG DAY… On our way home, I spot a hot-air balloon, gently floating through the sky, above the city. Must be quite a spectacular view! In the last sunlight of the evening. We are to download our images and look at our catch of the day. And go to sleep with a smile! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FIFTY SHADES OF RED…

DAY 5 And we’re off again! One of the first things I spot is this terracotta madonna with lantern, rather unusual,set against red brick. One of hundreds of Madonnas and child… On street-corners, houses, you could spend days photographing nothing but these. They come in all shapes and forms, materials. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MODERN MADONNA…

DAY 5 and then, suddenly, what a surprise! This Madonna must be a modern replacement. On the corner of a street. the old foot stand, completely different to all others. One of hundreds of Madonnas and child… On street-corners, houses, you could spend days photographing nothing but these. They come in all shapes and forms, materials. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

PURPLE RAIN…

DAY 5 A house in BRUGGE… COLOUR CO-ORDINATED with the plants! The Wisteria still has some purple blooms pending although it is late Summer now. All purple, very attractive! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WISTERIA in BRUGGE…

DAY 5 A detail of the trailing Wisteria on the ‘purple house’. Could it be that I have withdrawal symptoms already? Starting to take flower photos? LOL Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BOTTLE BRUSHES…

DAY 5 It is a very hot day once more, we saunter through the narrow streets, the stones radiate the days of heat. We end up at the Simon Stevens place where we relax on a terrace, in the shade. I see a shop that I remember: Dille & Camille. They sell everything kitchen, natural and some ‘forgotten stuff’. A proper attraction for me, one of my favourite kind of shops. These bottle brushes make me smile, this is from my youth! Long handled brushes with rows of radial bristles, designed to fit into small mouthed bottles and access the larger interior. The things you encounter… Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BASKETS ANYONE?

DAY 5 Still at ‘Dille & Camille’ Where they sell everything kitchen, natural and some ‘forgotten stuff’. A real attraction for me, one of my favourite kind of shops. They sell baskets, LOTS of them… I find them very photogenic. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GRAND ENTRANCE to GRUUTHUSE…

Day 5 Massive renovations are going on still, so for a number of years now, I have not been able to visit it. The reopening is planned early 2018. Presumably in the 13th century, a rich family from Bruges received the monopoly to levy taxes on gruit. Great (alternately grut or gruyt) is an old-fashioned herb mixture used for bittering and flavouring beer, popular before the extensive use of hops. They built a storage for it. The building was changed in the early fifteenth century by Jan IV van der Aa to a luxury house for his family, which subsequently changes its name to "Van Gruuthuse" ("From the Gruit house"). His son Louis de Gruuthuse adds a second wing to the house, and in 1472 a chapel. This connects the house to the adjacent Church of Our Lady, Bruges.[1] In 1596, the house is bought by king Philip II of Spain and in 1623 given to Wenceslas Cobergher to house the Bruges mount of piety. The city of Bruges bought the house in 1875, and architect Louis Delacenserie completely restored it between 1883 and 1895. The exterior is partly original, partly a reconstruction; the interior is mostly a late 19th century Neogothical reconstruction of a medieval interior. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WINDOWS…

DAY 5 probably the most photographed in Brugge, along the ‘canal route’, alongside The Dijver. It’s been like that for years now. and people seem to love the quirkiness so they photograph it, as I did! LOL I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FEMININITY…

DAY 5 This lady sits in solitude, all the fun bits in her hair attract my attention, plus the fact that, although it is very warm, she is wearing a black, heavy coat. As I press the shutter…… a puff of smoke appears next to her head. We ALL have a story! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

EVENING IN BRUGGE…

DAY 5 we walk in the welcome shade of the tall trees of the Dijver. Dijver is the canal and a street in the historic center of Bruges It runs from the Gruuthuse Bridge to the Rozenhoedkaai and Huidenvettersplein. Dijver is part of the course of the original river Reie and is spanned by the Gruuthuse Bridge and John Nepomucenusbrug. Still people are filling up the boats to tour and view Brugge! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE WEEPING BEECH…

