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1257 views, 42 faves – May 2012

This is Bruges. Land of the 24 hour pub crawl, and city with the largest vampire population in Belgium. It’s amazing how you end up mingling with them without even realizing… till you wake up in the morning with the telltale twin punctures on your neck.

So this is what came down… I was with my wife Bev and our friends Sue & Jeff from the UK, and at least two us us have a pretty wide tolerance of Belgian beer. So we were just walking back to our hotel after the 15th bar (an Irish pub believe it or not!) and in spite of our tolerance, none of us could actually speak. But we found ourselves crossing this quaint little stone bridge and looking off to my left, I saw this amazing view…

Fortunately there was no need to speak, and to my surprise I found that my hands, having been conditioned over many years of fixing my camera to a tripod to the point where it became automatic, needed no signal from my trashed brain to mount the mini pod on the stone rail and rattle off three panned shots on auto exposure.

It wasn’t until I got back to Brussels and had the film developed (yup, FILM!) that I realized I’d taken those shots and was shocked to find that they actually stitched together without too much hassle. The world is a strange place, but things start to make sense when you sit down and analyze the facts… the twin punctures on my neck… If I hadn’t have been bit by that vampire, I would have died from alcohol poisoning and would never have gotten this shot of one of my fav places on earth. Which is probably why there are so many vampires in Bruges… they are the official Belgian guardian angels!

By the way charlistar , this is for your information!!

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  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainover 6 years ago

    Wow, fantastic & tantalizing photo. i love Vampires, i shall have to visit Bruges someday. Gorgeous view

  • Charlistar
    Charlistarover 6 years ago

    WOW…….beautiful shot! thats pretty much what i remember of brugge too!
    i cant believe thats film!!!!the lighting is amazing. and its got a great story too!

  • Thanks Charli. Leuven has it`s own vampire community, but you should be safe as long as you stuff your face with tons of garlic!

    – billyboy

  • Kimberly Palmer
    Kimberly Palmerover 6 years ago

    Wow, so magical! I love the color and the reflections.
    Glad you survived both the bite and the booze. Bite and Booze = BB. he he

  • Hey, that`s a good one Kimmie… think I`ll show this to my mom!

    – billyboy

  • Dave Aarons
    Dave Aaronsover 6 years ago

    Great work BB

  • Dave Moilanen
    Dave Moilanenover 6 years ago

    Fantastic capture BB!

  • Rhana Griffin
    Rhana Griffinover 6 years ago


    It’s soooooo beautiful!!!! And FILM? OMFG BB!!! You are a total legend! My professional opion is that you simply MUST go out and get smashed more often if this is the kind of stuff you bring home in your doggy bag. I want my room to be the tallest one in the building to the left partially hidden behind the tree, can I have it? Can I? Can I? Pleeeeeeeze?

    P.S. I will accept my thanks for you not having a hangover the next day in the form of chocolate. And for future reference, I’m not a big fan of guiness flavoured blood so lay of the stuff a little k?

  • Haven`t you heard? Those clever Irishmen have discovered a way to remove the flavor from the blood while preserving the nutrition. Amazin’, yeah?

    – billyboy

  • melynda blosser
    melynda blosserover 6 years ago

    vampires are great awesome night shot , great reflections , colors are amazing, great pove and i like the building structures

  • Naylor
    Naylorover 6 years ago

    ohhhhhhhhh This is so breathtaking!!!! Without even reading your words I could feel the sensual mystical vibe that flows with the breeze…. Vampires are sooooooo sexy and this shot totally captures a vision that I had only seen in movies.. you have made it so real !!!! ((((HUG)))))
    The reflection is so perfect… not a ripple and LOOK at how the church GLOWS in the background !!!!!! OOOOOOOO this rocks !!

  • Mia1
    Mia1over 6 years ago

    This is GORGEOUS. It sounds like you guys were having a little bit too much fun. LOL. I am glad that you are okay. Beautiful photo.

  • cdwork
    cdworkover 6 years ago

    Lol – Stunning work and a wonderful memory of a top occasion- Excellent view

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