Magda Indigo photography

+ TOUR of EUROPE, 04 2016

LEAVING DOVER, MIDNIGHT...
CAMPINE...
Of roads, the story continues.
ENTER GERMANY...
SPRING in BREMEN...
RAIN, RAIN and RAIN...

CRANES of Hamburg...
Elbe tunnel... Hamburg
Enter Denmark
Danish architecture…
The New Little Belt Bridge (Nye Lillebæltsbro) ...
ARRIVED…
Breakfast in FUNEN...
DANISH HOSPITALITY...
FIELD and FARM, DENMARK...
ANOTHER BRIDGE...over The Great Belt
Great Belt Bridge... Denmark
BRIDGE and Sprogø island...
GREAT BELT BRIDGE... DENMARK
BRIDGE... Denmark
BRIDGE in the MIRROR, Denmark
Kobenhavn, A FIRST ENCOUNTER, THE SKYLINE
COLOURFUL COPENHAGEN…
NAUTICAL COPENHAGEN…
NAUTICAL NYHAVN,COPENHAGEN…
NYHAVN, my favourite things...
NYHAVN...CORDAGE.
ICONIC,THE LITTLE SEA-MERMAID
MODERN COPENHAGEN…
THE BRIDGE at NIGHT.
KERTEMINDE…
KERTEMINDE Architecture…
KERTEMINDE FJORD 1…
A WHIFF of SPRING…

Köhlbrandbrücke, Hamburg
From HAMBURG- to BREMEN…
FOREVER MORE RAIN…
THE GLADE…
BREMEN SUNSET...
ALSO SAW THE LIGHT…
BREMEN in the NIGHT
FLOWERS in BREMEN...
TULIPS GALORE!
DIE BREMER STADTMUSIKANTEN…
The Bremen ROLAND...
DIE HANDELSKAMMER BREMEN.
LOW LANDS AND BIG SKIES...
HOLLAND’S GLORY…
EVENING, ROTTERDAM…
UNIQUE VIEW…
THE VAN BRIENENOORD BRIDGE...
Cornmeal ‘DE HOOP” ...
HELLEVOETSLUIS,ARRIVAL…
TALK ABOUT BLUE HOUR…
TWO LOVE-BIRDS, GREBES…
A LAZY DAY…
WE ARE SAILING…
HELLEVOETSLUIS: RELAXING…
HOLLAND: of course: WINDMILL...
LAND of SAILORS…
SHELLFISH BANKS…
GOEREE-OVERFLAKKEE…
GOEREE-OVERFLAKKEE…
WHAT DO I SEE?
FIELDS of TULIPS...
COLOUR amongst the TREES.
SEA of PINK, tulips
EIGHT WONDER of the WORLD…
ANOTHER TUNNEL, TERNEUZEN.
HAPPY COLOURS in Breskens.
MY BELOVED FLANDERS…
A FLANDERS SUNSET…
A DAY of REST…
A FLANDERS VILLAGE: HOUTAVE...
BRUGGE PATRIMONY...
ICONIC BRUGGE…
A CANAL VIEW… BRUGGE
ANOTHER CANAL VIEW…
THE TURRETS of BRUGGE…
St. Bonifacius Bridge
ALONG THE BEGUINAGE…
THE WEAVER…
THE WEAVE &SHUTTLE...
A FAMOUS CANAL VIEW…
BLIND DONKEY STREET…
KNOCK KNOCK… in BRUGES
A SPECIAL FACADE… The Chapel of the Holy Blood
THE ROMAN PART…
Romanesque architecture…
VIEW of THE BURG….
BRUGGE, Chapel of the Holy Blood
THE GOTHIC HALL…
MORE GOTHIC HALL…
Corbels…
Corbels…
GOTHIC HALL, THE MANTELPIECE…
GOTHIC HALL. More Detail…
HIDDEN BRUGGE…
BRUGGE THE BEAUTIFUL…
BRUGGE THE ROMANTIC…
BRUGGE THE INTERESTING…
BRUGGE THE BELFRY…
BRUGGE THE OFFICIAL…
BRUGGE THE HISTORIC…
BRUGGE THE CATHOLIC…
BRUGGE THE MYSTERIOUS...
BRUGGE THE SURPRISING…
BRUGGE THE ICONIC…
BRUGGE THE MAGIC…
BRUGES S’EVEILLE…
Brugge, IT’S A NEW DAY…
GRAND ENTRANCE to GRUUTHUSE
Brugge, St BONIFACIUS HOUSE
SWEET BRUGGE…
UN AMOUR de SWANN…
SASHUIS Brugge…
THE BEGUINAGE…
THE BEGUINAGE HOUSES…
SERENITY...
MINNEWATER Brugge…
BRUGGE, REFLECTIONS...
SPRING in BRUGES…
HISTOIRE de SWAN…
ETERNAL BRUGGE…
The "Beer Wall" RIDE…
A FLANDERS’ RHYTHM…
VANISHING POINT…
FLANDERS’ BEAUTY…
TOWN HALL DAMME…
A BRUGGE SKYLINE…
A FLANDERS’ EVENING…
PEACE at SEA…
A FIERY KISS TO THE NIGHT
OF SUNSET-CHASERS…
A MOMENT in TIME…
DRAMA in the SKY…
TAKE ME HOME…
WARM HUE on the DUNES…
AFTERGLOW…
A MONO SEA…
FLAT FLANDERS FARM…
WILLEM in NIRVANA…
LA PLAGE… Bray-Dunes
VIEW SOUTH… Bray-Dunes
A SILENT MOMENT…
A DELICACY for SUNDAY…
VIEUX JEUX...
VIEUX JEUX 2...
ANGELUS...
MONEYPENNY…
GERANIUM, CRANESBILL…
OSTEND in the rain…
LA PLAGE DESERTE…
REFLECTION of OLD OSTEND…
FROM THE WEST… OSTEND PLAGE
NO MATTER WHAT WEATHER…
NO WIND TODAY???
BRACING the weather in STYLE…
ON THE FERRY HOME…
DOVER in the NIGHT…
RED RIDER in Damme…

LEAVING DOVER, MIDNIGHT...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 A break from the flowers, the colour-weeks done, enjoyed it. So, we are back, we toured/explored Northern Europe for 16 days, 6 countries, it was amazing. Acquired lots of new info, brought back many images. Met many lovely people. We left on the Friday the first of April (no joke) for the midnight Ferry Dover to Dunkirk, 2 hours at sea. Here leaving England… the adventure begins. We have neither planned or booked anything, want to be FREEEE! Hope you are all well. Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

CAMPINE...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 4 We drive passed Antwerp, towards Holland. The weather is beautiful, balmy. Since we drove over 3000 miles (about 5000 kilometres) in total, I took many photos from the car, which makes it often look quite impressionistic? Of course we stop regularly, however, these pit stops are never the most photogenic. The landscape has already changed, less open, more trees. The Campine ( in French) or De Kempen (in Dutch) is a natural region situated chiefly in north-eastern Belgium and parts of the south-eastern Netherlands which once consisted mainly of extensive moors, tracts of sandy heath, and wetlands. It encompasses a large northern and eastern portion ofAntwerp province and adjacent parts of Limburg in Belgium, as well as portions of the Dutch province of North Brabant (area southwest of Eindhoven). Our entire journey takes us through a big part of the Great European Plain ( North European Plain ), the plain stretches from the Pyrenees mountains and the French coast of the Bay of Biscay over Normandy, half of Belgium, Holland, Northern Germany, Denmark, South Sweden in the west to the Russian Ural Mountains in the east. In Western Europe, the plain is relatively narrow (mostly within 200 miles) in the northern part of Europe, but it broadens significantly toward its eastern part in Western Russia. Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Of roads, the story continues.

Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ENTER GERMANY...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Still Day 4 We enter Germany, making good progress. The roads are not as good as we expected, but the fast driving is fun and feels safe. Passing Osnabrück, Paul decides to push on to Bremen. We find a nice hotel in the center, parking is, like everywhere in Europe (?) now a big problem… Cars in every street stacked bumper to bumper. Along the river Weser, all the eateries and terraces are lit and filled with people enjoying the mild evening, quite festive. A pleasant meal, very friendly service, Paul tries a Franziskaner Weissbier, and loves it, I think he deserves a second one after all the driving! Another stroll along the silent river, see Paul’s image. We decide to explore the old city in the morning... Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SPRING in BREMEN...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 5 After a proper German Continental breakfast of Pumpernickel and other lovely, nutty bread, and I cannot help noticing how everything they serve is organic/bio… we are ready to embark on our next lap of the tour. No Bremen explore, because it is pissing with rain. It makes photographing from the car a little more ‘interesting’! Spring in Bremen. We set off for Copenhagen the capital of Denmark. Thanksfor your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

RAIN, RAIN and RAIN...