DAY 5 A WEEPING BEECH… This must be the most photographed tree in Brugge. Hanging like a Tantalus above the still water. I’m pretty sure it is a weeping Beech, could not find any info, I would have love knowing how old it is. View towards the corner of the Rozenhoedkaai, again in evening light. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TANNER’S GUILD HOUSE…

DAY 5 HUIDEVETTERSHUIS, it was already in 1302 was this pleasant place was known as the 'hudewettersdam' where the tanners gathered ... The tanners were members of the wealthy and influential ‘guild of tanners’. They lived not only in the largest house in the square, but they also had the use of the entire square until the 15th century. Previously, the two entrances to the square were closed by two solid doors. The blazon (coat of arms) is still located in the middle of the square: two lions and scales that served to weigh the sheets. The guildhall of the tanners dates from 1450. It was rebuilt to its current form in 1680. It is now a restaurant. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE BEAUTIFUL REFLECTIONS…

DAY 5 We had a lovely meal with my friend of 46 years! It was good to talk and reacquaint. The evening was balmy, and we took a stroll through the now lit up city, before settling on a terrace again, on the Rozenhoedkaai. So very familiar to us. The beautiful reflections never tired of… I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FRIENDS…

DAY 5 Not many are friends THAT long nowadays, 46 years, people move more, then loose sight. Not here, we live in different countries but always see each other when we can. This was after the meal, a relaxed moment in the balmy night, on one of the most iconic places in Brugge, the Rozenhoedkaai. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MORE FRIENDS…

DAY 6 We drive to the southern part of Flanders, towards France, the ‘Bowl’ formed by the river Isere, scene to so much fighting during the first WW. We are meeting friends for the day. First exchange of presents, a book of my latest flowers, which delights them. They appreciate it so very much. After that, we set off to Ieper, for a meal and a visit to the exhibition Flanders’ Fields… I do not take many photo’s, it is either socialising or photographing, I find it difficult (impolite?) to mix them. So, Ieper, on the big market place, walking along, I pass a shop with this window display. They are still having the (unusual) heatwave, so this is a bit incongruous. But I like it. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

IEPER, POPPY…

DAY 4 After a pleasant meal in one of the many restaurants, we visit the Flanders’ Fields Museum, dedicated to the first WW. In the beautiful Hallen, fully restored after its complete demolition. The images are there. It is busy, very well done, but NOT my thing, and as we continue, I become more and more uneasy, I see that Paul and our friends are also passing everything faster now, we gather and decide we’ve seen enough. We head to the ground floor for the cafeteria, and reminisce! Everywhere there are ceramic ‘ART’ giant poppies, also in the shop, where my friend buys me an umbrella, uhh, with poppy, of course. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved Ieper, giant, poppy, display, ceramic, Belgium, Flanders, horizontal,colour, Nikon D7200, magda indigo

ARCHITECT or BUILDER…

DAY 6 On our way to another exhibition, I spot this in the facade of a house. A bas-relief in terracotta, trying to figure out what it represents, a building-master with his planner? All in good old Flemish bricks! LOL I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

OF FLANDERS and ANTIQUITIES..

DAY 6 We decide to have a drive through that part of Flanders, South and close to the boded of North France. what a Plat pays, it does my eyes good to see it again. As it is a hot and thirsty weather, we end up in a tiny village, Houtem. Turns out my friend knows the owner of ’t Klein Plezier (The small Pleasure), the village pub. Quite a character, as is his establishment, full of antiquities. I spot this gorgeous pulley lamp. Before the simple flick of a switch, pulleys were used so the lamps could be lowered, lit, then raised up high again for general lighting. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

IN A DARK CORNER…

DAY 6 Of ’t Klein Plezier (The small Pleasure, LOL), in Houtem, Flanders, where antiques were lovingly collected over the years, I spot this lamp. I can’t help but wonder, where has it hung, what house has it lit up before and how did it end up here, in this remote corner of Belgium, almost France? I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DE MOEREN…

