A few more shots from my trip to Bruges.
All photos taken with Nikon D40 and edited with a mix of A Beautiful Mess Actions and my own.
A pale cloudy sky above the Eternal City.
Vines and grapes on the balcony of our rented studio flat. It doesn’t get better than this.
I always manage to get one shot like this. Every single summer holiday.
I thought they were the stuff of legends, but here it is: a hummingbird moth! Leisurely drinking nectar just outside our window.
After walking in the heat we ended up here, where a lovely old lady (and smart business woman) offered us a sit in the shade.
Ancient olive trees spread across the whole island. I don’t think I’ve ever seen trunks like these before.
Picture this: me, a camera, a very photogenic town (but aren’t they all) and a plan to avoid cliches.
Have I succeeded?
I let you decide.
Everywhere I look someone is trying to say something:
Bruges is stunning. Picture postcard perfect. So much to see and do. And eat
Room and breakfast (or what’s lefts of it) a the Pand hotel, right in the centre of town.
I found it particularly beautiful at night. Maybe because there are less people around. The light works to create a magic atmosphere.
We walked everywhere. My step counter nearly popped. And me with it.
Shops of all kind, from quirky to avant garde.
We tried as many types of beer that we could, but didn’t even scratch the surface.
And did I mentioned the cakes?
I love the contrasting styles.
I’ve never seen that many swans in my life. They pretty much own the place. Of course, they are the symbol of the city.
Experimenting with lighting effects in the dark pub. While beer tasting, naturally.
Love the details! Especially the lace-like fence.
I couldn’t get enough of the contrasts.
I’m not sure who left the bicycle parked there, but it seemed to be a feature. And what about the bench, practically in the canal? For those hot summer days, when you need to freshen up after a long walk, I guess
Overwhelmed by the crowds of tourists in the town centre? (I was!) Luckily there are oasis of quiet and peace just a little walk away.
All photos taken with iPhone5 and edited with VSCO Cam.
The third one is a Magdalene I think, just happened to be in the right corner at the right time, when I was on a hunt for images last year in Rome.
I’m not planning to go back until November, for the harvest of the olives, a little tradition in my family. In the meantime I revisit it by going through the archives.
Expect more Rome themed posts in the near future, the sign that I’m starting to miss it.
A few things I enjoy when walking in the English countryside:
You might find the place strangely familiar. Chatsworth has played the role of Pemberly, Mr Darcy’s house, in different adaptations of Pride and Prejudice. It might have actually been the original inspiration for Pemberly, as Jane Austen wrote the novel while visiting the area.
The house and the park that surround it host a large art collection, and I was pleased to find, among the ancient statues, one of Barry Flanagan’s Hares. In the most appropriate setting.