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ABOUT THE TITLE
I like to invent some thought-provoking titles but as you know, since my early childhood, I love postcards, so I had to use a simple title like this as well. What could be more suitable for a postcard from Bruges than this amazing view? This stretch of the quay is called Rozenhoedkaai, you can find the exact coordinates of this spot as usually in the panel below the photo. I am not sure where its name actually originates from but in my creative translation, and I don’t know Dutch at all, it means something like “the Quay of the Red Riding Hood”. That could have been a lovely title. Most importantly, since I like Hollywood movies, I was tempted to use on my first photo from Bruges the title of the movie with Colin Farrell “In Bruges”. I found the movie very much entertaining, although using rather dark sort of humour. I suppose I can still use those titles for my next photos…

HOW I GOT THERE
I have visited Belgium before but I didn’t see much and I didn’t manage to take any photos. I dreamt about visiting those charming towns with attractive architecture for a while. Two weeks ago when I realized that a long weekend approaches I thought where I could go for the weekend without using any of the holidays at work. Flight tickets were of course ridiculously expensive already regardless where you would like to go. Then I remembered those “mini cruises”. Basically, from Newcastle or Hull, you can take a night ferry to the Netherlands or Belgium. You can go as a pedestrian. In the morning you wake up for example in Zeebrugge and a short bus rides takes you to Bruges. You can spend a whole day in Bruges and in the evening, a bus takes you back to the ferry. Next day you wake up in Hull again thinking it was just a dream. Of course, you can add a day or two, but the option I presented is the cheapest and requires minimum amount of holidays.

NAME OF THE TOWN
One more thing: the name of the town. Since it is in the Flemish part of Belgium it is actually called there Brugge. I suppose Bruges is the French name. Surprisingly English took over the French version so in English it is called Bruges with the fancy French pronunciation, even though Brugge would be actually coming from the same family of Germanic languages. Interestingly English use for the neighbouring port its Flemish spelling: Zeebrugge.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6654 W: 105 N: 17406] (67500)
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