DAY 6 De Moeren is a reclaimed land, it once was a swamp,as the name suggests,and was situated on the border between Belgium and France. This is the St. Gustavus Mill (seen from the back) or what remains of it. A solid solid hull, top decorated with stone heads. The roof is covered with new shale, but the blades are no longer there. De Moeren are between 3 to 4 meters below sea level and are therefore the lowest point of Belgium. Since the 17th century, works, canals have been going on to reclaim this very fertile land, Once you would see 20 mills, to drain the water, The original wooden mills were later replaced by stone mills that used an Archimedes screw to draw water up and feed it into the drainage channels. The stone mills have now been replaced by modern pumping stations. The light is extraordinary in De Moeren. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A SUNFLOWER in FLANDERS…

DAY 6 A SUNFLOWER in FLANDERS… My friend and I both love our flowers so to finish yet another lovely day, as per tradition, we have a wander through her gardens. The light hits one of the sunflowers the perfect way, another shot wanting to be taken. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Meebrug,Belfry, canal, boat,architecture, Brugge,

DAY 7 BACK IN BRUGGE… We are going on another exploration in this beautiful city. Always new angles and details, always different light on the familiar places. A view of De Groene Rei and canal from the Meebrug, In the distance the Belfry. The Meebrug is the oldest bridge in Bruges. These two are the oldest, and apparently there are 70 bridges in Brugge. Mee is a plant which’s roots contain a dye in order to dye cloth In the Middle Ages and long after. The mashed root are called madder, Turkish red. The madder (Rubia tinctorum), also whether fellow (see woad ) is a plant belonging to the Rubiaceae (Rubiaceae). Madder was used as raw material for the red dye alizarin I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE GROPE… DAY 7

I have no qualms in uploading this, or even taking the shot! They were walking amongst hundreds of tourists, it was NOT just a brief moment, no, LOL, his hand was there for quite a while, much to our merriment! So, If they didn't care, why should I? We must remember, the world nowadays is full of cameras, CCTV but also, everybody walks around with one at hand? If you do do not to be caught, don’y do it? Aha, what if you are sooo in love eh? Have a cool day! thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

AAAH BACH…

DAY 7 As we approach the Burg, we hear the floating of music, lovely tones! Buskers from an Eastern European country, judging by their instruments. They play Bach, and they play it very well... for our enjoyment. The girl is playing a massive instrument that sounds to my western european ear like a balalaika. Have a cool day! thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE AUTUMN FASHION COLOURS…

DAY 7 We walk the main street, where all the shops are. I see this display, telling us what the trendy colours are to be for Autumn and Winter, LOL. I was taught how to knit, but have no interest in it, I was merely attracted by this window display, the way it was presented with the needles and especially the colours! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ALLEYS of BRUGGE…

DAY 7 Brugge is famous for its alleys and cobblestones. The narrow alleyways are a network of shortcuts if you know them. I use them often, very few people, you really gain time! It gives you once more that feeling of ancient history, I know my for-fathers walked here mmmmm. As for the cobblestones, they got a little bit better but still not made for ladies in stilettos! LOL Have a cool day! thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SERENDIPITY and PEOPLE WATCHING…

DAY 7 It is Friday and many seem to be shopping, including us, tomorrow we go home! Talk about serendipity, this lady comes out, with an armful and, LOL, the arrow points at all her purchases… Sitting on a terrace with cool water, people watching. Can be great fun! Have a cool day! thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

