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Bruges panoramas

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Do you detect a theme here? The 360º Cities site which I linked to yesterday won’t be news to some since its panorama views are now incorporated into Google Earth. I hadn’t fully investigated it before, however, so I wasted some time today wandering the streets of Bruges almost as you would in a computer game thanks to the way the different panoramas are linked. Clicking the arrows or the thumbnail views means you’re immediately transported to the next location. (Needless to say this works best using the full screen option on a large monitor.) The photographs in this instance are by Robin de Baere.

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Bruges is another of those waterlogged places with cobbled streets which so beguile me, hence the choice of a Belgian town over more obvious European locations. The light skies in the night shots—a result of long exposures—lend the empty streets some of the same mysterious atmosphere captured by René Magritte in his Empire of Light series. Magritte was Belgian, of course, so it’s rather fitting, as was Paul Delvaux, another painter of noctural mystery.

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Empire of Light by René Magritte (1953–54).

Elsewhere on { feuilleton }
The panoramas archive

Previously on { feuilleton }
Bruges-la-Morte
Taxandria, or Raoul Servais meets Paul Delvaux

 


 

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2 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Thombeau

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    Wow. I’m not familiar with Bruges at all so this was an eye-opener. How beautiful and archaic. Fabulous. Thanks, John!

  2. #2 posted by John

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    Belgium has some beautiful places, there’s some incredible Art Nouveau architecture in Brussels for a start. The combination of the church towers and canals makes Bruges something special.

 


 

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