Bruges by John Vijlbrief

Walking through the winding streets of Bruges, Belgium

Vorige Volgende September 9, 2020, Sunday morning.Awakened by the sun that gives my hotel room an almost golden yellow glow, I jump out of bed and dive into the shower. Less than half an hour later I walk outside. Obviously with the camera hanging by my side. An Angel with an iPhone?Not far from my …

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Le Grand-Hornu Belgium Borinage

World Cultural Heritage UNESCO Borinage, Belgium Le Grand-Hornu I like to take pictures of old industrial buildings. Faded glory… Anyone looking for it has come to the right place in the Borinage of southern Belgium with all its dilapidated coal mines, blast furnaces and railway lines. It is a fantastic area to explore. Fortunately, it …

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Belgium Remains of the Industrial Revolution

World Cultural Heritage UNESCO Belgium Borinage I have read about the UNESCO cultural heritage of Belgium. That’s why I started looking for this in 2018. Old, abandoned factory complexes of an industrial past. After driving around for a bit, I see an industrial estate. There is a sign next to the entrance gate: no entry …

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Van Gogh in the Borinage in Belgium

Previous Next ‘IN YOUR FOOTSTEPS: WHAT VINCENT VAN GOGH SAW’ ROAD TRIP PART 1. Quote: ‘In the Borinage more or less “the artist” van Gogh was born and his artistic development took place.’ Note: All my blogs are summaries of the detailed articles appearing in my magazine JWC. Including the XL photo reports. Painter Vincent …

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Brugge Terras by John Vijlbrief

Faded hotel glory and COVID-19 fear September 2020, Bruges, Belgium

Vorige Volgende Copyright 2021 Stories & Photography by John Vijlbrief Lots of mahogany and the scent of bee wax Three years ago I visited the cosy and beautiful Belgian city of Bruges for the first time. Through a well-known booking site, I had selected a hotel close to one of the gates to this old …

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