INSIDE LE PAIN QUOTIDIEN…

DAY 7 I shot this photo from the hip. We walked inside after we had a drink on the terrace. So beautiful and inviting. Le pain quotidien means: the daily bread. The Simon Stevin square is situated in the heart of Bruges, a picturesque city with a long history. The building where you nowadays find the bakery and restaurant of Le pain Quotidien used to be a weaving factory. The location always has been a place for craftsmanship, only now it serves artisanal and organic fair. Their philosophy: “Long enough for all to fit and narrow enough for all to talk, our tables are where friends reconnect and new friendships are forged over the shared appreciation of delicious food and good company. In a space where colour comes to life, music mingles with the melody of conversation and fresh-baked smells stoke the imagination, there will always be a place for you at our table.” Have a cool day! thanks, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ORIGINAL DISPLAY…

DAY 7 Another beautiful display this time of trendy materials for the coming Autumn and Winter. Presented in an original and creative way, looking like giant scarves. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ALL CHOCOLATE…

DAY 7 The aroma of chocolate comes out of many shops when walking the streets of Brugge. It is now trendy to buy these, everything for the DIY-er: IN CHOCOLATE. Looking like rusted tools. I would think that is a small market? But there you go. Gimmicky, fun, personally I am not overly keen on it. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CHOCOLATE… by the KILO

DAY 7 These are BIG chunks of dark chocolate, with hazelnuts, with fruit, white chocolate, chocolate galore! It looks like they smashed big slabs. Belgian chocolate is renowned, it is quality and tasty, more cacao and less fat. Good for the skin, did you know? I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DAPPLED LIGHT…

DAY 7 A beautiful old house, and the Peerdebrug, around the midday. I love dappled light, especially on these beautiful buildings with the gables and well maintained facades. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GROENEREI…

DAY 7 The sky is still white with heat yet it feels like change in the air. We are once more at the Groenerei. Groenerei is a stream and a street in the center of Bruges. The name "Groenerei" would be derived from an inn called 't Groene. Until recently it was assumed that the Groenerei is not a natural watercourse, but a canal dug by humans to meet a distant mill (the Molenbrug on the St. Annarei, dug in the 11th century. According to its current views the Groenerei is indeed a segment of the natural course of the Reie. From 1127 made the Groenerei part of the first city walls of Bruges. Of all the canals in the centre of town; The Groenerei, the 'green canal', is the most romantic I think. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FIRST SIGN of AUTUMN…

DAY 7 Alongside the canal, still warm in the late-Summer sun I spot the first sign of Autumn on one of the old historic walls. A Virginia Creeper (parthenocissus) clinging on very elegantly. Brugge will be even more beautiful in Autumn dress! I can just imagine it. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WAITING pour LE BEAU MONDE…

DAY 7 We arrive back on the Burg, we had seen the set-up earlier, but not paid it much attention. These things pop up, come and go. This time it is different, there is a buzz in the air, and lots of security… We sit on the terrace as more and more people gather, we ask the waiter and he mumbles something about a parade and royalty attending. So, unwittingly, we are about to witness something special! The empty chairs are beginning to fill with lots of dressed up, uniformed and decorated men, plus ladies in their fineries, le beau mode! I check the batteries of my camera, like a chef sharpens his knives before cooking,lol I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THEY ARE COMING!

DAY 7 More and more activity now. The Burg is now closed off, with lots of armed security and military people. Sadly a flavour of our world today. But hey, on a happier note, little by little we are beginning to see what is awaiting, so, recap: I am from Brugge, live in England, here I am back in Brugge for a week and hey, the English followed me here and are to play for me? LOL. Two soldiers walk on, nicely synchronised even in walk! The Grenadier Guards trace their lineage back to 1656, when Lord Wentworth's Regiment was raised in Bruges, in the Spanish Netherlands (present-day Flanders), from gentlemen of the Honourable Artillery Company by the then heir to the throne, Prince Charles (later King Charles II) where it formed a part of exiled King's bodyguard. It is their 360th anniversary and they have come to celebrate their origin! Of all the coincidences.WOW I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