Tour of Europe 04 2016 
 Day 5 a 
 The weather is definitely not conducive for drive-by photography, yet I am not going to complain about rain, have to take it as it comes! 
I like the different mood it creates, the green seems greener? There are still some tones in the sky. Thanks for your visits and comments, M, (*_*)
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CRANES of Hamburg...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
 Day 5 b Hamburg… the ring around this city is never-ending, for about 10 minutes or more, left and right: nothing but massive cranes. Hamburg… the Elbe tunnel, the river above us must be wide. Man has achieved some awesome things! Hamburg… Lots of road-works, building of new bridges and widening the autobahn, on both sides. The road is bumpy, the photos hit and miss, well more miss than hit? LOL Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Elbe tunnel... Hamburg

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 5 b Hamburg… the ring around this city is never-ending, for about 10 minutes or more, left and right: nothing but massive cranes. Hamburg… the Elbe tunnel, the river above us must be wide. Man has achieved some awesome things! Hamburg… Lots of road-works, building of new bridges and widening the autobahn, on both sides. The road is bumpy, the photos hit and miss, well more miss than hit? LOL Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Enter Denmark

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 5 c Enter Denmark… Rain all the way. We cross over and under the big river Elbe. Eventually I spot the sign, in between two window swipes: DENMARK… Everything changes, a language I do not understand, different bread, really good again, different toilets! Different currency, Danish Krone. Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Danish architecture…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 5 c Rain all the way. We cross over and under the big river Elbe. Eventually I spot the sign, in between two window swipes: DENMARK… The architecture changes, not so much the land. And still, it rains. Hope you enjoy? Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

The New Little Belt Bridge (Nye Lillebæltsbro) ...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 5 c The New Little Belt Bridge (Nye Lillebæltsbro) in, the rain... yes you guessed ! LOL Getting closer to our destination, we cross a beautiful bridge. The New Little Belt Bridge, Nye Lillebæltsbro is a suspension bridge that crosses the Little Belt strait between Jutland (Jylland) and the island of Funen (Fyn) in Denmark. The bridge is 1700 metres long, the main span is 600 metres, the pylons reaching a height of 120 metres, and the maximum clearance from the sea is 44 meters. Opened:October 21, 1970, the bridge was constructed to alleviate congestion on the Old Little Belt Bridge due to the increasing car traffic between Jutland and Funen. It is a motorway on the E20 bridge with three-lane carriageways as opposed to the single lanes of the old bridge. The bridge has heating in the road deck, so it can be kept free of ice and snow in winter. Passing through Little Belt Bridge is toll free… amazing. Hope you enjoy? Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ARRIVED…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 5 c Glad we arrived, the drive was hard on the eyes, trying to peer through the rain. We are welcomed at the old farmhouse where we will spend the night... by a very kind lady, Solveigh. She even books a restaurant for us in a converted old hospital for the poor, low ceilings, white walls, stone floors. I eat something with smoked salmon, and the best bread ever! The Danish eat early we hear! Our lodging is between Kerteminde and Nyborg, on the island of Funen Funen (Fyn) is Denmark's second largest island, situated between the island of Zealand and mainland Denmark (Jutland). . Hope you enjoy? Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Breakfast in FUNEN...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
 Day 6 It is a windy night, I lie, listening to it shaving everything, now and then a whistle, so nice when you are cosy, cuddled up under the duvet… We wake up, well rested to the song of birds. We were asked what time we wanted to be served breakfast. A feast awaits us in the beautiful living room. The owners are the kindest people. Genuinely concerned about the well being of their guests. They have not asked for ‘before hand’ payment, this kind of trust is unusual, but very refreshing. I am deeply moved. As we plan to visit Copenhagen, we are informed about a few things, all interesting, in fact we are so enchanted, that we ask if we can stay another night! Here, Paul enjoying the copious breakfast Hope you enjoy? Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DANISH HOSPITALITY...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 6 DANISH HOSPITALITY... The candles on the tables, all so cosy and welcoming in the traditional style. I am giving you the 'short' version! As you can imagine, I came back with lots of photos! Although I do try and use my digital camera as much as I can, as a film camera: EVERY SHOT COSTS! LOL Thank you for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FIELD and FARM, DENMARK...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 6 Morning in Denmark... It is dry with still a brisk wind. A large green field next to the farm stretches onto another farm. I see that the progression of Spring is much like in Yorkshire, after all we are geographically on the same ‘height’. The daffodils varying from trembling open to holding back in bud, LOL. But there are some signs, some trees are sprouting and here and there, you see some tentative blossoms. More in the South, Belgium/Holland where the jolly yellow splashes were full on or gone already! Thank you for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ANOTHER BRIDGE...over The Great Belt

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 6 Suddenly, this appears, great excitement! Now I’ll probably bore you to death, because I got so many good ones of it! The Great Belt Fixed Link (Danish: Storebæltsforbindelsen) runs between the Danish islands of Zealand and Funen. The "Great Belt Bridge" (Danish: Storebæltsbroen) commonly refers to the suspension bridge, although it may also be used to mean the box-girder bridge or the link in its entirety. The suspension bridge, officially known as the East Bridge, has the world's third longest main span (1.6 km), and the longest outside of Asia. It was designed by the Danish engineering firms COWI and Ramboll. After more than five decades of speculation and debate, the decision to construct the link was made in 1986. At an estimated cost of DKK 21.4 billion (1988 prices),the link is the largest construction project in Danish history. Operation and maintenance are performed by A/S Storebælt under Sund & Bælt. Construction and maintenance are financed by tolls on vehicles and trains. The link has reduced travel times significantly; previously taking about an hour by ferry, the Great Belt can now be crossed in about ten minutes. More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Belt_Fixed_Link Thank you for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Great Belt Bridge... Denmark

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 6 More of the bridge, closer now And we're off, Copenhagen here we come! Suddenly, this appears, great excitement! Now I’ll probably bore you to death, because I got so many good images of it! The Great Belt Fixed Link (Danish: Storebæltsforbindelsen) runs between the Danish islands of Zealand and Funen. The "Great Belt Bridge" (Danish: Storebæltsbroen) commonly refers to the suspension bridge, although it may also be used to mean the box-girder bridge or the link in its entirety. The suspension bridge, officially known as the East Bridge, has the world's third longest main span (1.6 km), and the longest outside of Asia. It was designed by the Danish engineering firms COWI and Ramboll. After more than five decades of speculation and debate, the decision to construct the link was made in 1986. At an estimated cost of DKK 21.4 billion (1988 prices),the link is the largest construction project in Danish history. Operation and maintenance are performed by A/S Storebælt under Sund & Bælt. Construction and maintenance are financed by tolls on vehicles and trains. The link has reduced travel times significantly; previously taking about an hour by ferry, the Great Belt can now be crossed in about ten minutes. More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Belt_Fixed_Link Thank you for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRIDGE and Sprogø island...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
 Day 6 AN ISLAND LIES AGAINST THE BRIDGE... WITH A LIGHTHOUSE, PROTECTED?
 The "old" Sprogø and lighthouse, Sprogø is a small island with area of 164 ha in the middle of the Great Belt.
After the establishment of the bridges, the area around quadrupled to 1.52 km². Sprogø was listed in 1987 , a year before the adoption of the Great Belt Bridge in parliament . 
 The bridge project have therefore had to take into account the old lighthouse, albeit it is not possible to stop and is not lit. The southern part of the island is protected and closed to the public for a crop of bell frogs and the special flora , which is subject to the special Great Belt climate with little rainfall and many hours of sunshine. More here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Belt_Fixed_Link
Thank you for your visits and comments, M, (*_*)
 For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com
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GREAT BELT BRIDGE... DENMARK

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
 Day 6 Taking us ever higher. I am thrilled, love bridges. Always amazed the good man can make! For all the info on the Great Belt Fixed Link (Danish: Storebæltsforbindelsen) runs between the Danish islands of Zealand and Funen, read here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Belt_Fixed_Link Thank you for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) 
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BRIDGE... Denmark

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
 Day 6 The big advantage of driving a British car on the Continent is that I, as a photographer I sit in the middle of the road, not the driver. Often a great vantage point! Photos all taken driving/passenger. LOL For all the info on the Great Belt Fixed Link (Danish: Storebæltsforbindelsen) runs between the Danish islands of Zealand and Funen, read here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Belt_Fixed_Link Thank you for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) 
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BRIDGE in the MIRROR, Denmark

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
 Day 6 I look back in the mirror and like the view, I enjoyed the ride crossing that link between Funen, the island where we stay and the island of Zealand, the locals call it The Devil Island, I am told because THAT is where the laws are made and the decisions made on how much taxes people will be charged: Copenhagen!!! The big advantage of driving a British car on the Continent is that I, as a photographer I sit in the middle of the road, not the driver. Often a great vantage point! I might startle other passing drivers, thinking I am photographing whilst driving? LOL For all the info on the Great Belt Fixed Link (Danish: Storebæltsforbindelsen) runs between the Danish islands of Zealand and Funen, read here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Belt_Fixed_Link Thank you for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) 
For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com
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Kobenhavn, A FIRST ENCOUNTER, THE SKYLINE

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
 Day 6 COPENHAGEN… A FIRST ENCOUNTER, THE SKYLINE Originally a Viking fishing village founded in the 10th century, Copenhagen became the capital of Denmark in the early 15th century. The name of the city reflects its origin as a harbour and a place of commerce. The original designation, from which the contemporary Danish name derives, was Køpmannæhafn, meaning "merchants' harbour", often simply Hafn or Havn ("harbour"). The English cognate would be "Chapman's haven". The English name for the city was adapted from its Low German name, Kopenhagen. Copenhagen is the major economic and financial centre of Denmark. The city's economy is based largely on services and commerce. The city skyline features many towers and spires as we can see here. Thank you for your visits and comments, M, (*_*)
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COLOURFUL COPENHAGEN…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
 Day 6 Nyhavn (New Harbour) is a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen, Denmark. Stretching from Kongens Nytorv to the harbour front just south of the Royal Playhouse, it is lined by brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants. The canal harbours many historical wooden ships. Nyhavn was constructed by King Christian V from 1670 to 1673, dug by Swedish prisoners of war from the Dano-Swedish War 1658–1660. It is a gateway from the sea to the old inner city at Kongens Nytorv (King's Square), where ships handled cargo and fishermen’s' catch. I t was notorious for beer, sailors, and prostitution. Danish author Hans Christian Andersen lived at Nyhavn for some 18 years. Thank you for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) 
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NAUTICAL COPENHAGEN…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
 Day 6

