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A Photographic Walk in Tallinn – Part 2

After our morning walk, Ingrid and I had become hungry. We decided to drive around until we found a nice place to eat.

Tallinn has more or less 450.000 inhabitants, making it a lot smaller than for example Brussels. It is more relaxing to drive around and the city seems to be more compact and cozy.

Anyway, we finally ended up in a nice restaurant called Gulfstream.

After our tasty meal, we visited the west of Tallinn, which is known for its colored, wooden houses.

We liked this part of town very much; there were less tourists around and the houses were indeed very charming. Our last stop was at the marina, also a charming place, but a lot more crowded.

In our next posts, we show you a completely different side of Estonia: the gastronomical one!

The Ferry Is Waiting for Us

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.

And then we looked for the right ferry…

The Tower Without A Church And The Harbor

30 kilometers to the north of Schwerin is the town of Wismar, our next destination.

One of the landmarks is the 80 meter high tower of the Marienkirche. The church itself was damaged during World War II and completely destroyed in 1960:

And since Wismar is a port town, you can imagine that we couldn’t stay away from the harbor. Since evening was approaching and it was quite misty, I converted these pictures to b&w:

The Other Antwerp – The Village That Resists

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.

 

The Other Antwerp – The River (2)

Our next stop was Fort Liefkenshoek.

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.

The Other Antwerp – The Charming Harbor

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.