IN FULL RAGALIA…

A bearskin is a tall fur cap, usually worn as part of a ceremonial military uniform. Traditionally, the bearskin was the headgear of grenadiers and it is still worn by grenadier and guards regiments in various armies. After defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, the 1st Foot Guards was renamed the Grenadier Guards and their entire regiment adopted the bearskin covers for their ceremonial dress. The purpose appears to have been to add to the apparent height and impressive appearance of these troops both on the parade ground and the battlefield. A Bearskin weighs 680 grams. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ON PARADE…

In The Royal Guild of St Sebastian of Bruges, in 1656, the exiled future British King Charles II created the Grenadier Guards (and in 1658 the Life Guards) to be his personal bodyguards and defend his allies in the Low Countries from French invasion. After helping to restore the monarchy in Britain in 1660, these British Troops have gone on to fight with distinction against oppression on Belgian soil for centuries, most notably at Waterloo and in two World Wars. It is their 360th anniversary and they have come to celebrate their origin! In commemoration and gratitude the Belgian Government and Government of Flanders are hosting a series of parades and events this weekend for Britain's First Regiment of Foot Guards. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY…

DAY 7 As the Grenadier Guards are standing tall, I hear a flighty sound and beat of drums. What is coming? A feast for the eyes… The Company of Pikemen & Musketeers. It turns out that the Company of Pikemen & Musketeers are a ceremonial unit of the Honourable Artillery Company and one of only six royally warranted bodies in the UK. Seventeenth century marches and music are provided by the Company’s own drums and fifes. They come to a halt in front of me, when I spot this lovely detail. The gloved hands of a musketeer holding his drumsticks. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ARMOURED PIKEMAN…

DAY 7 I spot the reflections in the shiny steel. Pikemen wear steel half-armour of back and breast plates with tassets and a morion (steel helmet). The weight is about 18 lbs (8.16 KG). They are armed with swords and pikes. The latter would originally have been 18 feet long but for reasons of practicality 12-foot pikes are used today. Musketeers wear a buff sur-coat and wide-brimmed felt hat. They are armed with a match-lock musket and rest and wear a leather cross belt, from which are suspended 12 wooden powder flasks known as apostles. Seventeenth century marches and music are provided by the Company’s own drums and fifes. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A PIKEMAN…

DAY 7 I couldn't help myself, I just HAD to take some portraits of these characters! Only veteran members of the HAC who have had proven efficient service in the HAC’s Territorial Army regiment are eligible to join the Company of Pikemen & Musketeers. All join in the lowest rank, regardless of any previous military rank held. Members must be fit enough to competently complete the march of the Lord Mayor’s Show. Military medals and insignia are permitted to be worn. The seniority of officers and non-commissioned officers is signified by the amount of lace worn on collars and cuffs; the more lace the more senior the rank. Members are unpaid but give freely of their own time for drill practice and rehearsals as well as the parades and guards themselves. All make a significant contribution towards the cost of their own uniform and are expected to clean and look after their armour, muskets and other kit to maintain the highest standards of turnout for the many prestigious occasions they parade for. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

OLD WARRIOR…

DAY 7 It is just one after the other of interesting looking men, huh, Pikemen that is! I spot the reflections in the shiny steel. Pikemen wear steel half-armour of back and breast plates with tassets and a morion (steel helmet). The weight is about 18 lbs (8.16 KG). They are armed with swords and pikes. The latter would originally have been 18 feet long but for reasons of practicality 12-foot pikes are used today. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MORE LACE…

DAY 7 The seniority of officers and non-commissioned officers is signified by the amount of lace worn on collars and cuffs; the more lace the more senior the rank. The Pikemen & Musketeers are dressed and equipped as members of the Company would have been in the 1640s and are tasked with providing a ceremonial bodyguard for the Lord Mayor of the City of London and escorting him when he is on official business. Company of Pikemen & Musketeers to parade no more than 63 members at any one time, that being the size of a company in the 17th century. Only veteran members of the HAC who have had proven efficient service in the HAC’s Territorial Army regiment are eligible to join the Company of Pikemen & Musketeers. All join in the lowest rank, regardless of any previous military rank held. Members must be fit enough to competently complete the march of the Lord Mayor’s Show. Military medals and insignia are permitted to be worn. Members are unpaid but give freely of their own time for drill practice and rehearsals as well as the parades and guards themselves. All make a significant contribution towards the cost of their own uniform and are expected to clean and look after their armour, muskets and other kit to maintain the highest standards of turnout for the many prestigious occasions they parade for. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE MUSKETEER…