 Whether you like it or not, sometimes you do become a typical tourist, and arrive at a popular site, a place you have often seen pictured but never experienced in person. This is it then!
Apart from the crowds which I try to ignore, I am in my element, love everything ’nautical’.
Nyhavn (New Harbour) is a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen, Denmark. 
Stretching from Kongens Nytorv to the harbour front just south of the Royal Playhouse, it is lined by brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants. 
The canal harbours many historical wooden ships.
Nyhavn was constructed by King Christian V from 1670 to 1673, dug by Swedish prisoners of war from the Dano-Swedish War 1658–1660. 
It is a gateway from the sea to the old inner city at Kongens Nytorv (King's Square), where ships handled cargo and fishermen’s' catch. I
t was notorious for beer, sailors, and prostitution. 
Danish author Hans Christian Andersen lived at Nyhavn for a number of years. Thank you for your visits and comments, M, (*_*)
 For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com
Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

NAUTICAL NYHAVN,COPENHAGEN…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 6 one of my favourite things: folds and rings... Whether you like it or not, sometimes you do become a typical tourist, and arrive at a popular site, a place you have often seen pictured but never experienced in person. This is it then! Apart from the crowds which I try to ignore, I am in my element, love everything ’nautical’. Nyhavn (New Harbour) is a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen, Denmark. Stretching from Kongens Nytorv to the harbour front just south of the Royal Playhouse, it is lined by brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants. The canal harbours many historical wooden ships. Nyhavn was constructed by King Christian V from 1670 to 1673, dug by Swedish prisoners of war from the Dano-Swedish War 1658–1660. It is a gateway from the sea to the old inner city at Kongens Nytorv (King's Square), where ships handled cargo and fishermen’s' catch. I t was notorious for beer, sailors, and prostitution. Danish author Hans Christian Andersen lived at Nyhavn for a number of years. Thank you for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

NYHAVN, my favourite things...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 6 COPENHAGEN… one of my favourite things: folds and rings, sails and ropes... Whether you like it or not, sometimes you do become a typical tourist, and arrive at a popular site, a place you have often seen pictured but never experienced in person. This is it then! Apart from the crowds which I try to ignore, I am in my element, love everything ’nautical’. Nyhavn (New Harbour) is a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen, Denmark. Stretching from Kongens Nytorv to the harbour front just south of the Royal Playhouse, it is lined by brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants. The canal harbours many historical wooden ships. Nyhavn was constructed by King Christian V from 1670 to 1673, dug by Swedish prisoners of war from the Dano-Swedish War 1658–1660. It is a gateway from the sea to the old inner city at Kongens Nytorv (King's Square), where ships handled cargo and fishermen’s' catch. I t was notorious for beer, sailors, and prostitution. Danish author Hans Christian Andersen lived at Nyhavn for a number of years. Thank you for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

NYHAVN...CORDAGE.

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 6 one of my favourite things: ropes,folds and rings... Whether you like it or not, sometimes you do become a typical tourist, and arrive at a popular site, a place you have often seen pictured but never experienced in person. This is it then! Apart from the crowds which I try to ignore, I am in my element, love everything ’nautical’. Thank you for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ICONIC,THE LITTLE SEA-MERMAID

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 6 ICONIC COPENHAGEN… We spend a lovely day in Copenhagen, admiring , photographing. The sun came out, we enjoyed our day. Copenhagen is old, full of Art, but has not got that ‘capital’ feel, like Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam , London, no, it is more like Dublin… Now we can not leave without a visit to ‘THE LITTLE SEA-MERMAID’, (Danish: Den lille havfrue), the fairy tale by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen about a young mermaid willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul. I grew up with his fairy-tales! In the evening, we find the statue. Some people are disappointed by its size, not me, I think it is lovely, maybe a bit ‘lost’ about the place where it is, somewhat outside of the center… but hey, there must be a reason. Paul goes down lower for his photo., you get a sense of proportion? Thank you for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MODERN COPENHAGEN…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 6 We spend a lovely day in Copenhagen, admiring , photographing a lot. We enjoyed the beauty of the old buildings in the center and now, on our way back to the farm near Nyborg where we are staying, we discover (from the car once more) the grandeur of their modern architecture. This is just one sample, impressive. Thank you for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE BRIDGE at NIGHT.

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 6 After a harrowing hours drive, we are crossing the bridge once more. Leaving Copenhagen, it was raining again, so heavy that you could not see the already faint markings on the road, DANGEROUS. Lots of works also, it is not a pleasant drive! Till we are here again. For all the info on the Great Belt Fixed Link (Danish: Storebæltsforbindelsen), read here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Belt_Fixed_Link Thank you for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) 
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KERTEMINDE…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 7 After another good night at the farm, another great breakfast and a fond farewell to our hosts, we decide not to hit the main roads but explore the locality a little, The weather is blustery, the wind tearing at us however the sun is out and caressing us! We follow a small road and end up in Kerteminde, the 1000 year old landing harbour and fishing town in the watershed between two worlds: In the middle of the fjord and belt, Kerteminde has become special, a mixture of provincial town and a gateway to the world. The men of the sea have always had influence in Kerteminde, but to-day the fishermen are not alone in the bay. One can see thousands of yachts come into the big marina during the year. Narrow streets, small houses with red roofs and big old merchant houses draw visitors. In the small town which King Erik of Pomerania gave the status of a market town on 7th December 1413, history is all around you: the re-found old town well in the main street and in the old half-timbered merchant houses.I t is a small harbour town surrounded by farms and a favourite with Danish people. It lies in a bay, on the Great Belt, the strait that connects the Baltic with the Atlantic. We see fishing boats, we see yachts, we see old buildings in interesting architecture. We want to get a feel of daily life in Denmark. Thank you for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) 
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KERTEMINDE Architecture…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 7 Who says you cannot take ‘good’ photos midday? LOL. I love the shadows and the light here. That’s once more what makes it? Thank you for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) 
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KERTEMINDE FJORD 1…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 7 KERTEMINDE FJORD 1… We decide not to hit the main roads but explore the locality a little. The weather is blustery, the wind tearing at us however the sun is out and caressing us! We follow a small road and end up in Kerteminde, the 1000 year old landing harbour and fishing town in the watershed between two worlds: In the middle of the fjord and belt, Kerteminde has become special, a mixture of provincial town and a gateway to the world. It is a small harbour town surrounded by farms and a favourite with Danish people. It lies in a bay, on the Great Belt, the strait that connects the Baltic with the Atlantic. I hear the sounds I’ve grown to love so much, the usual metallic clunking, creaking of ropes ,the lapping of the waves... Kerteminde Fjord is a fjord, an inlet, of northeastern Funen, Denmark, south of the Odense Fjord. The sun disappears, we are on the bridge into Kerteminde, on one side the harbour, on the other the fjord. It starts to rain… we flee! The weather turns nasty again, aaaaah, April showers! Thank you for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) 
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A WHIFF of SPRING…


Tour of Europe 04 2016 
 Day 7
 We are on our way back now and Denmark bids us farewell. 
Funen is a lush island known as the “Garden of Denmark”. 
I can see why: lots of farms, fields, greenhouses and orchards.
We meander through on smaller roads. 
Enjoying this peaceful pace, ready for the big roads again.
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Köhlbrandbrücke, Hamburg

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 7 Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, on the left, I spot this. I remember crossing it 10 years ago! THE REAL ROLLER COASTER!!! The Kohlbrand Bridge is Hamburg’s landmark from the 70ties. Kohlbrandbrucke: Carries Cars lorries Crosses Kohlbrand, part of the river Suderelbe Locale Hamburg, Germany Design Cable-stayed bridge Total length 3,618 m Width 17.5 m Height 135 m Longest span 325 m Clearance below 55 m above middle tide Beginning date of construction 1970 Opened 9 September 1974 Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

From HAMBURG- to BREMEN…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
 Day 7 Hamburg is behind us, and we are caught in a heavy band of rain. Foggy, misty, sticky rain that gives everything a very special mood! Not easy to drive in but hey, I am the passenger and the photographer recording our travels! It looks like we are heading towards clear and sunny weather. Now don't forget, we already come from the island of Funen in Denmark! Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FOREVER MORE RAIN…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
 Day 7 It is tough on the eyes, you try to see through all this. Yet I keep mentioning the ‘mood’. That foggy, misty, sticky rain that envelops and wraps you in this bubble! Now don't forget, we already come from the island of Funen in Denmark! Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE GLADE…

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Day 7 Shot at 120km/hr... As we near Bremen, at last, a let up from the rain. Some sun! The world looks fresh and green, I spot a clearing with lovely light amongst the trees. You HAVE to be QUICK, hit and miss. I HIT that one alright! LOL Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BREMEN SUNSET...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 7 Sunset over the WESER We end up in Bremen again. We enjoyed it the first time, eager to get to Denmark though we did not take the time to ‘explore’ ! So, tomorrow, but now, after settling in our room, we hurry out, it looks like a promising sunset over the river Weser. Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ALSO SAW THE LIGHT…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 7 After our meal at the Italian, Bellini, along the Weser, we have a romantic stroll and on the way back to the hotel, we both see this design light… We keep seeing how the Germans and the Danes are into their design lighting! Two photographers, same subject, different interpretation. LOL Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BREMEN in the NIGHT

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 7 NIGHT in BREMEN… Bremen has many beautiful old buildings, a lot of them, like everywhere, they turn out to be banks and Sparkasse… I guess they have the bucks to keep these buildings pristine! Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FLOWERS in BREMEN...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 8 FLOWERS from BREMEN… We explore the Altstad, the old part and center of Bremen. Today, its streets have been pedestrianised and its historic buildings are being restored and listed as protected under a new heritage scheme. All over, there are stalls with flowers for sale. I am in my element, yet a bit frustrated that I cannot buy any… LOL Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TULIPS GALORE!

