In contrast to Venice or Amsterdam Bruges is an underestimated gem. The Medieval city has some beautiful architecture and a visually stunning canal system that meanders throughout the ancient city. The streets weren’t so overcrowded making a tour through the cobbled streets along the tree lined canals a relaxed affair.

I don’t go every year but I have been often in the past, mainly to shoot pictures but now & again I leave the camera at home & indulge in a little bit of the festivities at the worlds largest beer & folk festival. It has to be seen to be believed as it is huge with work starting to build the tents and rides early in the year. People come from all over the world to pay the over expensive 10 Euros per glass beer.

Where the Koningstraat crosses with the Spiegelrei I spotted this oldtimer on the bridge with a nice backdrop of the Jan van Eyck Square.

Photograph by Douglas Stevens Photoviewz

“Oktoberfest 2011 on the Theresienwiese in Munich was as spectacular as ever with almost 7 million visitors this year spread over the 17 days.”

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