DAY 7 A little series of The Company of Pikemen & Musketeers parading in Brugge, an occasion attended by the sister of the Belgian king, in honour of their 360th anniversary. Musketeers wear a buff sur-coat and wide-brimmed felt hat. They are armed with a match-lock musket and wear a leather cross belt, from which are suspended 12 wooden powder flasks known as apostles. A musketeer (French: mousquetaire) was a type of soldier equipped with a musket. Musketeers were an important part of early modern armies, particularly in Europe and the west, as they normally comprised the majority of their infantry. The musketeer was a precursor to the rifleman’s. The iconic "Redcoat" of the British Empire was the staple unit in the British armies that created the largest empire in history. The British infantryman was well trained by the standards of the time, training with live ammunition. A fully trained redcoat could fire four times a minute. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WITH PANACHE…

DAY 7 The musketeers wear their plumed black felt hats with great panache! Waiting, while the royalty enters the arena, lol, they stand holding the pikes. The latter would originally have been 18 feet long but for reasons of practicality 12-foot pikes are used today. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SHINY ARMOUR…

DAY 7 With pomp and circumstance the whole parade eventually disperses, but I see there is a reception in the beautiful Gothic Hall, in the town hall, for the top brass. These come out early, once more synchronised in their dance? They must be high up Pikemen, laced and medalled. So much finery! The Pikemen & Musketeers are dressed and equipped as members of the Company would have been in the 1640s Pikemen wear steel half-armour of back and breast plates with tassets and a morion (steel helmet). The weight is about 18 lbs (8.16 KG). They are armed with swords and pikes. The seniority of officers and non-commissioned officers is signified by the amount of lace worn on collars and cuffs; the more lace the more senior the rank. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

RECEPTION in THE HALL…

DAY 7 After the ceremony, the top brass enter the City Hall of Brugge where they attend a reception up in the Gothic Hall. Bruges' City Hall dates from 1376, was built in 55 years, and is one of the oldest in the Netherlands, a fine example, copied by many, like Brussels, Ghent, Leuven. From here, the city has been governed for more than 600 years. The Bruges City Hall is one of the oldest city halls in the entire Netherlands region. It is located in Burg Square, the area of the former fortified castle in the centre of Bruges, Belgium. Responsibility for its construction was given to Jan Roegiers, and the project was completed, eventually, in 1421. The City Hall is the earliest late Gothic monumental-style municipal council building in Flanders or Brabant: its flamboyant opulence testifies to the city's economic and political power. The building's admirers highlight the effect of the "Brugian span", referring to the abundance of repeating systematically positioned niches encompassing the windows. The statues under the stone baldachin-canopies on the building's facade have been renewed several times. At the time of the French Revolution all the statues were destroyed. A small number of genuine pieces are now included in the collections of the city museum. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ILLUMINATED FACADE…

DAY 7 The party’s over. All gone home. Inside the city hall, the lights are out in the stunning Gothic hall, windows still open, it gently starts to rain, at last. We’ve had our meal and our fun. All that is let is taking a few images go this interesting, illuminated facade. Bruges' City Hall dates from 1376, was built in 55 years, and is one of the oldest in the Netherlands, a fine example, copied by many, like Brussels, Ghent, Leuven. From here, the city has been governed for more than 600 years. The Bruges City Hall is one of the oldest city halls in the entire Netherlands region. It is located in Burg Square, the area of the former fortified castle in the centre of Bruges, Belgium. Responsibility for its construction was given to Jan Roegiers, and the project was completed, eventually, in 1421. The City Hall is the earliest late Gothic monumental-style municipal council building in Flanders or Brabant: its flamboyant opulence testifies to the city's economic and political power. The building's admirers highlight the effect of the "Brugian span", referring to the abundance of repeating systematically positioned niches encompassing the windows. The statues under the stone baldachin-canopies on the building's facade have been renewed several times. At the time of the French Revolution all the statues were destroyed. A small number of genuine pieces are now included in the collections of the city museum. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A QUARTER to NINE…

