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    Chapter Four: Jane’s Hotel

    by Nemorino Updated Jan 12, 2014

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    In the fourth chapter of Bruges-la-Morte, Hugues Viane quickly finds out who she is. Her name is Jane Scott. She is English but lives in the French city of Lille, and she comes to Bruges twice a week to perform at the theatre.

    Since dancers “are not at all reputed to be puritanical”, he approaches her one evening and speaks to her. She does not seem surprised about this, in fact she seems to have been expecting it. When she speaks, he is amazed to find that her voice sounds exactly like the voice of his dead wife.

    Soon he learns her schedule and starts waiting for her every time she comes to Bruges. Before long he begins visiting her at her hotel.

    The author does not specify the exact location of the hotel, but it is somewhere close to the theater.


    Chapter Five: Jane’s house

    Hotels near the theatre Near the theatre
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    Luggage Storage at the Train Station

    by Roadquill Written Aug 15, 2013

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    Favorite thing: There is luggage storage at the train station. Several banks of cabinets, containing various sized lockers, which were priced based upon size. A locker that could comfortably hold my medium size luggage, and my backpack was 3.50 euro. No keys, you are issued a receipt with a bar code.

    Train Station in Brugge
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    Chapter Fifteen: Ending on Quai du Rosaire

    by Nemorino Updated Jul 22, 2013

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    The novel Bruges-la-Morte ends where it began, in Hugues Viane’s home on Quai du Rosaire. I won’t disclose the ending, so as not to spoil it for all of you who I’m sure are going to rush out and by the book. (LOL)

    Bruges-la-Morte has been translated into numerous languages. There are at least two English translations, one of which received a very positive review in The Guardian in January 2008.

    If you don’t want to buy the book, you can download the complete original French text here for free from Projekt Gutenberg.

    Better yet, find an opera house that is playing Die tote Stadt (The Dead City) by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

    At least three new productions of this opera took place in the year 2013:
    • from February to April 2013 at the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck, Austria;
    • from April to June 2013 in Lübeck, Germany;
    • and from March to April 2013 in Hof, Germany, starring Daniel Kirch and Kirsten Blanck, both of whom I used to know when they sang here in Frankfurt years ago.

    For more about Korngold and some of his contemporaries, you might like to take a look at a tip on my Zürich page called The lost generation of opera composers, about a whole generation of composers who were just getting started on promising careers when the Nazis came to power in Germany and drove them into exile.


    Next: Jacques Brel's Marieke

    Quai du Rosaire = Rosenhoedkaai Statue of St. Nepomuk on the bridge
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    Chapter Three: The Theatre

    by Nemorino Written Nov 25, 2012

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    After following the young woman more or less discreetly from the Grand’Place through the Rue Flamande (Vlamingstraat), Hugues Viane was surprised to see her head directly for the City Theatre and disappear through one of the open doors.

    He went in and looked around, but didn’t see her anywhere.

    Spectators were starting to arrive for an opera, Robert le Diable (Robert the Devil), which is described in Bruges-la-Morte as “one of those outmoded operas that nearly infallibly dominate the repertoires of provincial theatres”.

    In fairness, I might add that this opera by Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791–1864) was a huge success when it debuted in Paris in 1831 and continued to be one of the most popular and often-performed operas until well into the 1860s. By the 1890s, when Bruges-la-Morte takes place, Robert le Diable was no longer on the playbill in Paris but was still performed regularly in smaller theaters all over Europe.

    Hugues Viane, who had not been to the theater or even heard any music since his wife’s death several years before, bought a ticket and went in to see the performance. Though he knew no one in Bruges, he was well aware that everyone knew who he was and that his unaccustomed theater visit would be the talk of the town the next morning.

    He didn’t see the young woman, either in the audience or on the stage, until near the end of the opera when she suddenly appeared – as a dancer.

    Stadsschouwburg (City Theatre)
    Vlamingstraat 29
    8000 Brugge, Belgium
    Tel. 050 44 30 40

    http://www.ccbrugge.be/

    Location of the theatre (Stadsschouwburg) on OpenStreetMap


    Chapter Four: Jane’s Hotel

    The City Theatre Side view of the theatre Side view of the theatre Stage entrance Sign at the stage entrance
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    Chapter Five: Jane’s house

    by Nemorino Updated Nov 25, 2012

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    By the fifth chapter of Bruges-la-Morte, the relationship between Hugues and Jane has developed to the point that he rents a jolly little house for her in a quiet street near the Béguinage. Evidently he has the financial resources to do this.

