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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Bread and games

in response to Ailsa's Travel theme - HISTORY

Pula, Croatia

Temple of Augustus at...
... Forum square

Analysts say a snap election in September may not solve the political impasse that has prevented Croatia getting a stable government capable of carrying out reforms needed to fix fragile public finances and improve the investment climate.

Neither the main conservative HDZ party - which called a no-confidence vote - nor the biggest opposition party, the Social Democrats, are likely to win an absolute majority.

"Another hung parliament is a distinct possibility ... potentially spelling prolonged political instability in Croatia," the IHS analysis company said.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Feathers

in response to Cee's Fun Foto Challenge

Brussels

Bolivian traditional folk dancer with feather headdress

Monday, August 22, 2016

Brussels in August


Cardinal is hosting The Changing Seasons for the second year
The idea is to capture all the changes of one location throughout the year: the seasons, the weather, different times of the day

This year we can choose (or combine) Version 1 or Version 2:
 V1  Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery (only new shots)
V2 Each month, post one photo (recipe, painting, drawing, whatever) that represents your   interpretation of the month

I will be presenting downtown Brussels in B&W in V1 

the main event in August was the 20th Flower Carpet

which this year had a Japanese theme
(a Japanese crane and a red sun in the middle surrounded by swimming Koi and blooming plants)

it could have been observed from the ground or from one of the balconies,
not without queuing for at least half an hour though

or from your own window

it was the first time that I saw it from above


there were some unusual activities


some nice new wall art


but all in all, rather calm

  









Saturday, August 20, 2016

Round and round...

in response to SKYwatch Friday

Brussels

Disturbing and being distrubed

please feel free to post anything from the past: be it old letters, chest box, costumes, or something from a recent past, or something that is not man-made at all

Paris
Montmartre Cemetery 

The clunky industrial blue iron bridge and the intricately carved stone mausoleums from another era are like mismatched puzzle pieces trying to fit together in this evolving city. 
Baron Haussmann, the man responsible for the transformation of Paris as we know it today, wanted to build a road to Montmartre that would open it up to the West of Paris  as part of his urban planning that saw wide and straight avenues cut through the chaotic mass of small streets of which Paris was then composed. It just so happened that his plan involved trampling all over quite a few graves… As construction of the bridge began and the city of Paris began moving several graves to make room for the giant metal pillars, the protests began. The families whose graves would be disturbed by the bridge were offered new plots, free of charge, but one family in particular, descendants of a French admiral, Charles Baudin, took the case all the way to the French sentate. The project was debated in the senate and eventually the families won the case, halting construction of the bridge.
Only six years later, in 1867, Haussmann managed to find his way around it and despite strong opposition, the bridge was finally built, leaving countless graves in the perpetual shadow of Parisian urbanisation.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wordless Wednesday

in response to Wordless Wednesday

Brussels

 A musical theme is especially composed for each edition of Brussels' Flower Carpet.
In the evening,   there is a concert on the Grand-Place accompanied by a spectacle of light and sound.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Writing

in response to Ailsa's Travel theme - WRITING
After last week’s sporty theme I thought something more cerebral might serve to balance things out, so here’s an homage to writing in all its variations

A large portion of Iceland's road system is made up of gravel roads, even some of the main highways, and more so as you get further away from Reykjavik and larger towns so cars get dirty very fast.

Hands





Pull the rug out

in response to Our World Tuesday 
Where family-friendly bloggers share images of their world and tell us a little bit of the story about the place

Every 2 years the Grand-Place in Brussels is covered with a flower carpet of begonias. The carpet of 77 m x 24 m is composed by about 120 volunteers, with nearly one million begonias.


The 20th Flower Carpet celebrated 150 years of diplomatic relations and friendship between Belgium and Japan. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Don't pluck flowers

in response to Sue's image-in-ing

Brussels' flower carpet
The 20th Flower Carpet celebrated 150 years of diplomatic relations and friendship between Belgium and Japan. The theme  drew its inspiration from Japanese representations of flowers, birds, the wind and the moon to depict the beauty of nature.

Monochrome Madness

in response to Leanne's Monochrome Madness 3 - 18


Sunday, August 14, 2016

No doping needed

in response to Paula's B&W Sunday - FAVOURITE
This week I want you to post a photo of your “favourite”. Be it a place, a thing, a person, a pastime or your holiday. Your favourite anything. 

Flanders 
(northern part of Belgium)
My favourite pastime:cycling through Flemish countryside

Flanders is a paradise for cyclists. It has an extensive network of cycle routes that take you past beautiful places and attractions. Intersection is where two or more cycle paths come together. You can cycle a route by following the signs from one numbered intersection to the next. Every intersection is signposted with a rectangular sign. This way you can put together your own route. You decide which intersections you want to go through and how long or demanding your tour is. You can trace out your intended route on a map or the internet and note down the numbers of the intersections in the order you want to take on your trip. And you can always change your route on the way, of course. The possibilities are endless.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Happy face

in response to The Weekend in B&W

Brussels

Fun

in response to WPC - FUN
This week’s theme is simple: share a photo of something fun! Let’s all shake our booties, literal or figurative.

Brussels

SKYwatch Friday

in response to SKYwatch Friday

Boom, Belgium

Monday, August 8, 2016

A little dab of colour

in response to Sue's image-in-ing


Handcrafted

in response to Our World Tuesday
Where family-friendly bloggers share images of their world and tell us a little bit of the story about the place

Brussels

Sunday, August 7, 2016

B&W Weekend

in response to The Weekend in B&W

Brussels

Coming from above...

in response to Paula's B&W Sunday - FROM ABOVE

Brussels

16m hight

5-6m hight
Jump iT is the first Belgian cascade company that allows the public to jump into the void and fall safely into a giant air bag

Shadow shot Sunday

in response to Shadow shot Sunday

Brussels

Saturday, August 6, 2016

When I say jump...

in response to Ailsa's Travel theme - SPORT
The Rio Olympics are officially underway so what better way to celebrate than to explore the world of sport for this week’s travel theme

Brussels
Jump iT is the first cascade company in Belgium that allows the public to jump into the void and fall safely into a giant air bag.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Our World Tuesday

in response to Our World Tuesday
Where family-friendly bloggers share images of their world and tell us a little bit of the story about the place

somewhere in Flanders (Belgium), on the canal Leuven - Dijle

Monday, August 1, 2016