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 8 Tulips from BREMEN… Double Tulips, RED... hundreds of them! All over, there are stalls with flowers for sale. I am in my element, yet a bit frustrated that I cannot buy any… LOL Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DIE BREMER STADTMUSIKANTEN…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 8 A bronze statue by Gerhard Marcks depicting the Bremen Town Musicians located in Bremen, Germany. The statue was erected in 1953. Note the front hooves that have become shiny. Touching the front hooves is said to make wishes come true. Another fairytale I grew up with! The "Town Musicians of Bremen" (German: Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten) is a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. In the story a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster (or hen), all past their prime years in life and usefulness on their respective farms, were soon to be discarded or mistreated by their masters. One by one they leave their homes and set out together. They decide to go to Bremen, known for its freedom, to live without owners and become musicians there. On the way to Bremen, they see a lighted cottage; they look inside and see four robbers enjoying their ill-gotten gains. Standing on each other's backs, they decide to scare the robbers away by making a din; the men run for their lives, not knowing what the strange sound is. The animals take possession of the house, eat a good meal, and settle in for the evening. Later that night, the robbers return and send one of their members in to investigate. He sees the cat's eyes shining in the darkness and the robber thinks he is seeing the coals of the fire. He reaches over to light his candle. Things happen in quick succession; the cat scratches his face with her claws, the dog bites him on the leg, the donkey kicks him with his hooves, and the rooster crows and chases him out the door, screaming. He tells his companions that he was beset by a horrible witch who scratched him with her long fingernails (the cat), an ogre with a knife (the dog), a giant who had hit him with his club (the donkey), and worst of all, the judge who screamed in his voice from the rooftop (the rooster). The robbers abandon the cottage to the strange creatures who have taken it, where the animals live happily for the rest of their days. Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

The Bremen ROLAND...

Day 8 The Bremen Roland … It is a statue of Roland, erected in 1404. It stands in the market square (Rathausplatz) of Bremen, Germany, facing the cathedral, and shows Roland, paladin of the first Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne and hero of the Battle of Roncevaux Pass. Roland is shown as protector of the city: his legendary sword (known in chivalric legend as Durendal) is unsheathed, and his shield is emblazoned with the two-headed Imperial eagle. The standing figure is 5.47 m tall, and stands on a 60 cm rostrum. A supporting column, crowned by a baldachin, brings the combined height to 10.21 m. The statue was carved in limestone from Elm, and was commissioned by the city fathers to replace a wooden one burnt in 1366. Statues of Roland appear in numerous cities of the former Holy Roman Empire, as emblems of city liberties, Stadtrechte. The Roland statue at Bremen is the oldest surviving example. From Bremen the symbol of civic liberty and freedom spread to other cities and has become a symbol of the new Europe. Since 1973, it is protected by the monument protection act. In July 2004, along with the town hall, the statue was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. According to legend, Bremen will remain free and independent for as long as Roland stands watch over the city. For this reason, it is alleged that a second Roland statue is kept hidden in the town hall's underground vaults, which can be quickly installed as a substitute, should the original fall. Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DIE HANDELSKAMMER BREMEN.

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 8 The Schütting, the history: in 1538, the merchants of Bremen charged the Flemish mason and architect Johann den Buschener from Antwerp, who constructed a new building in 1538/39. Buschener only completed the stepped western gable, which is on the borderline of Late Gothic and of Renaissance style, and the main entrance, which was not yet central. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the façade was altered several times: In 1756, Theophilus Freese removed the decentral entrance by a decent central one and reduced the number of horizontal cornices, thus changing the style to a modest kind of Baroque. In mid 19th century the line of low shops in front of the basement was removed, and for the first time a twin staircase to the entrance door was built. In Wilhelminism, people disliked the noble modesty of the building. In 1895 to 1899, the number of corniches was raised and above the windows relief ornaments were placed. The present bombastic portal was constructed. Above the door, a Low German inscription was added, lately invented by Bremen's mayor Otto Gildemeister buten un binnen wagen un winnen (literally "Outside and in, risk it and win") was added as a motto, meaning that merchants from Bremen are called upon to risk their assets at home and abroad in order to gain fortune. The building with its magnificent interior and its valuable furnishings burnt to the ground on 6 October 1944. Reconstruction was completed in 1956. Except for the dormers on the façade overlooking the market square, the exterior was rebuilt, as it had been since 1899, while the interior was reconfigured. In 1951, the chamber of commerce moved into the ground floor. The second stage of the reconstruction took place over the next five years, including the second floor interior. In 2009, the faҫade and copper-covered roof were repaired and the dormers were rebuilt. Life of a building… Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LOW LANDS AND BIG SKIES...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 8 THE EUROPEAN GREAT PLAIN… After a very satisfying morning in Bremen, we hit the road again. The weather holds out. Only a shower occasionally on this long road from Bremen to Hellevoetsluis , on the South Coast of Holland where we will be reunited with family. We drive South on the autobahn that runs parallel with the Dutch border, it begins to look like Holland, with the low land and the big skies. Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HOLLAND’S GLORY…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
 Day 8 LOW LANDS AND BIG SKIES... It is late afternoon when we cross the border Germany/Holland, and we get a true GOLDEN welcome! WE enjoyed both Denmark and Germany, will be back! Now we want to reach our destination asap. The long road from Bremen to Hellevoetsluis , on the South Coast of Holland where we will be reunited with family. Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

EVENING, ROTTERDAM…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
 Day 8 When I lived in Holland, it was the 'door' on my way from The Hague to Flanders in Belgium , I remember the 'expansion' of the second stage, the 'traffical' horror! The Van Brienenoord Bridge is an arch bridge for car traffic over the river Nieuwe Maas, which is a major distributary of the river Rhine. The bridge is located at the east side of Rotterdam. The bridge consists of two almost identical arches laying parallel next to each other, followed by three bascule bridges. Every day over 250,000 vehicles cross the Van Brienenoord Bridge, which is part of the A16 highway, the most busy road in the Netherlands. Bicycles can use the bridges to cross the Nieuwe Maas river. The Van Brienenoord Bridge is 1320 metres long and ships of 24 metres and lower can pass through underneath it. The eastern (287,5 m long) arch was built in 1965, the western (305 m long and slightly broader) one followed in 1990. An average of 140.000 ships pass the bridge every year. Approximately 500 of these ships require the bridge to be opened, a process which takes 18 minutes. Suspending road traffic and opening the bridge takes 4 minutes, letting the ship pass takes 10 minutes, and closing the bridge requires an additional 4 minutes. During this time, road traffic is blocked by boom barriers. As of November 2005, the bridge is no longer controlled locally but from the nearby city of Rhoon, where the region's Road Traffic Control is located. A request to open the bridge for shipping needs to be made at the harbour authorities at least three hours in advance. Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