    At the same time, Hugues persuades Jane to stop dancing and move to Bruges (from Lille) so she will have more time for him.

    There is no indication in the novel of why she agrees to this. A twenty-first century reader can’t help wondering why she would give up her career as a dancer for a creep like Hugues Viane. Perhaps this sort of question did not occur to readers in the nineteenth century.

    The exact location of Jane’s house is not specified, but we later learn that it is on the way from the Béguinage to the town center.

    At no point does Hugues invite Jane to come to his home, as he thinks this would cause too much of a scandal.

    In the novel, Jane is unaware of her resemblance to his dead wife. This is different in Korngold’s opera Die tote Stadt (The Dead City), where the dancer is fully aware of the situation and deliberately tries to supplant the dead wife in his affections, treating her as a rival. In the opera she insists on spending the night at his place, hoping to defeat the dead rival on her own turf.

    The opera was written thirty years after the novel, and times had changed.


    Chapter Eight: The Minnewater

    Near the B��guinage
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    Chapter Eleven: Oud Sint Jan

    by Nemorino Written Nov 25, 2012

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    Hugues Viane goes into Oud Sint Jan (Old Saint John) in the eleventh chapter of Bruges-la-Morte to look at the fifteenth century religious artworks by Hans Memling (1430-1494).

    He is particularly moved by Memling’s Shrine of Saint Ursula (now in the Hans Memling Museum) and the history of the eleven thousand virgins (there were really only eleven, not eleven thousand, but never mind) who calmly went to their death in the certainty that they were merely crossing the threshold into a better life.

    Oud Sint Jan
    Mariastraat 38
    8000 Brugge
    Tel. 050 47 61 00

    In the nineteenth century Oud Sint Jan was a hospital with an attached church. It is now a congress and event center.

    http://www.oudsintjan.eu/en/

    Location of Oud Sint Jan on OpenStreetMap


    Chapter Fifteen: Ending on Quai du Rosaire

    Oud Sint Jan
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    Tourist Information

    by Balam Updated Feb 8, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Always a good place to start is the Tourist Information, even if its just to get a map!
    they are only 50c and you can get them from the tourist info at the station or from the main one at the

    Burg 11, 8000 (00 32 50 44 8686)

    email: toerisme@brugge.be

    Tourist info at the Station Main tourist info is on the ground floor
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    In Bruges - The Movie

    by chewbacca1975 Updated Nov 8, 2011

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    Favorite thing: "In Bruges" is a 2008 black comedy crime film that stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as two hitmen in hiding, with Ralph Fiennes as their gangster boss. The film was filmed within Bruges. In my opinion this is a MUST-see-movie. It doesn't matter wheather you watch it before or after you visit the city. In both ways, it is attractive.

    After a botched contract killing, Ray (Colin Farrell) and Ken (Brenden Gleason) are sent to Bruges, Belgium to avoid the aftermath and await further instruction. Ray feels like he's in the absolute worst place on earth and wants to return to London, but Ken is excited about the historical significance of the town and encourages Ray to come along sightseeing with him.

    Two very complex characters, Ray and Ken are nothing alike, and yet the same. Both are killers with spotty pasts, but Ray is absolutely livid that he's been ordered to Bruges, while Ken wants to enjoy his "paid vacation."

    Following the instructions of their boss, Harry (Ralph Fiennes), each day in Bruges brings them closer to receiving their next assignment, but Ken alone soon learns the identity of this next hit.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0780536/

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    Magnetic Strip Credit Cards

    by TooTallFinn24 Written Oct 11, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Be aware that many merchants in Brugges and Brussels no longer accept magnetic strip credit cards. Use at the train stations can be an issue too. So if you don't have sufficient cash please give a magnetic chip credit card if you are coming from the United States or Canada.

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    Books, movies and websites

    by Dabs Updated Sep 26, 2011

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    Favorite thing: I brought two guidebooks with me, Frommers Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg and Lonely Planet's Belgium and Luxembourg. Brugge's surface is just scratched in both books and both cover pretty much the same information.

    The website I found most helpful was Brugge's tourism website which included several excellent walking tours. You can also pick up a copy of Love Bruges, a visitors guide that we got at our B&B which has lots of information on the city and several walking tours.

