Lars and I spent the second half of our first trip of 2014 in our beloved Denmark. We hadn’t made any specific plans about sightseeing, but we were sure of one thing; we wanted to see something completely different.
Lately, we had become aware that during most of our trips we kept on going back to the same places. It was time for a change! The first day, Lars and I went to the harbor of Faaborg.
As I have mentioned before, some villages had to make way for the expansion of the harbor of Antwerp. As you can imagine, not everybody was willing to move. And the village that resisted – and still resists – the most, is Doel.
Every Belgian knows about Doel. We all know and remember the images on television of people protesting against the harbor and the nuclear reactors. We have seen the slogans on the houses. We have seen pictures of sad and angry people in the newspapers.
Since the sixties the people from Doel have been struggling to continue to live there. And the battle isn’t over yet… It is unclear how many people still live there, but most of the houses have been abandoned and have been covered with graffiti. Doel has even become a kind of touristic destination. In the windmill at the embankment there is even a pub. So, after you have walked around and looked at the abandoned houses, you can have a drink and a snack.
Right opposite to Lillo-Fort, on the other side of the river Scheldt, you have Fort Liefkenshoek, which was built at the end of the 16th century. It played a significant role in many wars and conflicts and is nowadays a protected monument. And there is a museum as well, which is devoted to the history of the area. And, last but not least, a cafe-restaurant.
At this place our ways split. Leen and Veerle visited the museum, whereas Lars and I preferred to stay outside. We went to the embankment and after a steep climb, we were treated to these views.
Another favorite of mine: the tiny harbor of Lillo-Fort. I think the pictures speak for themselves…
Can you imagine how this place looks like in summer when it’s flooded by tourists? I am eternally grateful to Leen and Veerle that they showed us this gem when there were not so many people around! And, by the way, while it was cloudy in Brussels, it was sunny in Antwerp.
Photographing the backroads of Europe, exploring beauty and enjoying life at our own pace