UNIQUE VIEW…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
 Day 8 Only from a driving car! The Van Brienenoord Bridge is an arch bridge for car traffic over the river Nieuwe Maas, which is a major distributary of the river Rhine. The bridge is located at the east side of Rotterdam. The bridge consists of two almost identical arches laying parallel next to each other, followed by three bascule bridges. Every day over 250,000 vehicles cross the Van Brienenoord Bridge, which is part of the A16 highway, the most busy road in the Netherlands. Bicycles can use the bridges to cross the Nieuwe Maas river. The Van Brienenoord Bridge is 1320 metres long and ships of 24 metres and lower can pass through underneath it. The eastern (287,5 m long) arch was built in 1965, the western (305 m long and slightly broader) one followed in 1990. An average of 140.000 ships pass the bridge every year. Approximately 500 of these ships require the bridge to be opened, a process which takes 18 minutes. Suspending road traffic and opening the bridge takes 4 minutes, letting the ship pass takes 10 minutes, and closing the bridge requires an additional 4 minutes. During this time, road traffic is blocked by boom barriers. As of November 2005, the bridge is no longer controlled locally but from the nearby city of Rhoon, where the region's Road Traffic Control is located. A request to open the bridge for shipping needs to be made at the harbour authorities at least three hours in advance. Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE VAN BRIENENOORD BRIDGE...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 8 UNIQUE View… Only from a driving car! The Van Brienenoord Bridge is an arch bridge for car traffic over the river Nieuwe Maas, which is a major distributary of the river Rhine. The bridge is located at the east side of Rotterdam. The bridge consists of two almost identical arches laying parallel next to each other, followed by three bascule bridges. Every day over 250,000 vehicles cross the Van Brienenoord Bridge, which is part of the A16 highway, the most busy road in the Netherlands. Bicycles can use the bridges to cross the Nieuwe Maas river. The Van Brienenoord Bridge is 1320 metres long and ships of 24 metres and lower can pass through underneath it. The eastern (287,5 m long) arch was built in 1965, the western (305 m long and slightly broader) one followed in 1990. An average of 140.000 ships pass the bridge every year. Approximately 500 of these ships require the bridge to be opened, a process which takes 18 minutes. Suspending road traffic and opening the bridge takes 4 minutes, letting the ship pass takes 10 minutes, and closing the bridge requires an additional 4 minutes. During this time, road traffic is blocked by boom barriers. As of November 2005, the bridge is no longer controlled locally but from the nearby city of Rhoon, where the region's Road Traffic Control is located. A request to open the bridge for shipping needs to be made at the harbour authorities at least three hours in advance. Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Cornmeal ‘DE HOOP” ...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 8 Hellevoetsluis. In evening light. At last, a windmill! We drove through a big part of Holland , eh without spotting one windmill? What are the chances eh? LOL We are nearly there! In 1697, there was a wooden mill on the site where now is the dry dock . Dirk Jacobsz Goutswaart is mentioned as the first miller . This mill, at the end of the 18th century, had to make way for the dry dock. This, the stone mill "De Hoop" built in 1801 . After this , until the restoration of 1992-1993 are an architect , a goldsmith and various artists used the mill. Now the miller and partner occupy the ground floor and first floor. It is still open to the public on week-ends. Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HELLEVOETSLUIS,ARRIVAL…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 8 Greeted by this beautiful and peaceful sight! Hellevoetsluis features a six magnificent ports with a total of about 2,000 moorings. The ports provide a wonderful base for boaters who love the wide waters of the Haringvliet and the sea. From Hellevoetsluis it is possible to both inland waterways and the sea, also to sail in the Zeeland and South Holland Delta. Hellevoetsluis is located on the Haringvliet with the sea, beach and dunes close by, on the extreme southern edge of the Rijnmond and Europoort areas, close to the broad Zeeland landscape. The name translates as "lock at the foot of the Helle". The Helle was a small local river which disappeared over time. Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TALK ABOUT BLUE HOUR…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 8 PEACE and QUIET… Soaking up the silence of the evening. The moon a slither, and only the music of the yachting paraphernalia, a rhythmic clanking of metal. Hellevoetsluis features a six magnificent ports with a total of about 2,000 moorings. The ports provide a wonderful base for boaters who love the wide waters of the Haringvliet and the sea. From Hellevoetsluis it is possible to both inland waterways and the sea, also to sail in the Zeeland and South Holland Delta. Hellevoetsluis is located on the Haringvliet with the sea, beach and dunes close by, on the extreme southern edge of the Rijnmond and Europoort areas, close to the broad Zeeland landscape. The name translates as "lock at the foot of the Helle". The Helle was a small local river which disappeared over time. Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TWO LOVE-BIRDS, GREBES…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 8 Please open to view! In the still of the moment, enjoying the calmness of the picture in front of me, camera on lap when I suddenly spot very rapid fluttering on the water. It is Spring! It is a ritual, a dance of love. Two grebes are courting. Grebes are a widely distributed order of freshwater diving birds, some of which visit the sea when migrating and in winter. Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A LAZY DAY…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 9 Proper holiday? We are in Hellevoetsluis, a week away now from home up North in England. Amazing what and who we’ve all seen. The weather is gorgeous, a real Spring day. We have a day of ‘rest’ with the family… In the morning I just take a few photos of what is in front of me, the yachting basin. There is much activity on the water, yes the Dutch love their boats! Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*)
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WE ARE SAILING…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 9 Holland is a ‘water-land’ and so very much a sailing nation! There is much activity on the water, yes the Dutch love their boats! The weather is gorgeous, a real Spring day. We have a day of ‘rest’ with the family… In the morning I just take a few photos of what is in front of me, the yachting basin. Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HELLEVOETSLUIS: RELAXING…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 9 Holland is a ‘water-land’ and so very much a sailing nation! There is much activity on the water, yes the Dutch love their boats! The weather is gorgeous, a real Spring day. We have a day of ‘rest’ with the family… In the morning I just take a few photos of what is in front of me, the yachting basin. Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*)
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HOLLAND: of course: WINDMILL...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
 Day 10 Cornmill ‘DE HOOP” Hellevoetsluis. In midday light. We pass the mill again on our way further, we are driving back to Belgium over the islands. An interesting ride! The weather is with us!! In 1697, there was a wooden mill on the site where now is the dry dock . Dirk Jacobsz Goutswaart is mentioned as the first miller . This mill, at the end of the 18th century, had to make way for the dry dock. This, the stone mill "De Hoop" built in 1801 . After this , until the restoration of 1992-1993 are an architect , a goldsmith and various artists used the mill. Now the miller and partner occupy the ground floor and first floor. It is still open to the public on week-ends. Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LAND of SAILORS…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 10 It is a super Spring day, Sunday… many are taking advantage and everywhere we look, as we cross the Haringvlietdam, the glistening water is dotted with sailing boats. The Haringvliet is a large inlet of the North Sea, in the province of South Holland in the Netherlands. It is an important estuary of the Rhine-Meuse delta. I love images which capture the sense of space that you get, the open skies and oh so flat lands. Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SHELLFISH BANKS…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 10 Over the Locks of Haringvliet, we leave the mainland of South Holland and get onto the delta island of Goeree-Overflakkee, the southernmost of the province of South Holland in the Netherlands. I spot these nettings, and , yes, this is another drive-by shot! We ARE back on the road! Shellfish reefs are almost disappeared from the North Sea, while in places with shellfish beds natural wealth is twice as high as in places without shellfish banks. Shellfish are food for fish and birds. They provide shelter and serve as a rest area and breeding ground for small and large invertebrates. Give guidance to underwater plants, filtering seawater cleaner and contribute to coastal protection. The presence of shellfish banks there is more to enjoy under and above water for people and nature. The World Wildlife Fund and the flag of the Dream Fund are working on the project for the return of shellfish beds in the Delta. It seems to me, that over the years we have damaged so many things, some irreversible, some ahhhh well, we try try to restore, at great cost. In my life, I think long and hard before I make big decisions! Damage control! Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GOEREE-OVERFLAKKEE…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 10 We drive across this oh so familiar landscape. Goeree-Overflakkee is is the southernmost delta island of the province of South Holland in the Netherlands. Despite being part of the province of South Holland, the island's scenery and dialect are more closely related to Zeeland than to Holland. Agriculture has for centuries been the main source of livelihood on Goeree-Overflakkee. I think that all the trees were planted to stop the winds from shaving the flat lands completely! Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GOEREE-OVERFLAKKEE…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 10 We drive across this oh so familiar landscape. Goeree-Overflakkee is is the southernmost delta island of the province of South Holland in the Netherlands. Despite being part of the province of South Holland, the island's scenery and dialect are more closely related to Zeeland than to Holland. Agriculture has for centuries been the main source of livelihood on Goeree-Overflakkee. I think that all the trees were planted to stop the winds from shaving the flat lands completely! Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WHAT DO I SEE?

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 10 WHAT DO I SEE? I see a sea of red and pink!!! Can it be??? Oh we have to get closer, we have to find a place to stop, to park… I am so exited, wanted to photograph fields of tulips, to me fields of dreams, of very long. Will my dream come true, what is shimmering in the sun? We drive across this oh so familiar landscape. Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FIELDS of TULIPS...

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Day 10 ROWS and ROWS, TULIPS A sea of colour!!! We eventually find a few flower-fields, after some driving around, we get to the place we spotted. I am so exited, wanted to photograph fields of tulips, to me: fields of dreams, for so very long. It’s my dream come true? Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

COLOUR amongst the TREES.

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Day 10 COLOUR amongst the TREES. A sea of pink!!! We eventually find a few flower-fields. The farm in the middle, surrounded by poplars and tulips.… I am so exited, wanted to photograph fields of tulips, to me fields of dreams, for so very long. Will my dream come true? Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SEA of PINK, tulips

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 10 It is Spring-time in Holland, it is Tulip-time in Holland. We find fields of pink tulips, they are not cutting-flowers, too open, that means they grow these for the bulbs. As far as the eye can see,the farm in the middle, surrounded by poplars and tulips.… I am so exited, wanted to photograph fields of tulips, to me fields of dreams, for so very long. My dream comes true. I AM in heaven! Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

EIGHT WONDER of the WORLD…

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Day 10 The Oosterscheldekering has been declared one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Oosterscheldekering (in English: Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier), between the islands Schouwen-Duiveland and Noord-Beveland, is the largest of the 13 ambitious Delta Works series of dams and storm surge barriers, designed to protect the Netherlands from flooding from the North Sea. The construction of the Delta Works was in response to the widespread damage and loss of life due to the North Sea Flood of 1953. The nine-kilometre-long Oosterscheldekering was initially designed, and partly built, as a closed dam, but after public protests, huge sluice-gate-type doors were installed in the remaining four kilometres. These doors are normally open, but can be closed under adverse weather conditions. In this way, the saltwater marine life behind the dam is preserved and fishing can continue, while the land behind the dam is safe from the water. On 4 October 1986, Queen Beatrix officially opened the dam for use by saying the well-known words: "The flood barrier is closed. The Delta Works are completed. Zeeland is safe.” A plaque is installed with the words: "Here the tide is ruled by the wind, the moon and we (the Dutch)". The dam is manually operated but if human control fails, an electronic security system acts as a backup. The water levels must be at least three metres above regular sea level before the doors can be completely shut. Each sluice gate is closed once a month for testing. E mergency procedures are tested on pre-scheduled dates. Once the test is passed, the shutters are quickly opened again to create a minimum amount of effect on tidal movements and the local marine ecosystem. It takes approximately one hour to close a door. T he cost of operation is €17 million per year. The full dam has been closed twenty-five times since 1986. Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ANOTHER TUNNEL, TERNEUZEN.

