Rhode St. Genese, Belgium

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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!

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