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Bruges from the Canals

The boat trip guide called this the former “English” Embassy:-

"English" Embassy, Bruges

"English" Embassy, Bruges Again

Canalside House with weathervane:-

Canalside House + Weathervane, Bruges

More canalside buildings:-

Canalside Houses, Bruges

Extended canal vista:-

Canalside Buildings, Bruges

Flemish style buildings:-

Flemish Style Buildings, Bruges

Church of Our Lady:-

Church of Our Lady, Bruges

I’m afraid I can’t remember the name of this church with great stained glass windows:-

Church with Stained Glass, Bruges

Church with Stained Glass, Bruges 2

Building with Venetian (Murano) glass windows. The first such in western Europe we were told:-

Building with Venetian (Murano) Glass Windows, Bruges

The Belfry in Bruges from the canal:-

The Belfry in Bruges

Canal Bridges, Bruges

When we saw a notice advertising boat trips on the canal in Bruges we opted for one straight away. These photos mostly feature bridges over the canal(s).

Setting off:-

Bruges by Boat 1

Typical view:-

View from Boat, Bruges

Not quite “mind your head”:-

Under Canal Bridge, Bruges

But certainly do this time. I think this was the one the guide said was the lowest:-

Lowest Bridge, Bruges

Looking back to low bridge:-

Looking back to Low Bridge, Bruges

Bridge and swans:-

Bridge and Swans, Bruges

Furthest bridge on the trip. I think the building beyond the bridge is something to do with the water management system in Bruges:-

Furthest Bridge, Bruges

Side bridge and swans. The bridge wasn’t one we went under. It looks too low for that:-

Side Bridge and Swans, Bruges

Bruges Canals

As well as fine buildings Bruges is replete with water and is sometimes known as The Venice of the North. I’ve never been to Venice but Bruges is certainly lovely, whatever.

The church in the background here is Bruges Cathedral, The Church of Our Lady:-

A Canal, Bruges

This shows the bridge from which the previous photo was taken:-

Canal and Bridge, Bruges

And this the view from the bridge to the other side:-

Canal, Bruges

View of same building left above from the opposite canal bank:-

Canalside, Bruges

And round the corner:-

Canal, Bruges

Canal and bridge:-

Bridge and Canal, Bruges


Canal, Bruges

Another bridge:-

Canal, Bridge, Bruges

Markt (The Market Square,) Bruges

Some photos of the Markt (Market Square) in Bruges:-

Markt (Market Square) in Bruges

Markt (Market Square) Bruges 2

The statue you can see in the above photo – a seat for tired tourists – is of Jan Breydel and Pieter de Coninck, two local heroes from the 14th Century:-

Statue in Markt, Bruges

These horse-drawn carriages were offering trips round the city. At €50 each we gave that a bye. Shanks’s pony is better for you anyway.

Horse Carriages in Markt, Bruges

I liked this compasstower. It has a Deco feel (rule of three in the windows) but I suspect it is much earlier:-

Clocktower, Markt, Bruges

The Provincial Court takes up one side of the square:-

Square in Bruges

On the square’s south side lies the Belfry of Bruges:-

The Belfry, Markt, Bruges

Alternate view of the Belfry from its courtyard:-

The Belfry, Bruges, Alternate View

Bruges, Smedenpoort

Bruges (Brugge) in West Flanders in Belgium is a lovely small city with great buildings.

We entered it through Smedenpoort, a gatehouse built over what looked like may once have been a moat:-

Smedenpoort, Bruges, a Gatehouse

Smedenpoort from the city side of the gate:-

Smedenpoort, Bruges, City Side

View to right from bridge seen above:-

Canal (Moat?) Bruges

View to left:-

Canal (Moat) from Smedenpoort Bridge, Bruges

The streets into the centre were festooned with banners. I couldn’t quite make out what they were displaying:-

A Street in Bruges

The Humber Bridge, Leaving Hull

The Humber Bridge from King George Dock, Hull:-

Humber Bridge from Hull

The exit from King George Dock is through a sea lock. A very tight squeeze! Looking directly down the ship’s side:-

Tight Squeeze

Other side of ship. Only centimetres of water between ship and lock side:-

Tight Squeeze 2

The sea lock:-

Hull sea lock 1

Lock emptying:-

Hull sea lock 2

Nearly at level:-

Hull sea lock 3

Finally moving off:-

Hull sea lock 4

Humber Bridge from Humber Estuary:-

Humber Bridge from Humber Estuary

I never did see the KCom stadium but on the way out of the Humber I spotted the very distinctive Grimsby Dock Tower (picture from Wikipedia):-

Grimsby Dock Tower

Some way beyond it were the four floodlight pylons of what looked very like a football ground which I assume must have been Blundell Park, home of Grimsby Town FC, though it seems the ground is actually in Cleethorpes.


For our trip to Belgium and the Netherlands we took the ferry from Hull across to Zeebrugge.

At Hull we got onto the ship, examined the cabin, no room to have a cat never mind swing one, then went up on deck.

Hull was surprisingly green but with some industry too.

Over the dockside rooftops I spotted what I thought might be a football ground with what appeared to be the word KCom on a stand. Was it the KCom stadium, the home of Hull City AFC (and Hull FC, one of the city’s two big Rugby League clubs) I wondered? But it looked too small.

It turns out that it was KCom I had spotted but it was KCom Craven Park, the home of the other Rugby League club, Hull Kingston Rovers.

KCom Craven Park

KCom Craven Park 2

In this zoom shot the end S of “Rovers” can be seen on the far stand’s seats.

KCom Craven Park 3

Some modern architecture in Hull:-

Building, Hull

I’m Back From Holland (and Belgium)

Just got back from a fortnight away. I’m knackered.

It didn’t help that I had a disturbed sleep on the ferry (due to the folk in the cabin next door) then the public address system boomed out at 7 o’clock British time.

The ferry crew kicked us off the ship at ten past nine and then we sat on the quayside for ninety minutes twiddling our thumbs. (Okay, we both actually had books we could read so it wasn’t all wasted.)

But it was as if passport control hadn’t realised there was a ship coming in. Either that or they don’t open up till ten o’clock. Most odd.

There had been no such problem at the other end. We just rolled off the ferry at Zeebrugge, went into a queue of about four cars at most, had our passports looked at and then we were off.

I took loads of photos. Goodness knows when I’ll get round to uploading them. There is still quite a few from the trips we did last summer I haven’t posted yet as I jumped to the cruise pictures – of which Honfleur is still to come here.

Art Deco in Matosinhos

We had a serendipitous metro stop opposite this lovely stylish building in Matosinhos. Pity the metro car’s windows intrude on the clarity:-

Art Deco, Matosinhos

I have no idea of the building’s purpose but it’s another striking one:-

Art Deco, Matosinhos

Art Deco, Matosinhos, Other View

Rule of three in the extension’s windows:-

Art Deco, Matosinhos, Extension

Art Deco in Porto (v): Armazéns Cunhas

This stunning Art Deco building fetauring a green peacock motif below the Novidade lettering is Armazéns Cunhas, a department store.

Stunning Art Deco, Porto

The shop’s motto is apparently “novelties, we sell cheaper.”

Armazéns Cunhas, Porto

Next door was the mundane by comparison, Era Porto Baixa:-

Art Deco, Porto

Gail Edwin Aguiar has some more stunning Deco from Porto on Flickr.

Coliseu at, Garagem Passos Manuel at

And on Gail at Large, Serralves:-


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