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 10 It is LONG, it is DEEP!!! This tunnel gave me the impression that is was ‘OLDER’, I was extremely surprised when I came home and researched it at its age! The tunnel was opened on 14 March 2003. Western Scheldt Tunnel is a tunnel in the Netherlands on highway N62 under the Western Scheldt estuary between Ellewoutsdijk and Terneuzen. It is the longest tunnel for highway traffic in The Netherlands. The Western Scheldt Tunnel is a bored tunnel and consists of two tubes which were excavated by a tunnel boring machine. Stands at 11.3 metres (37 ft) diameter, 6.6 kilometres (4.1 mi) long, a section of the road with an uphill grade of 4.5%. The maximum clearance is 4.30 metres (14.1 ft). The tunnel reaches its deepest point under the Pas van Terneuzen, 60 metres (200 ft) below water level. It feels like a very long drive… Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HAPPY COLOURS in Breskens.

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Day 10 We crossed all the island and arrive in Breskens. The light is super now, so we take a serious pit-stop. Breskens is a harbour town on the Westerschelde in the municipality of Sluis in the province of Zeeland, in the south-western Netherlands. In the distance you see the other island and Vlissingen. A ferry connection exists between Breskens and Vlissingen. After the opening of the Western Scheldt Tunnel near Terneuzen in 2003, the ferry now only carries pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MY BELOVED FLANDERS…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 10 After enjoying Breskens, where we had a super meal of a giant sea-platter, we drive on, and very soon, we cross the border into Belgium. We are back in my beloved Flanders. Our welcome is this golden gift. It is also the flat lands, I find it less ‘austere’ and rigid than the Dutch flat lands, like friendlier? The sun is falling, the land ready for the night, we get closer to our destination now. Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A FLANDERS SUNSET…

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Day 10 Flanders... where I was born... It i a soft windstill evening, a beautiful silence descends on the land as darkness falls. A little afterglow, just enough to show some detail in the landscape, aaah yes, Flanders. We’re home! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A DAY of REST…

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Day 11 We enter the next part of our holiday. The week is fully ‘booked’ with lots of good meetings. First a day of rest, we download our photos and view them, clean our gear, reminisce about our adventures and relax. These here are Paul's tools. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A FLANDERS VILLAGE: HOUTAVE...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 Off to Bruges, the capital of West Flanders where we are going to meet Sonny, in from the States. I’ll be her guide for 2 days. Show her the city where I was born. On the old road, between Oostende and Brugge, I see an all time favourite, that typically flemish village, Houtave, church in the middle, surrounded by houses. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGGE PATRIMONY...

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Day 12 BRUGGE in ARCHITECTURE… The Almshouses in Bruges are part of the patrimony of the Public Centre for Social Welfare (CPAS) and provide habitation to, to less well-off elderly. Most almshouses are small, white or yellow painted houses, sometimes in a row, but often grouped around a courtyard. They are located in the historic center of the Belgian city of Bruges and contribute in any significant way to the overall picture that offers this city. Almshouses were from the 14th century founded by wealthy citizens or guilds. The oldest still in existence date from 1330, 1335 and 1355. They gave shelter to needy elderly or widows without means of subsistence . They were founded by crafts (weavers, blacksmiths, bakers, shoemakers, boaters, etc.) or by private persons. Until the end of the ancien regime they belonged to private foundations that were managed by the boards of the crafts or the descendants of the founders. The residents who were housed in the almshouses of the crafts, of course, were members of the profession which in old age could not provide for themselves. The almshouses were not intended for totally destitute, but for impoverished elderly, who knew adversity by the death of the breadwinner, illness, disability or old age. A modest rental fee was requested and some residents had to bring their furniture, and bed sheets. There was also a house rules. So one had to Bruges are praying daily for his benefactor, and behave properly. Begging was forbidden and bad behaviour was punished. In most almshouses residents were given a small sum alimony and a daily bowl of soup. In the winter they got firewood. Almshouses, built in sober and distinctive architecture are sometimes built side by side along a street or road shielded by a wall with a gate. Majority of them are built around a courtyard. The garden was usually shared, but was sometimes divided into plots of land, where each occupant which could grow vegetables. Originally there were the houses (stone rooms') originating in a single room that served as kitchen, living room and bedroom. In the 20th and 21st century houses were by two, sometimes joined by 3 and transformed into a larger and more comfortable home. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ICONIC BRUGGE…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 ICONIC BRUGGE… Two days in Brugge, where we meet up with a friend from the States, over for a first visit. I am her guide for 2 days, showing her all the beautiful sites of the city where I was born, BRUGGE, the capital of West-Flanders,Belgium. This is a view from the water, I think the best place to start a tour, is here, from the Rozenhoedkaai, take a trip in one of the canal-boats. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A CANAL VIEW… BRUGGE

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 Looking toward Jan van Eyckplein from a canal boat in Bruges. No matter how many times I take this tour, I find it a great way to see Brugge, a different, unique perspective. Here is the Spiegelrei on the left and the Spinolarei on the right, in Bruges, the capital and largest city of the West Flanders province in the Flemish Region of Belgium. The square is named for noted Northern Renaissance painter Jan van Eyck, of whom you see the statue here, surrounded by beautiful Renaissance buildings. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ANOTHER CANAL VIEW…

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Day 12 No matter how many times I take this tour, I find it a great way to see Brugge, a different, unique perspective. Brugge is know for all its canals, so that means may bridges, older and newer. Here we pass along the Verversdijk, lined by beautiful old houses.. If I remember correctly, this is a bridge just for bicycles and people on foot. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE TURRETS of BRUGGE…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 The Meebrug is the oldest bridge in Bruges. The first mention of the Meebrug dates from 1290. The current name was only first used in 1440. In 1390 the original wooden bridge was replaced by a stone copy built by the famous bridge builder Bruges Jan van Oudenaarde . The Meebrug is a simple arch bridge paved with cobblestones. The turrets, ahhhh how people of Brugge love them, put them everywhere, but here, on Brugse Vrije, the 16th century rear facade of the manor on the 'Groenerei', they wow you. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

St. Bonifacius Bridge

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 Such a popular spot. such a Medieval feel… So Brugge! I remember playing there with all my cousins. aaahhh, those were the days! The St. Bonifacius Bridge offers an attractive view of this old area of the city. The bridge was built in 1910, but because of its style and construction design, it appears much older. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ALONG THE BEGUINAGE…

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Day 12 ALONG THE BEGUINAGE… The tour takes you up to Sashuis, house above the sluices, that separates the canal from Minnewater,Le Lac ‘d Amour, Lake of Love. Alongside the beguinage and the bridge to its entrance. We’ll definitely visit this later. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE WEAVER…

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Day 12 THE WEAVER… The boat tour over, we have a refreshment on a terrace of the most iconic place in Brugge? De Rozenhoedkaai(Pink/Rose Hat Quay literally, but the proper meaning is rosary, the reason was that stalls were set up at that spot selling rosaries). And onwards we go. On the picturesque Fish-market of Brugge, we meet this weaver from Latvia again. Last Summer we bought a scarf for Paul here, now we meet him: the creative textile designer – weaver Janis Rozentals He began his career in the Old Town Riga sand for several years wove on the wheeled loom and sold the scarves, all over the world. Made out of linen, they are beautiful. He loves Bruges. Of course, we go home, with… yes, you’ve guessed it, another scarf! If you are interested in seeing a dedicated artist at work, a fascinating movie here. See Janis on his loom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6w6bb9trMc I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE WEAVE &SHUTTLE...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 12 YOU MUST know how much I LOVE COLOURS??? LOL On the picturesque Fish-market of Brugge, we meet this weaver from Latvia again. Last Summer we bought a scarf, pure linen, for Paul here, now we meet him: the creative textile designer – weaver Janis Rozentals He began his career in the Old Town Riga and for several years wove on the wheeled loom and sold the scarves, all over the world. Made out of linen, they are beautiful. He loves Bruges. Of course, we go home, with… yes, you’ve guessed it, another scarf! If you are interested in seeing a dedicated artist at work, a fascinating movie here. See Janis on his loom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6w6bb9trMc I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A FAMOUS CANAL VIEW…

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Day 12 We proceed to the very short Blinde Ezelstraat, the little street jining the Fish-market square and beautiful square: THE BURG. We cross another popular bridge with view, where you see again the Meebrug is said to be the oldest bridge of Bruges. On the right, Steenhouwersdijk, which is mentioned in a document from 1390. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BLIND DONKEY STREET…

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Day 12 BLIND DONKEY STREET… A FUN STORY… The Brugge inhabitants are renowned for their fine sense of humour, and I always feel it is reflected in names of streets, places, houses, shops, food/drink and lots of other things! We proceed to the very short Blinde Ezelstraat, the little street jining the Fish-market square and beautiful square: THE BURG. Don’t forget to look up to the lovely arch between City Hall and Old Civil Registry, do you see Solomon? Left of him is the statue of Prosperity, to the right the statue of Peace. According to legend, Blinde Ezelstraat (Blind Donkey Street) owes its name to… a blind donkey. The house in the left-hand corner hugging the Canal used to house a mill driven by a donkey. In order to preserve the poor animal from the depressing thought that the only thing it had to do was turn endless rounds, a blindfold was put on the donkey. A new street name was born. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

