Browsing Category : Flanders

A Sea of Bluebells


552 ha (or 1.360 acres) of forest and bluebells: that is the best way to describe the Hallerbos. As the name suggests, the forest is located in Halle, not far from Brussels. The famous bluebells are in season from mid-April until the beginning of May and attract tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world. Lars and I…

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Blankenberge

Soaking Up Some Sun


We Belgians have had too few of these: cold but sunny winter days… On one of such days, Lars and I went to Blankenberge, one of the most popular coastal towns in Belgium. It has about 20.000 inhabitants and attracts tens of thousands of tourists during sunny days. The original pier of Blankenberge dates from 1894 and was one of…

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China Light Zoo Edition 2017/2018 – Part 3


And this is also the final part of this beautiful light festival. Quite a magnificent whale, don’t you think so? We were also lucky enough to see a very special performance. Maybe the pictures don’t say a lot and of course, we should have made a video, but we had forgotten the GoPro. In the second part of this series, I…

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China Light Zoo Edition 2017/2018 – Part 2


The light installations depicted animals, flowers and elements of Chinese legends, fairytales and history and were all assembled by Chinese artists. Some of the assemblings took place in China, the rest in Belgium. The Zoo of Antwerp organizes this light festival in order to celebrate the Chinese New Year. And that is not a coincidence since the Chinese neighbourhood is located…

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China Light Zoo 2017/2018 – Part 1


During the second weekend of December 2017, Lars, 2 of our very best friends and myself visited this colourful event. On a very cold Saturday evening, the four of us found ourselves in the Zoo of Antwerp. It took us 90 minutes to admire – and photograph! – all the magnificent light installations. You could buy the tickets in the zoo…

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Photo Essay – Indian Summer In Duinbergen


You might think I took these pictures in summer… This was actually the last week of September, during a warm and sunny Sunday. The location was Duinbergen, a small Belgian coastal town, not far from the border with the Netherlands. The beginning of September had been cold and wet, so this was quite a treat!

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Photo Essay – The Last Of Summer In Ostend


Things come and go. As do seasons… In the beginning of September, the weather had changed so much that we all thought autumn had come early this year. It was time, so Lars and I thought, for one last trip to the sea. And off we were to Ostend. During one of our first trips, we had spent one week…

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The Grieving Parents

Käthe Kollwitz And The Grieving Parents – Part 2


As I have written in Part I, Peter, the youngest son of Käthe Kollwitz, lost his life in 1914, during World War I. He actually died not far from Diksmuide: he was only 18 and hadn’t even started fighting on the battlefield yet. Peter was originally buried in Roggevelde but later his grave was moved to the German war cemetery in nearby…

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