Daily Archives: October 10, 2009

Historic Center of Brugge

Posted by on October 10, 2009

World Heritage Site #82: Historic Center of Brugge

Historic Center of Brugge: My 82nd UNESCO World Heritage Site

From the World Heritage inscription for the Historic Center of Brugge:

The Historic Centre of Brugge is an outstanding example of an architectural ensemble, illustrating significant stages in the commercial and cultural fields in medieval Europe.

Brugge in medieval times was known as a commercial metropolis in the heart of Europe.

The city reflects a considerable exchange of influences on the development of art and architecture, particularly in brick Gothic, which is characteristic of northern Europe and the Baltic. This architecture strongly determines the character of the historic center of the city.
The 1th-century city walls marked the boundaries of the medieval city. Although the walls themselves are lost today, they remain clearly visible, emphasized by the four surviving gates, the ramparts and one of the defense water towers. The medieval street pattern, with main roads leading towards the important public squares, has mostly been preserved, as well as the network of canals which, once used for mercantile traffic, played an important role in the development of the city.

In the 15th century, Brugge was the cradle of the Flemish Primitives and a center of patronage and painting development for artists such as Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling. Many of their works were exported and influenced painting styles all over Europe. Exceptionally important collections have remained in the city until today.

Brugge is a quaint Dutch speaking Belgian town which has become very popular since the release of the movie “In Brugge”. It is an easy day trip from Brussels. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Belgium.


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California Road Trip

Posted by on October 10, 2009

Over 7,000 miles later I am now on the California leg of my road trip.

The last week has been extreme busy. My days have consisted of long distance driving, meeting people and seeing things. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, but I hasn’t left a lot of time for writing blog posts. I have an ever growing list of emails I have to respond to and an expanding number of photos I have to process.

To give you an idea of some of the great people I’ve been able to meet:

Oh yeah, in between all of that I managed to actually get time to visit Olympic, Redwood and Yosemite National Parks.

My plan tomorrow is to drive from Bishop, CA (where I am now) and drive to Las Vegas by way of Death Valley to take some photos in the park, which I have never visited before. I’ll arrive in Vegas 5 days before the start of Blog World Expo, which will give me time to edit my photos, answer my emails, get some business cards made, and enjoy the $22/night room and the cheapo buffets all week long.

After Vegas I’ll be driving to LA to meet up with some more people and get a tour of the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasedena! How awesome is that! (being a blogger has its advantages). From LA I’ll drive to Dallas by way of the Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, Carlsbad Caverns and maybe Zion or Arches in Utah. I’ll have about two weeks from the end of Blog World to get to Dallas before I have to catch a flight to Fort Lauderdale for a Twitter/blogger Princess Cruise.

If you are in the Vegas or Los Angles area and would like to meet up, please contact me. As you can see from the list above, I really do meet with people.