Leelou is amazed {Bruges}

I promise this is my last post on Bruges, although one could always add more pictures and more inspiration!

The center of Bruges, a World Heritage Site of Unesco,  is made of small cosy and sinuous roads, high peaked churches, red and yellow bricked houses and a magical enormous square adorned by colorful buildings and enchanting canals .

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greys and colours

Here are my favourite snapshots of the enchanting city, clearly to be visited on a warmer day (it was o degrees Celsius, and we were even blessed with some snow flakes during our half an hour boat trip along the canals)…

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horse carriages is a normal scene in Bruges
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the only tall house with wooden walls
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a myriad of windows
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Museum in a museum
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just charming
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pretty
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the weirdest looking trees
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Awaiting Madonna

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exploring…
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byblos; music & drinks

BB KING was here.

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Yes, at 86, he still travels, sings and plays (a little bit) on Lucille, his famous guitar! Byblos Festival hosted him on July 5th, together with an almost full moon, fireworks and an eclectic crowd. Some people had even come all the way from Mali to listen to the great Legend of Blues.

It was quite an impressive moment when he entered the stage, helped by two other musicians, looked at the crowd with his big smile and waved. Despite his lack of energy during the actual concert, his fingers barely touching the guitar, his voice was still powerful and at moment spread like a warm blanket over us.

Blues is about taking it easy, and that is how BB KING offered to perform. In an easy, mellow, sometimes slowish way…making us linger for more.

To see him live, sitting on the red velvet chair, perform with Byblos ruins in the back and the Mediteranean Sea in front of him was quite an amazing moment.

A concert in Byblos is a must during the summer season in Lebanon, not only because you get to hear amazing artists, but also because of the cosy and sometimes crazy nightlife happening in the old charming streets…Part of the scenery are locals selling freshly baked manousheh (our local thyme or cheese pizza), hot corn (sold from a bike station), and colorful stools at funky cafes…

Pretty Old Damascus

A wedding in Damascus can be very romantic; especially when you are invited to stay in an old Syrian house transformed into a very charming boutique hotel. Here are some snapshots taken of the streets surrounding Baik Bash Hotel and the hotel itself. A place where time has stopped, where houses and shops have not changed for the last 50 years, where wood, stone and wrought iron decorate buildings and streets…

 

Old man selling out-dated magazines!
a door with a past
Beik Bash Hotel, beautiful hallways
flower names for each room
Bab Touma (an entrance to the old city)
charming doors
8 am, all shops are still closed...
colours and fabrics
waiting for some restoration...
bike with two seats!
one of many alleys...

Visit Damascus when you can. It is worthwile…