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    Belgium

    I'm going to be in Leuven (mostly) and Brussels (briefly) for a few days later this week for an academic conference. I'll probably be tied up most of the time with the conference, and we'll have the baby with us, so I'm not sure I'll have that much time for photography (I'm planning just to bring the Bronica S2a and a 50mm lens, and maybe my Perkeo II, since I'll have my briefcase where the Perkeo normally lives), but if I get any time to myself, does anyone have any suggestions?
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    Brugge! I loved Belgium. I want to go back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    I'm going to be in Leuven (mostly) and Brussels (briefly)
    <SNIP>

    does anyone have any suggestions?
    Also Ghent, you can't photograph the Van Eyck(s) but certainly a worthwhile investment of time. Then eat and drink, the national sport of Belgium.

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    Brugge is wonderful.
    Also Villers Abbey is a great place to photograph.
    Have fun, Belgium is worth the trip.
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    David,

    Bruges (Brugge) is too far from Leuven. If you could spend a whole day at Bruges, then do visit it.

    I studied at Leuven for 2 years. It's not that big and there's more to see than I could mention here.
    The new railwaystation is worth a visit.

    Greetings,
    G

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    Brugge and Gent are good suggestions, but I don't know if you have any means of transport? On the scale of America, Brugge and Gent are "just around the corner" from Leuven, but in fact, they are almost on the other side of Belgium.

    I've been to Gent many times (it was the closest "big city" in the area where I grew up), to Brugge a few times; both are wonderful. BUT(!) I still haven't been to Leuven, and from what I have heard, that should be pretty nice as well. So, maybe you don't need to travel far .

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    Brugge is the most weird Flemish city I know…

    Totally empty medieval small streets along which you can see another street crossing, filled with tourists shoving along. From this perspective it’s like a view from te past into today.


    Go and visit this town. But you should know what to expect.

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    I lived 13 years in Leuven, so plenty to see; Go and see the gothic city hall (14th century) and have a beer at the Oude Markt.


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    Thanks for the suggestions so far. I don't think we'll be able to visit other cities on this trip, but I'm sure there will be other opportunities in the future.
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    David, just promise me you have moulles and frits with a good Beligian brew, wherever you go.
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