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2016 In Focus

2016 has come to an end, so it’s time for the annual overview. It has become a top 100, which wasn’t an easy selection… Enjoy! Eddy

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Snowshoes (Queyras), December 2016

It has been a while that I did a hiking trip on snowshoes, but last week we made a really nice trip, in the Queyras region in France. Our base was La Maison du Gaudissard. It’s not only a really nice region, the weather was also really nice. Which resulted in a very large amount… Read more »

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Arias and Duets, November 2016

Last WE I was at a small performance where two ladies sang some arias and duets from the most popular operas. I mostly enjoyed the presentation, which was done by my girlfriend. 😉 Eddy

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Museum Broekerveiling, November 2016

An interesting place in Langendijk (see also this post), is the Museum Broekerveiling. It’s an old auction house, where the farmers could sail into with their boats, to get their vegetables auctioned. It is also the starting point for our boat trip with the ‘whisper boat’. Eddy

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The realm of the thousand islands, November 2016

The realm of the thousands islands, that’s how the region of Langendijk (Netherlands) was called. And there indeed used to be thousands of small islands (14000 of them!). Now many of them have disappeared, but there still is a patchwork of canals and islands. The islands were used for farming, now it’s for residential homes…. Read more »

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Port House Antwerp, September 2016

The city of Antwerp has a new landmark: the new Port House, a ‘diamant’ on top of the old Port House. Last WE, during the opening, I had the opportunity to take a quick look inside. Eddy

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Shrimpfisherman on horseback, September 2016

They are UNESCO cultural heritage: the schrimpfisherman on horseback. I had planned for some time to make pictures of them, but for nice pictures you need the right setting, e.g. with the sun in the right place. So I checked their calendar and used a tool (The Photographer’s Ephemeris) to check the position of the… Read more »

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Sainte-Chapelle (Paris), August 2016

The Sainte-Chapelle is definitely one of the hidden treasures of Paris. A small, but beautiful (royal) chapel in Gothic style, with a very large amount of stained glass. On a sunny day, the view is impressive. It must have been a devine experience for the people who visited the chapel in the old days… Eddy

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Passages in Paris, August 2016

It might be one of the lesser known parts of Paris: the covered passages. But they are really interesting to see: they house a lot of interesting shops and little restaurants. Last week I got a private tour throught some of the passages, along with some other parts of Paris. Eddy

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The Gardens of SĂ©ricourt, July 2016

A 1,5 hour drive from Kortrijk, you can find the Gardens of SĂ©ricourt. If you like gardens and happen to be in the neighbourhood, you should certainly visit it. It’s a private initiative and it is more or less the show case of some landscapers. A nice place to wander around… Eddy

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Nord-Pas de Calais (France), July 2016

Now that my ‘second home’ moved to Kortrijk, the north of France is very close. The pictures were taken during some trips in the ‘Nord-Pas de Calais’ department, which is adjacent to the west of Flanders. Eddy

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Herons, July 2016

When the weather permits, I take a walk to the park nearby (every person should take 10.000 steps a day and that’s more than you think…). During these trips, I’ve noticed a heron on several occasions. A beautiful bird! So I took my camera with me a few times. And it seems there is not… Read more »

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Old printing presses, June 2016

It can happen once in a while: a door opens for you and behind the door there is a truly wonderful world… My dear friend Frank Romano asked me to visit a letterpress shop with him during his short stay in Belgium. The owner, Patrick Goossens picked us up and drove us to an old… Read more »

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Landscape Park Duisburg-Nord, June 2016

Last week I was a few days in Germany. One of the days I visited the Landscape Park Duisburg-Nord (Landschafstpark Duisburg-Nord). It used to be an industrial site, with a blast furnace, now it’s an industrial heritage site. The sheer size of the furnace, the plant, the site is immense… And where there used to… Read more »

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Fragile (Zinneke Parade), May 2016

Lots of interesting people in Brussels last Saturday: the Zinneke Parade. The theme of this edition: ‘fragile’. Although the theme was chosen about two years ago, due to the terror attacks in March, it certainly got an extra dimension. The Zinneke Parade wanted to prove that Brussels lives and will live on. On their website,… Read more »

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Ghent Floralies, May 2016

Every five years (or so), there is a big event with flowers in Ghent: the Floralies. Sunday, at the last day of the event, I went there to take some pictures. Most of the pictures were, once again, taken with the Minolta MC Rokkor 58mm f1.2, which is an excellent lens for taking pictures of… Read more »

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Floralia, April 2016

Tulips are blooming, that’s certainly the case at the castle of Groot-Bijgaarden/Grand-Bigard (Belgium), where Floralia Brussels takes place. Also these pictures were made with the Minolta MC Rokkor 58mm f1.2. Really a fun lens to photograph flowers. And yes, I did enhance the colors a tiny bit… 🙂 Eddy PS: pictures from previous editions are here:… Read more »

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Planckendael, April 2016

Spring has arrived and we see new and young life all around. E.g. in the park of Planckendael. The previous time I was there, the circumstances were completely different: it was during a snow storm… Eddy

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Bluebells, April 2016

Spring has arrived and all kinds of flowers are showing their best. E.g. bluebells. There is one place in Belgium which is really famous for its bluebells: Hallerbos. But you can also find them in other places. Earlier this week I found a few in the park around my corner, hidden under some trees. The… Read more »

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Ypres City of Wings, April 2016

City of Wings Ypres is an interesting event, it’s the place where street artists present their new show, this year over 70 different groups. But it’s in April, so sometimes the weather can ruin part of the show… Like yesterday… It was just starting to rain when we arrived, the largest part of the program was… Read more »

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Schoonselhof, March 2016

Schoonselhof is the biggest cemetery in the neighbourhood of Antwerp. It has a large number of really beautiful graves. A number of them are from famous people. But also the older graves, from wealthy families are really georguous. Yesterday we went there for a tour, in between the interesting stories I made some pictures. But… Read more »