DAY 7 Brugge’s crown. The top of the Belfry tower. You can see the bells, and on our way home, they chime a happy song over the slowly shutting down city. A bit of melancholy, we have to pack, tomorrow a very long day, we are going home. The belfry was added to the market square around 1240, when Bruges was prospering as an important centre of the Flemish cloth industry. After a devastating fire in 1280, the tower was largely rebuilt. The city archives, however, were forever lost to the flames. The octagonal upper stage of the belfry was added between 1483 and 1487, and capped with a wooden spire bearing an image of Saint Michael, banner in hand and dragon underfoot. The spire did not last long: a lightning strike in 1493 reduced it to ashes, and destroyed the bells as well. A wooden spire crowned the summit again for some two-and-a-half centuries, before it, too, fell victim to flames in 1741. The spire was never replaced again, thus making the current height of the building somewhat lower than in the past; but an openwork stone parapet in Gothic style was added to the rooftop in 1822. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

IN THE SPOTLIGHT…

DAY 7 Do swans ever sleep? I often spot them gyring the day, on one leg, LOL, head hidden in the plumage, but at night, when the waters of the canals are calm, they majestically, silently glide… Swans, so iconic to Brugge, one here under the illuminated, famous Peerdebrug. The spotlight made it all look rather erie, almost like a painting. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BEFORE WE GO-GO…

DAY 8 BEFORE WE GO-GO… So, it is Saturday, the day we go back home in the UK. Everything is packed and in the car, We have time for a portrait in the mirror in the hall. We have very few photo;s of the two of us, so, it is an occasion, lol, plus, the name of the house that was ours for a week features in it: Huyze Lanckhals. A very Brugge name! At the end of the 15th century, the oppressed people of Bruges rose in revolt against the unpopular Emperor Maximilian of Austria. They captured Maximilian and imprisoned him in the Craenenburg House on the Market Square, together with his equally unpopular adviser, Pieter Lanckhals. Lanckhals was condemned to death and Maximilian was forced to watch the execution. The Emperor eventually escaped and later took his revenge: he decreed that ‘until the end of time’ the city should be required at its own expense to keep swans on all its lakes and canals. And why swans? Because swans have long necks – and the Dutch for ‘long neck’ is ‘lange hals’ – or ‘lanckhals’! And so a city legend was born… I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LE TEMPS des FRAISES…

DAY 8 We have a whole day ahead of us. I remember that Saturday is market day, so, we’re off there. The stalls are dispersed over different squares and streets, not as I remember it, but hey… So beginning of September and still beautiful, firm and especially tasty, top quality strawberries. Belgium is renowned for its fruit. We buy and eat a punnet of the little delicacies. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Le Temps des Mûres…

DAY 8 Blackberry is the fruit of the bramble, a thorny bush of the very pervasive gender Rubus of the family Rosaceae such as raspberry. Glistening in the sun, who can resist them? Belgium is renowned for its fruit. More from the market in Brugge. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LE TEMPS des ROSES…

DAY 8 We end up on the flower market, AAHH bliss! I always come back from the Continent with a lot of ‘work’, lol, meaning, I bring back flowers (to photograph). I see sorts there I cannot find here. I would not buy these though, you buy roses in bud only! More from the market in Brugge. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LE TEMPS des GERBERAS…

DAY 8 There is an unbelievable choice in everything, it all seems too much? Such abundance. I remember when sellers came to market with their wares, towards the end, if you were late… there was little left, certainly no choice anymore. Now everything seems overstocked and never-ending FULL. More from the market in Brugge. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LE TEMPS des TOURNESOLS…