KNOCK KNOCK… in BRUGES

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 A beautiful ornate door in the Blind Donkey street yes the Brugge inhabitants like to flaunt their wealth, achieved through hard work! LOL. The Blinde Ezelstraat, the little street jining the Fish-market square and beautiful square: THE BURG. According to legend, Blinde Ezelstraat (Blind Donkey Street) owes its name to… a blind donkey. The house in the left-hand corner hugging the Canal used to house a mill driven by a donkey. In order to preserve the poor animal from the depressing thought that the only thing it had to do was turn endless rounds, a blindfold was put on the donkey. A new street name was born. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A SPECIAL FACADE… The Chapel of the Holy Blood

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 Hiding on the right-hand side of the gothic town hall is the Basilica of the Holy Blood, a mystical double chapel, below which sits the Romanesque church of Saint Basil (1139-1149). Judging from the richly decorated facade you would not expect immediately that there is a chapel hiding behind the facade. One floor up is a basilica in Gothic revival style where the reliquary of the Holy Blood has been for centuries. Each year on Ascension Day the reliquary is carried along in The Procession of the Holy Blood, a much-loved event that has been warming the heart of the entire population from as early as 1291. It leaves the chapel only once a year. This procession is a colourful procession that portrays many historical and biblical scenes. It attracts many thousands of spectators every year. This flamboyant facade is actually a 16th century staircase that connects the two underlying chapels with each other: the Romanesque chapel of Saint Basil and the (neo-) Gothic Basilica of the Holy Blood. St. Basil's Chapel was built by Thierry of Alsace in the 12th century as a double chapel. Later, the chapel was modified several times. This house of worship is primarily known for the relic that is kept here: the relic of the Holy Blood, which was brought in the 13th century from Constantinople to Bruges. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE ROMAN PART…

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Day 12 St Basil’s Chapel, the lower chapel Here we enter the lower chapel. Via a side door we enter the crypt. The contrast between the interior of the chapel (St. Basil's Chapel) and the facade of the staircase could not be greater. The chapel has little decorative elements but it is the only part of the building that still has its original shape. It is one of the best preserved examples of Romanesque architecture in Bruges. The largest room has three naves, covered by a cross rib vault supported by sturdy pillars. In a small room next to the chapel there is a statue of Christ and a grave. The passage between the two rooms is decorated with a tympanum depicting the holy baptism of St Basil. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Romanesque architecture…

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Day 12 St Basil’s Chapel, the lower chapel of The Chapel of the Holy Blood The chapel has little decorative elements but it is the only part of the building that still has its original shape. It is one of the best preserved examples of Romanesque architecture in Bruges. The largest room has three naves, covered by a cross rib vault supported by sturdy pillars. There is a definite mood in there, some quiet music even accentuates that. You do not have to be religious to experience this. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

VIEW of THE BURG….

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Day 12 Through the stairs you enter the upper chapel, the actual Basilica of the Holy Blood. It has finally started to rain some. I look out onto the square they call THE BURG. This place was already inhabited in the 2nd century AD, and in the 9th century it became the base of operations of the Count of Flanders. Their residence now the Town Hall. On the left you can see the windows of the Basilica, then the ornate front of the town hall, across I look at the old Court of Justice, the building dates from the 18th century, A classical and eclectic facade. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGGE, Chapel of the Holy Blood

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 In 1134, Thierry of Alsace decided to build a private double chapel next to the Oud Steen, the first residence of the Counts of Flanders, transformed today into the town hall of Bruges. Thierry went on crusade a second time in 1147 during the Second Crusade. According to the tradition, Thierry of Alsace returned to his capital Bruges on April 7, 1150, with the relic of the Precious Blood. In the first half of the 13th century, the name of the upper chapel was changed to the Chapel of the Holy Blood. During the 19th century, successive renovation campaigns gave to the chapel its final Gothic Revival aspect, with its characteristic mural decorations. The stained-glass windows in the choir date from 1845[5] and represent the sovereigns who reigned over the County of Flanders. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE GOTHIC HALL…

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Day 12 Having admired its exterior of the Town Hall, we enter the impressive Gothic Hall and gaze in awe at the polychrome floating ribs of the impressive double wooden vault ceiling. Bruges' City Hall dates from 1376, was built in 55 years, and is one of the oldest in the Netherlands, a fine example, copied by many, like Brussels, Ghent, Leuven. From here, the city has been governed for more than 600 years. This Gothic Hall is an absolute must , a magnificent work of art with its murals from around 1900 and ornamentations. The vault keys contain medallions and four lobes with scenes from the New Testament and of prophets, evangelists and saints. The corbels that support the whole, are decorated with thematic representations of the seasons, months, and natural elements. On the walls are scenes from the history of Bruges painted by artist Albrecht De Vriendt . Like the monumental mantelpiece are these are neo-Gothic additions. Each time visit the place, I fall silent, the stairs up are worn, I can’t help but think of my grand-parents, my parents, they got married here, they walked here, they sat in front of the mantelpiece surrounded by their family, in all their finery, you still get married here today! I sit and dream awhile! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MORE GOTHIC HALL…

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Day 12 Beautiful stained glass windows and details. The City Hall, in typical Bruges style, this is the oldest type in the Low Countries. It has two floors and was built late 14th early 15th century. Super articulation of lancet and pointed towers, windows and frames with numerous images of the princes of Flanders. The walls are dressed in historic Gothic Revival style painted with scenes from the history of Bruges. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Corbels…

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Day 12 In architecture a corbel is a structural piece of stone, wood or metal jutting from a wall to carry a superincumbent weight, often very decorative. These here in the Gothic Hall of the City Hall in Brugge, are likely to be Late Gothic corbels and all of which are different.. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Corbels…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 In architecture a corbel is a structural piece of stone, wood or metal jutting from a wall to carry a superincumbent weight, often very decorative. These here in the Gothic Hall of the City Hall in Brugge, are likely to be Late Gothic corbels and all of which are different.. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GOTHIC HALL, THE MANTELPIECE…

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Day 12 An epic carved chimney place and dark oak carvings. And yes, this is where a couple sits, to get married! Still today! How grand is that. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GOTHIC HALL. More Detail…

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Day 12 Everywhere you look you see beautiful little details. Bruges' City Hall is well worth a visit. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HIDDEN BRUGGE…

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Day 12 Brugge is full of little surprises, small canals veering off, narrow cobbled alleys, don’t be afraid to stray off the ‘main’ streets! A very different view of the famous Rozenhoed Quay. In the distance you see the St Magdalene Church. Another of many, far less photographed. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGGE THE BEAUTIFUL…

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Day 12 happy and content, we go to our room to refresh before a meal. This is the view, evening is closing in and regaling us with some lovely light. We cannot get enough of it, so, no relaxing then only great excitement and joy… ahhhh la vie de photographes!! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGGE THE ROMANTIC…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 happy and content, we go to our room to refresh before a meal. This is the view, evening is closing in and regaling us with some lovely light. Whenever you look out of one of the windows, you see something new, and yes Brugge is a city where lovers love to come. We cannot get enough of it, so, no relaxing then only great excitement and joy… ahhhh la vie de photographes!! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGGE THE INTERESTING…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 Our room has many windows, so, many views! This s seen from the side, a beautiful red roof. And the evening-light sets it off beautifully. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGGE THE BELFRY…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 12 After a nice meal, night fell, we stroll onto the market where all the s are showing off the beauty of all the buildings. The belfry of Bruges is a medieval bell tower in the historical centre of Bruges, Belgium It served as an observation post for spotting fires and other danger. A narrow, steep staircase of 366 steps, accessible by the public leads to the top of the 83 m (272 feet) high building, which leans about a metre (3 ft) to the east. The belfry was added to the market square around 1240, when Bruges was prospering as an important centre of the Flemish cloth industry. After a devastating fire in 1280, the tower was largely rebuilt. The octagonal upper stage of the belfry was added between 1483 and 1487, and capped with a wooden spire bearing an image of Saint Michael, banner in hand and dragon underfoot. The spire did not last long: a lightning strike in 1493 reduced it to ashes, and destroyed the bells as well. A wooden spire crowned the summit again for some two-and-a-half centuries, before it, too, fell victim to flames in 1741. The spire was never replaced again, thus making the current height of the building somewhat lower than in the past; but an openwork stone parapet in Gothic style was added to the rooftop in 1822. The bells in the tower regulated the lives of the city dwellers, announcing the time, fire alarms, work hours, and a variety of social, political, and religious events. Eventually a mechanism ensured the regular sounding of certain bells, for example indicating the hour. Which is still the case! In the 16th century the tower received a carillon, allowing the bells to be played by means of a hand keyboard. Starting from 1604, the annual accounts record the employment of a carilloneur to play songs during Sundays, holidays and market days. In 1675 the carillon comprised 35 bells, designed by Melchior de Haze of Antwerp. After the fire of 1741 this was replaced by a set of bells cast by Joris Dumery, 26 of which are still in use. There were 48 bells at the end of the 19th century, but today the bells number 47, together weighing about 27.5 tonnes. The bells range from weighing two pounds to 11,000 pounds. (info Wikipedia) I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGGE THE OFFICIAL…

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Day 12 All those beautiful old buildings were not built for show, many are official and still in use. It was used as the government meeting hall until 1999, and is only now mainly a ceremonial building, and also used for exhibitions. Provinciaal Hof (Provincial Palace) This imposing building in neo-Gothic style was constructed in two phases (1887-1892 and 1914-1921) and refers to the Gothic façades of the town hall of Bruges and Gruuthuse palace. Renowned artists such as Hendrik and Gustaaf Pickery carried out the interior decoration, the stained-glass windows and the ironwork. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGGE THE HISTORIC…

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Day 12 BRUGGE THE HISTORIC… Pieter de Coninck together with Jan Breydel, stood at the base of the popular uprising that led to the Battle of the Gold Spurs on 11th of July 1302, a day that now is the National day of Flanders. They have their statue on the market of Bruges since 1887. Behind them the beautiful row of typical old gables. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGGE THE CATHOLIC…

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Day 12 We wander back to the Burg, the square next to the market, where all the beautiful buildings are also illuminated in a most attractive way. Brugge has over 20 churches, this is one of them, the famous Basilica of the Holy Blood. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGGE THE MYSTERIOUS...

