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Europe 2001 Photojournal
It sort of seems like cheating, to me, to take pictures of places that basically exist only to have pictures taken of them, but I did go to two such places, and it would have been pretty silly not to have taken pictures while I was there. The two were of slightly different types.
The first was Bruges. Bruges was a thriving port, manufacturing town and artistic center in the 14th and 15th centuries. Then the river silted up, and the gentry mothballed the place and took off. As a result of the ensuing long neglect, my guide book glibly asserts, Bruges is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe.
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