    I'd highly recommend watching In Bruges with Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson who star as hitmen who screw up and are exiled to Brugge, one of them is taken in by the history and beauty of the city and the other is wondering why the heck he was exiled there. Not a movie for the kiddies as there's plenty of violence and profanity, I thought it was a clever, funny movie and Brugge itself should have top billing on the credits.

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    In Brugges

    by sourbugger Updated Jan 1, 2011

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    Favorite thing: In Brugges is the name of film that did moderately well, although the dialogue would be little difficult to decipher if you can't get your head around a strong Dublin accent. The plot basically revolves around two small time gangsters hiding out in Brugge. The earthy dialogue is strong, grim and engaging. A couple of examples are given below :

    Early on in the film :

    Ray: Bruges is a ***hole.
    Ken: Bruges *is* not a ***hole.
    Ray: Bruges *is* a ***hole.
    Ken: Ray, we only just got off the ***ing train! Could we reserve judgement on Bruges until we've seen the ***ing place?

    Then later on at the prime tourist site :

    Ken: Coming up?
    Ray: What's up there?
    Ken: The view.
    Ray: The view of what? The view of down here? I can see that down here.
    Ken: Ray, you are about the worst tourist in the whole world.
    Ray: Ken, I grew up in Dublin. I love Dublin. If I grew up on a farm, and was retarded, Bruges might impress me but I didn't, so it doesn't.

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    Homecooked mussles. MMMMMMMMMM.

    by Dizzyhead Updated Oct 20, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Well, if you ever get home to any Belgian family... Ask them to make mussels and it is so delicious. I miss it a lot and if you can go home to anyone, you ask them very kindly if they can make this dish for you! Otherwise you have to order it in a restaurant.

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    Useful phone numbers

    by ealgisi Updated Jan 5, 2010

    Favorite thing: The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.

    Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Belgium:

    Police: 101
    Ambulance / Firebrigade: 100
    Missing children: 110
    Mental problems/suicide: 106

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    Internet Cafe....Teleboutique Brugge..

    by Greggor58 Written May 30, 2009

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    Favorite thing: This is an Internet Cafe ....located at Predikherenstraat 48 ...pretty much at the corner of Langestraat...It was easy to find with a map... : O }

    In addition to computer terminals with Internet connectivity there is available drinks...non alcoholic...and snacks...as well as many telephone booths for telephone access..

    The cost for Internet was about 3 Euros for an hour and the terminals and monitors were new and the connection fairly fast..This Cafe is owned and operated by a Dutch woman that was very helpful and friendly...if I was ever in Brugge again I would use her services without hesitation.

    The hours of operation are from 1000 am until 2200 pm....

    Teleboutique Brugge,Brugge,West Flanders,Belgium. Teleboutique Brugge,Brugge,West Flanders,Belgium.
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    Bruggemuseum Card......Blanket Entrance fee.....

    by Greggor58 Updated May 27, 2009

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    Favorite thing: This Museum Pass was a God Send...and enabled easy access to all of the Museums/Galleries that I was able to manage if a three day visit...for the easy ONE TIME purchase you can save yourself having to reach into your pockets every time you enter a museum or gallery...

    This card was really great value...and I would easily recommend its purchase if you're going to eplore more than a couple of the museums of galleries in Brugge...

    The Historical Museums (Bruggemuseum) is the collective name for 11 historical top-sites...including

    The three day pass that I purchased for 15 Euros got me in to Church of Our Lady,the Bruggemuseum-Stadhuis...or Town Hall, The Sint Janshospital...St John's Hospital, The Arentshuis, and The Groeningemuseum...Just to clarify though....entrance to the Church of Our Lady is in fact free of charge...there is a section that is accessed to the left of Michelangelo's Madonna statue that this pass enables free entry to....The Choir ...and here you will find the tombstones of Mary of Burgundy and her father Charles the Bold.

    Its also good for entry into the Belfry, The Museum of Folklore, The Gruuthuse, The Brugse Vrije, and two of the Windmills...The Koelewei and the Sint Janshuis mills...which I didn't have the time to explore...

    The ticket can be purchased at any of the museums or galleries that are participating in the program...any of the above mentioned locations will be able to provide you with this easy access card!!

    Bruggemuseum Card,Brugge,West Flanders,Belgium.
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