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2011 In Focus

  Today it is the 31th of December, according to our calendar the year has come to an end. It’s a time for everybody to stop and look back and – hopefully – see that everything was good. A time to be grateful for the beautiful moments and to draw wise lessons from the less… Read more »

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Winter Wonders (Brussels), December 2011

  This time of the year there are all kinds of activities, e.g. in Brussels. There it is called ‘Winter Wonders’. The past WE I went there, to see enlighted figures, strange animals in a carroussel (Le Manège d’Andréa) and people enjoying ice scating. Eddy

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Feast of light, December 2011

  Today it is Christmas, among others the feast of light. When I was running around in my house yesterday, I sow how beautifull the sunlight was playing with the glass in a door. Which seemed appropriate for this time of the year. Eddy

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Snow, December 2011

  Usually I’m somewhere in the Alps this time of the year, for a hiking trip on snow shoes. But due to lack of snow (and trips), this year I’m going to spend my vacation at home. This WE it snowed in the Ardennes, so yesterday I went to the ‘Haute Fagnes’ for a hiking… Read more »

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Kunst & Vliegwerk, December 2011

  I haven’t touched my camera for some time, my job has taken a lot of my private time these last months… But this afternoon there was an interesting event: the party of Kunst & Vliegwerk in Antwerp (I’m not sure how I could translate that). With the “Carrousel de l’imaginarium du Capitain Gustav II” and… Read more »

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Zoo Dark, October 2011

  It is an unique opportunity: visiting a Zoo after hours. At the occasion of Antwerp European Capital of Youth 2011 the Zoo of Antwerp was exceptionally open after dark. And this way we could get some insight in what is happening at the zoo after it’s closed. And e.g. we could see that one… Read more »

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important update!

After nearly four years my photo blog got a big update: a new ‘look and feel’, with new blogging software, the use of new technology (web fonts) and a separate domain name for the English version (https://www.thelightpoet.be/). The old blogs (http://english.delichtdichter.be/ and http://eddy.delichtdichter.be/) are NOT updated anymore, but you can still visit them. The new blogs… Read more »

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Bike Polo, September 2011

  Yesterday it was a car-free day in many cities in Belgium, among which Antwerp. One of the many activities was a demonstration of the Antwerp Bike Polo club. Of course interesting to have a look. Eddy PS: yes, I know, many of the images are blurred… 😉

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9/11 in Chicago, September 2011

  Ten years ago, on that September the eleventh, I was also here. I should have flown back to Belgium that day. Which didn’t happen of course. Eventually I could fly back three days later, with one of the first flights that could depart. Those three extra days are the most unreal of my live…… Read more »

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City guerilla in Antwerp, August 2011

  Last week, a city guerilla called ‘Knit the City’ executed their first action in Antwerp. Similar actions have been seen in London, the US, Brazil. The action was planned months upfront. It seems that the guerilleros use pointy objects to achieve their goals. After their first ‘succesfull’ action, they promised to the press that… Read more »

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Val d’Anniviers, August 2011

  After my trip through the former DDR/GDR (see previous blog posts), I’ve spend a week in the mountains, a more ‘common’ destination. This time I went to Val d’Anniviers in Wallis, Switzerland. What should I tell about it? Beautifull region, really nice group and a lot of luck with the weather… As you will… Read more »

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Road trip in the former DDR (GDR), July 2011

  This is the fifth and last series of pictures from my trip to the former DDR (GDR). These are pictures taken on the road. E.g. from a park in Weimar where there is a WWII cemetery from the Russian army, which wasn’t on the plan that I got from the tourist information… On the… Read more »

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Bunker Kossa, July 2011

  The logic of the Cold War was rock solid: both camps were preparing for an atomic war, although both sides knew that it could never be won. Somewhere in the ‘Dübener Heide’ (near Leipzig) a secret bunker complex was constructed at the end of the 1970’s. It was meant to serve as a command… Read more »

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Buchenwald, Dora-Mittelbau, July 2011

  During my trip in the former DDR (GDR) I’ve also visited some memorials to an even earlier period: the camps of Buchenwald and the lesser known Dora-Mittelbau. There is little left of both camps, but the extensive information that is provided gives a good view on how life – and death – in these… Read more »

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Border crossing Marienborn, July 2011

  Marienborn was the most important border crossing for travelling to the DDR (GDR). During our trip to Berlin, 20 years ago, we’ve been queuing a long time at this point. Although the Berlin Wall had already fallen, the BRD and DDR were still two separate countries and there still was a border control. Now… Read more »

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The Iron Curtain, July 2011

  One of the things that I wondered about during the preparation of my trip, is what is still left of the Iron Curtain, the (almost) hermetically closed border between East and West. Well, there are multiple – even many – remnants left, as a memorial to the division, which not only dominated live in… Read more »

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Former DDR (GDR), July 2011

I was born, I grew up during the Cold War. I can still remember the fear for the arsenal of nuclear weapons of the Warsaw Pact and the slow approach after the START and SALT agreements. When the wall fell in 1989 I went, together with two friends, for the first time to the East,… Read more »

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Murga Parade, June 2011

  The weather wasn’t as good as it should have been, but a real Murga lover isn’t afraid of a little water. So the inner city of Antwerp was filled with a huge amount of positive energy: the Murga Parade. It took some time to sort trough the hundreds and hundres of images (25 GB… Read more »

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Holga, June 2011

  Some things are of such a bad quality, that they are appealing. A Holga is one of these things: a plastic camera, with a plastic lens. A really, really basic camera. Recently they introduced their lenses for multiple mounts of ‘normal’ cameras. And with their price setting, I couldn’t resist to order a set…. Read more »