DAY 8 AAHH the Sunflowers, very much one of the flowers of end of Summer. The abundance in everything strikes me again, I do see people carrying flowers, yet there are much more flowers than people! LOL Also known as Helianthus… Heliotropism is sun tracking...flowers that follow the sun the whole day. More from the market in Brugge. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LE TEMPS des COULEURS…

DAY 8 So, the last one from the market. These are sleeves to go over a plant-pot, very colourful and attractive to photograph. Love the dof here. More from the market in Brugge. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

OH SO BRUGGE…

DAY 8 The sun is pounding again, I look for shade to walk in. This is the Boeveriestraat. Have not been here for a very long time. I remember walking along these typical houses, on my mother’s hand, from the station to the center of the city, where we would meet my grandmother. You see the black border on the bottom? Houses who had a garden would have flowers against them, and THATis the origin of the idea to paint and later photograph flowers against a black background! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE SHORTEST STREET? GLORIBUSSTREET...

DAY 8 A lesser known part of Brugge. The old and the new, Although the laws of preservation are very strict, now and then something modern crops up, like the huge block that is the Concertgebouw here behind the street. The Gloribusstraat is a small street in the Boeveriewijk of Bruges. The street that runs between the Boeveriestraat and King Albert Avenue, got its name from Isabella Gloribus, the widow of Pieter Van Peenen. She founded six almshouses for needy widows, there in 1634. Residents of old Bruges origin continue to call the street Muzevol, Muzenhol (Mousetrap). I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A FLANDERS VILLAGE…

DAY 8 We leave Brugge, there is still plenty of time as we only take the ferry home this evening. It is always good to drive through West Flanders, through the Polders,through the fertile flat land behind the dunes. Dotted with small villages, the church in the middle and surrounded with houses. Like a cluster. This village is Meetkerke, at four kilometers from the city of Bruges, towards the coast. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HARVEST…

DAY 8 the harvested land now lies , almost shimmering and in silent waves, basking in the late Summer midday sun. Soaking up the warmth, storing it for Winter and the next plants. The grain stubbles are alternating with the earth in pleasing patterns, so pleasing to my eye. Flanders, my beloved Flanders. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ON BLUE WATER… NENUPHAR

The little winding road takes us to the Ostend-Brugge Canal, this canal flows partially in the historical bed of the Ieperlee . In the period 1618 - 1623 this old sea-gully was deepened and from Plassendale connected to the sea. From then on you could sail from Ostend via Brugge, to the interior of Ghent. The blue sky colours the water blue, and right next to a bridge over the canal, a patch of Nénuphars. Water lilies, specifically the European white water lily (Nymphaea alba). From Medieval Latin nenuphar, from Arabic nīnūfar. Monet would have put up his easel there, me… I lifted my camera to my eye. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE RUSTLING REED…

DAY 8 O! 'T rustling of the slender reed! I understood still your sad song! when the wind over run and bowing your blades stirs, thou cast, humbly bowing, down, stands up and bows humbly again, and sings all bend 's sad song, that I love, O slender reed! This poem comes to mind, by the great poet Guido Gezelle. O! 't ruisen van het ranke riet! o wist ik toch uw droevig lied! wanneer de wind voorbij u voert en buigend uwe halmen roert, gij buigt, ootmoedig nijgend, neer, staat op en buigt ootmoedig weer, en zingt al buigen 't droevig lied, dat ik beminne, o ranke riet! We drive through narrow roads amongst fields where small canals often seam off the fields, the land is flat, the water important. Waving reeds all along, so much a part of the Flemish scenery. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE LONG GOOD-BYE…

DAY 8 I stand once more in this landscape, so familiar to me, the Summer-spent earth, a row of quirky trees, a sharp church spire, the endless view over the flat land, the smell of the sea already in the air. I say good-bye, au-revoir. Time to go home, it was good to be back. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved