25-05-07

The Family Grave

I thought that the concept of a family grave was something typically Belgian and French, but when I visited Valkenburg in The Netherlands more than a year ago, I discovered that the Dutch participate in this as well. I like the light coloured stone used here, in Belgium mostly dark and somber colours are used.
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Ik dacht dat het concept van een familiegraf iets typisch Belgisch en Frans was, maar toen ik meer dan een jaar terug Valkenburg in Nederland bezocht, ontdekte ik dat het idee daar ook ingeburgerd is. Ik hou wel van het feit dat de Nederlanders niet terugschrikken om lichte kleuren te gebruiken, waar Belgen traditioneel voor de meer donkere en sombere steenkleuren gaan.

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05-10-05

Garden

When in Valkenburg end of August, went for a walk to the local castle and discovered it had an attractive garden.

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23-09-05

A Taste of Asia

Nope, I'm not going to say anything unfitting of this sweet young lady.
A Taste of Asia is the name of this great restaurant we frequented in Valkenburg.
And this lovely girl was kind enough to pose for me.
The food was great.

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19-09-05

Marl Sculpture

Another one from the marl caves in Valkenburg.  But this is actually a sculpture.  It took 4 brothers 4 days to complete this wall sculpture.  Only the lance and the reigns are made out of bronze, you cannot carve such fine constructions in the porous marl.  This is, of course, Saint George and the dragon.

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18-09-05

Mosasaurus

When in Valkenburg I visited the marl caves.  70 kilometers of underground manmade tunnels.  No, I didn't walk them the whole length.  Over the years, since the 1800's, a lot of drawings have been made in the caves, by artists who enjoyed the kick of working underground.  This drawing of the Mosasaurus was made somewhere round the end of the 20th century, if I remember rightly.  Interesting is that in the year 2000 scientists discovered a segment of cheeck bone in a quarry near Maastricht confirming the existance of this creature that is believed to have lived in our rivers 65 million years ago.  The drawing is made in charcoal.

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17-09-05

Bikegirls

When I was in Valkenberg, enjoying an exotic meal on the terrace of a trendy restaurant, I noticed these two young girls cycling in the busy 'traffic free' street.
Amazing how they manage to weave between the crowd.

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30-08-05

Limburg - The Netherlands - The Reason Why

This is the reason why I enjoy visiting Limburg in The Netherlands.
I love the nature, the wide open spaces, the rivers and the lakes.
The small towns and villages are very nice as well.
And the people are friendly.
Need I say more?

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