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The Kings of Beer

This is a series of pics from my birthday weekend in June from Bruges, Belgium.

See what I mean about architecture and towers/spires!
This happens to be the Gruuthuse Museum in the foreground with the Church of Our Lady in the right background.

The Lords of Gruuthuse belonged to a noble family in the late Middle Ages which held the right to impose a tax on the import of "gruut," a mixture of dried plants and flowers used by brewers to improve the flavor of beer.
Thought you'd want to know that on this Saturday!
(Especially with the Chruch looking over their shoulder!)

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


The Kings of Beer

This is a series of pics from my birthday weekend in June from Bruges, Belgium.

See what I mean about architecture and towers/spires!
This happens to be the Gruuthuse Museum in the foreground with the Church of Our Lady in the right background.

The Lords of Gruuthuse belonged to a noble family in the late Middle Ages which held the right to impose a tax on the import of "gruut," a mixture of dried plants and flowers used by brewers to improve the flavor of beer.
Thought you'd want to know that on this Saturday!
(Especially with the Chruch looking over their shoulder!)

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (16)

The strong diagonal of the roofline really works for me in contrast with the spires. I like this one, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Karen. It's funny how when I straighten the primary tower everything else seems to fall into place.
I like the colours and texture Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bridge.
I`m struggling to find a comprehensive book on the history of Bruges. I am finding some very expensive books though! I shall continue my search, because your photographs have really wetted my appetite to find out more about this historic city. (:o)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss_w_h_/203-8081492-7995153?initialSearch=1&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=History+of+Bruges&Go.x=13&Go.y=11
Ginnie Hart: Now you've got me searching, Roz. smile Hopefully there's a good book out there. If not, someone has missed their opportunity!!
A great shot of a fine church! I like the perspective here of the towers reaching to the sky.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Wim. We'll be back in A'dam from August 21-31. I see you'll be at the Spui on the 26th. Maybe we'll see you?!
Intersting details in this shot Ginnie - the strange pulpit structure around one of the towers and the flying gargoyles. I am no expert, but Belgian beer is supposed to be the best - must be the Gruut factor. Mike
Ginnie Hart: That Gruut factor definitely seems to help, especially with the church's blessing. smile Thanks, Mike.
  • Tracy
  • 18 Aug 2007, 10:28
The little red door draws your eye even though the spires and towers command the shot. I love Chamay Blonde and Leffe Beer, our friend owns a belgium bar in a town close to us. You don't need many before your wobbling it's very strong stuff.smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I guess a six-pack wouldn't be the way to go then! Thanks, Tracy.
  • JoAnn
  • Holland Naarden
  • 18 Aug 2007, 15:30
Hi Ginnie,
Great shot of this tower or pike of one.
You would for sure love the tower of NAARDEN, thats from church in the middle of the village....

have you found my email message?
smile JoAnn
Ginnie Hart: Yes, JoAnn. I did get your e-mail and will respond to it. Lots of stuff happening--the aquarium yesterday (as you now know) and my MIL today. And I leave for A'dam on Monday, so I'm trying to get all my ducks in row. I'll definitely respond before I get on the plane. smile

Thanks again for stopping by and commenting. I'm quite sure I'll love Naarden!
Interesting perspective and the towers stand out really well. Love the detail of the little red window.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: Thanks as always, Ingrid. Happy Saturday to you!
Kings Of Beer, eh? They certainly lived in a grand castle. Lovely sense of perspective!
Ginnie Hart: You can almost picture a damsel in distress calling out from the tower, right, Christopher?! grin

Thanks for your comment.
Really amazing building, I don't remember of this one !
Ginnie Hart: Nor could I exactly tell you where I saw it, Zeb, other than somewhere in the vicinity of the Church of Our Lady? Glad to show you something new. smile
  • Saed
  • Mashhad, Iran
  • 18 Aug 2007, 22:16
Well captured Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Saed.
Looks good, and I like the little red window in the tower, makes you wonder what went on in the room. Great structure and a good angle on it.
Ginnie Hart: As I told Christopher, I can imagine a damsel in distress calling our from up there! smile Thanks, Les.
Another lovely pic. I have the typical tourist book "Bruges and it's beauties" The pics are very ordinary but it does have some of the history in it. I would be happy to post it to Roz if she would like it.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. That is so sweet, Aussie. Make sure you let her know! smile
  • Kay
  • 19 Aug 2007, 00:45
Okay, Ginnie, this is a good opportunity shouting out at you: Pictures of Bruges with accompanying text. You can publish the book, you know. You've certainly captured a lot of it's lovely spots, and it would certainly be a labor of love for you!

Wonderful shot, as always. The history you write is very interesting.
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Kay, if the opportunity ever presented itself, I think I would quite enjoy travel photography! It's kinda percolating inside me. smile And believe it or not, when I go back to Amsterdam next week, I have an interview with a lady about the gable stones I've been "collecting." Apparently there's a little newsletter about them and they found out about my interest through Hans, whose work I have posted here. So this stuff really does excite me. Thanks for your support.
This looks like a massive building.
I like the little red window.
And yes, it´s always nice to read some beer history smile
Ginnie Hart: Yup. Gotta know how that stuff is made! smile Thanks, Magnus.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Aug 2007, 20:02
Europeans are in general more relaxed about the church and the bar. In the south of holland it is rather common that the church and the bar both have a spot on the town square. When you have done with the late service, they walk over the square to discuss the sermon over a klare (gin, but somewhat different from the british type).

Another excellent building shot from Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks again, Louis, for the great info you often add to your comments. It makes total sense to me! smile

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