31-12-05

Best Wishes Card

So, I've nearly been home a week, and I've finally found the right photo for my "Best Wishes Card" to my cyberfriends.
I'd taken this photo before, but without the snow.
But snow does add that touch of magic, doesn't it?
 

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29-12-05

Windowshopping

It snowed over here today.  So we had a white carpet for about two hours.  No more than that, as temperatures stayed just about freezing point and the sun provided us with a brilliant sky after the clouds had emptied.  I had promised my son to drive into town to his favorite shop.  Of course this photo is a give away.  If you cannot guess by the ornament in the window, have a look at the reflection in the anorak of the gentleman on our left.
And I'm sure you'll have no trouble guessing the nationality of the two men?
Or do you think a native of Oostende would wear a hat like that?
 

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One last one from the Brussels' Christmas Scene

The Ferris Wheel again, in full splendour, but with the ice skating rink in front of it.
It has become a desease in Belgium, no self respecting town can be without its ice skating rink round Christmas time.  Difficult to manage, because the temperature usually stays rather agreable even in winter here.  I don't think it has frozen that much yet.

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27-12-05

Wheel Brussels

A cutout of the ferris wheel in Brussels, part of the Christmas market attractions.
My friend Razzi made a far better cutout than I did : http://www.razziphoto.com/wordpress/wp-content/photos/CRW...
But then Razzi is the champion :-)

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26-12-05

Stock Exchange Brussels

So this is what the stock exchange looked like in Brussels on December 23rd.
They were projecting blue stripes on the building.
Amazing how Christmas has become high tech.
 

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25-12-05

Grande Place Brussels 2

Merry Christmas, everybody!
A different view of the central square in Brussels.
 

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23-12-05

Grande Place Brussels

A Christmas tree ball view of the Grande Place (central market place) in Brussels.
Beat this, Gerda.  I'm referring to the super funny photo's my dear friend Gerda has been publishing on her blog these last days http://gerdayd.web-log.nl/

I find it a dreadful shame that the authorities have had to put fencing up around the inflated globes.
But they caught a young couple making love inside one of the spheres earlier this week, so they want to make it a but more difficult to access them.
 
Have a great Christmas, everybody!!

 

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22-12-05

Art in Brussels

Discovered this the other day.
Don't know how long it has been there.
Rather like it.
Cheers up the place a bit.

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Galeries Saint-Hubert: lifelike

Amazing how lifelike they make manequins today.
Do you remember the manequin dolls in the shop windows when you were young?
I do.
Frightning they were.
Today they are lifelike and attractive.
Amazing.

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20-12-05

Galeries Saint-Hubert 2

Majestic architecture, not?
And this alien can do it on one ski.
That is not easy way high in the mall.
The odd colour is caused by the festive lighting, don't think I got the white balance wrong :-)

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19-12-05

Christmas Tree

How about this alternative Christmas tree?  Found in the window of a rather exclusive handbag shop in the Galeries Saint Hubert in Brussels.
I'm didn't have much time, I was on my way to an early meeting.  I took this photo with the G3 and managed to get the handbags at the foot of the tree overexposed.
Sorry about that, but the tree is ok and that was my main target.
No, I'm afraid I didn't get a handbag for my wife.
The shop wasn't open yet, hahaha :-)

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17-12-05

Galeries Saint Hubert

Went to see the Christmas decorations in Brussels' Galeries Saint-Hubert.
A white sheet suspended over the middle of the top of the Galeries makes you think of snow, and they've suspended sci fi figures on skis, snowboards.  With festive lighting, of course.
It is rather special.
For those of you who don't know the Galaries Saint-Hubert: they are the oldest galeries of Europe, it is in fact what Americans call a shopping mal.  So is is a 200 metres covered road with shops, but it is, of course, very much like a museum, given the fact that construction started in 1845.
A must visit when you go to Brussels, and the galeries are very close to the central market square.

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15-12-05

Nele & Nelle

So, this is the one (last one) I like most of Nele.
The lighthouse is called Lange Nelle or Long Nelle.
Coincidence.
I love going for walks in the harbour area.
Always so much to see and shoot.

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14-12-05

Nele: just come in from sea

Ah, the sea, the sea.  A good book by Iris Murdoch.
A romantic looking craft, Nele.
I have an even better photo of her, but I'm saving that for tomorrow

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13-12-05

Nele

Not what you expected to see, judging by the title?
Yet: this Nele is very pretty, you know.
Wanna see more?

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12-12-05

Royal Denmark

Copenhagen, near to the royal palace.
Rather busy, a lot of Asian tourists, but I tried to find a quiet moment.
Copenhagen is really quite easy going, this photo was taken in the beginning of August.

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11-12-05

The Birds

A film by Hitchcock I saw as a young boy.  Always remembered that film.
Kinda scary, of course.
My wife witnessed a flock of seaguls swarm down and tear apart our plastic bag with household rubbish on our terrace out back.  It contained the remains of a roast chicken, the birds violently pecked at it and each other.  It is rather cold outside.

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08-12-05

Fishing Boats

A Sunday afternoon a while ago.  Autumn and sunny.
Fishing boats in rest.
Watertower in the background.
Such an everyday, ordinary photo, and yet I like it.

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07-12-05

Collector

So collect stamps.
I collect photos.
I have this neighbour with a collection that is not to easy to house.
You cannot dematerialize it nor keep it in an album.

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06-12-05

Wouter Claes

And this is Wouter Claes, a very sympathetic guy who won the Flemmish mens singles championships last Sunday.  A very strong doubles and mixed doubles player, I'm glad he managed to prove he is Flanders' best in singles as well.

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Nathalie Descamps

Since yesterday Nathalie can call herself Flemmish champion ladies singles, doubles and mixed doubles.  Doubles with Katrien Claes, mix with Wouter Claes.
No surprise, she won last year and she is the Belgian champion.
Well played, Nathalie, better than ever.

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05-12-05

Badminton : so now I know

I spent Saturday at the Flemish championships.  Great play.
I'd like to thank Charlotte for explaining to me what badminton is.
The last but one expression, that is invisible thanks to the crease, is Drop.  Very important in badminton, the dropshot.

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02-12-05

Little Red Restaurant

Nîmes again.  I dindn't eat there.  It was closed.  But it looked like a nice little corner.

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01-12-05

Juggler's Shop

I didn't go inside this shop in Paris, in the marais area, not so far from the Hotel de Ville (town hall).
Looks rather unique, though.
The least you can say: very colourful.

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