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Day 12 BRUGGE THE MYSTERIOUS... Blinde Ezelstraat, Blind donkey street at night. A very short and narrow street, in the heart of historic Bruges, between Town Hall and the Civil Registry, it takes you from the Burg to the Fish Market. In a document of 1490 there was an inn named 'The Blind Donkey'. This was like a scene from a movie, a film noir, a book cover for a thriller? I remember the emotion when I took this shot and the sounds and the silence.... A book cover? Have a lovely day, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on my web pages: magdaindigo.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGGE THE SURPRISING…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 12 The Fishmarket (Vismarkt) of Bruges is also a special place. Yes, it is a market square, built in the beginning of the 19th century, they still do sell fish there on one corner in the mornings from Tuesday till Saturday. But for several years artists, craftsmen and different market people sell their or others’ creations here as well. It is a kind of a market community, organism living its own life, you can feel it pulsate, if you go there. In 1821 came the covered place of sale, to the design of city architect Jan-Robert Calloigne . The result is a portico with Tuscan columns 126 enclosing a rectangular open courtyard. In 1852, the original wooden tables sales were replaced by banks selling bricks. These are still present. Around the square you find fish shops and inns. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGGE THE ICONIC…

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Day 12 BRUGGE THE ICONIC… The famous view from the Rozenhoedkaai. Our hotel on the left, our room with view on the canal. After our meal we took a last stroll on the now deserted streets, beautifully lit buildings, and a magic silence... all very romantic and well, a little nostalgic. All the best, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGGE THE MAGIC…

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Day 12 Night view of Dijver/Dyver and the Church of our Lady. Dijver is part of the course of the original river Reie. The name goes back to the Celtic period and stems from the Indo-European deiwo god or divine. It is a toponym that just as "Reie" (Rogia) means "holy water." Dijver formed the northern boundary of an island overgrown with oak trees , the Celts sacred trees. Traditionally, it is a place of meeting, and the island was a place of worship. This cult site was about 1050 Christianized became the hermit Everelmus and formed the basis of the later Eekhout Abbey. From at least 1127 made ​​the Dijver part of the first city walls of Bruges. After that, we end the day and go for a rest, looking forward to tomorrow! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGES S’EVEILLE…

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Day 13 Il est six heures, Bruges s’éveille… (It is 6 o’clock, Bruges awakens..) My body clock wakes me up, the light comes through the curtains… I jump out of bed and grab my camera, which of course wakes Paul, he doesn’t mind. We are enchanted by the new day’s light, we don’t say anything, we do not want to disturb the beautiful silence, it is magic. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Brugge, IT’S A NEW DAY…

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Day 13 After our breakfast, we pack. and then one last shot from one of the windows, it is already getting busier, the boats back on the canals, a new day. The weather looks high, the sky one big soft box, looking forward to the day, lots to see, lots to show our American friend. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GRAND ENTRANCE to GRUUTHUSE

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Day 13 GRAND ENTRANCE to GRUUTHUSE Presumably in the 13th century, a rich family from Bruges received the monopoly to levy taxes on gruit. Great (alternately grut or gruyt) is an old-fashioned herb mixture used for bittering and flavouring beer, popular before the extensive use of hops. They built a storage for it. The building was changed in the early fifteenth century by Jan IV van der Aa to a luxury house for his family, which subsequently changes its name to "Van Gruuthuse" ("From the Gruit house"). His son Louis de Gruuthuse adds a second wing to the house, and in 1472 a chapel. This connects the house to the adjacent Church of Our Lady, Bruges.[1] In 1596, the house is bought by king Philip II of Spain and in 1623 given to Wenceslas Cobergher to house the Bruges mount of piety. The city of Bruges bought the house in 1875, and architect Louis Delacenserie completely restored it between 1883 and 1895. The exterior is partly original, partly a reconstruction; the interior is mostly a late 19th century Neogothical reconstruction of a medieval interior. Currently, it is closed for major restoration work. The reopening is planned early 2018. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

Brugge, St BONIFACIUS HOUSE

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Day 13 Must be the MOST photographed house(s) in Brugge. Situated next to the St Bonifacius bridge, this is the absolute Medieval Bruges! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SWEET BRUGGE…

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Day 13 SWEET BRUGGE… On the right hand side of the Church of our Lady, on the way to the St John’s Hospital(now a museum) and the Beguinage, you will find one of the many ‘sweet shops’. Brugge is renowned for its sugary side? Chocolate galore, sometimes even rude sweets, no, not shown here, LOL. I could not resist this, I had to be, again, patient, people constantly at the window, The reflection in the window is of course from the church. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved sweets, window, shop,reflection,Brugge, Belgium, Flanders, vertical,colour, Nikon D7000, magda indigo

UN AMOUR de SWANN…

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Day 13 Why this title? Because this was a tiny feather of one of the many swans of Brugge. It must have flown up from the water beneath, to be trapped in one of the young, budding branches. Un amour de Swann is the second part of the novel; Du côté de chez Swann, the first being À la recherche du temps perdu, by Marcel Proust. Or, it also reminded me of this poem from my youth: Mijn harte, ’lijk het wuivig pluis der lichte vachten, op de ure dat moede avond neigt naar bleeken nachte, dat de aarde trage golft van schapen, en ’t gedein der kudde en van een herder-fluite zoete zijn; — aan elke doornen-haag een wuivig pluis gebleven, en ... — God: ziehier mijn hart, ziehier dit moede leven, gerafeld te Uwen wille als een geplukte vacht; — maar laat me voelen, dat een warme stal me wacht ... My heart, like the waving wool of the pale fleeces, at the hour when weary evening leans to pallid night, when the earth heaves sluggishly with sheep, and the rippling of the flock and of a shepherd’s pipe are sweet; — a waving woolly tuft caught on each thorn-bush, and ... — God: behold my heart, behold this weary life, frayed to your will just like a plucked-out fleece; — but let me feel that a warm byre awaits me ... written by Karel van de Woestijne, a famous Flemish writer and friend of my father. I love details, always looking for them. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SASHUIS Brugge…

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Day 13 Sashuis (Sluice House or Lock House) (1519), taken from the entrance bridge to The Ten Wijngaarde Beguinage. The Minnewater is the place where the River Reie entered the city. The flow of the Reie was notoriously variable. If rainfall was heavy, the water level rose rapidly, so that the lower lying land on both sides of its banks was soon flooded. As the city graduallyexpanded, it became necessary to build on this low-lying land. This meant that the temperamental Reie needed to be controlled. For this reason, a series of locks and weirs were constructed during the 13th century. This led to the creation of the Minnewater, as a water catchment area and reservoir. The pumping station, which also served as the lock keeper’s house, dates from the 16th century and was restored during the 19th century. The mechanism for operating the lock has not been used for a few decades. A beautiful and so typical house. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE BEGUINAGE…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 13 BEGUINAGE… BRUGGE REVISITED... A wonderful time in my city of birth. The 'Beguinage' or Begijnhof in Spring dress. The Beguinage'De Wijngaard' (= the Vineyard). It is one of those typical areas in Bruges where one can find more peace and quiet than in the sometimes busy and overcrowded streets of the town center. The Beguinage is a group of houses around a lovely garden covered with large poplar trees. It was here that during the last seven centuries lived the beguines of Bruges. In 1937 the beguinage became a monastery for the Benedictine sisters,only very few live here now. The Beguinage of Bruges was founded in 1245 by the Countess of Flanders, Margaretha of Constantinople, daughter of Count Baldwin who conquered Constantinopel (now Istambul) during the crusades. In 1299, Philip the beautiful of France, placed the Beguinage under his own rule, thereby withdrawing it from the influence of the town magistrate. Visitors enter the place via a bridge over the canal. The entrance gate bears the date 1776. A lot of houses, however, are much older than that. Most date from the 17th and 18th century. Some houses were built in the 19th century in neo-gothic style. In the southern part is a little dead end street where still some houses of the 15th-16th century can be found. The largest and most impressive house is situated in the left corner behind the garden. It was here that the 'grootjuffrouw', or 'grand-dame' lived. It was she who ruled over the beguinage. The original church of the 13th century was destroyed by a fire in 1584. It was rebuild in 1609 and later again renovated in late baroque style. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE BEGUINAGE HOUSES…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 13 The 'Beguinage' or Begijnhof in Spring dress. The Beguinage'De Wijngaard' (= the Vineyard). It is one of those typical areas in Bruges where one can find more peace and quiet than in the sometimes busy and overcrowded streets of the town center. The Beguinage is a group of houses around a lovely garden covered with large poplar trees. It was here that during the last seven centuries lived the beguines of Bruges. In 1937 the beguinage became a monastery for the Benedictine sisters,only very few live here now. The Beguinage of Bruges was founded in 1245 by the Countess of Flanders, Margaretha of Constantinople, daughter of Count Baldwin who conquered Constantinopel (now Istambul) during the crusades. In 1299, Philip the beautiful of France, placed the Beguinage under his own rule, thereby withdrawing it from the influence of the town magistrate. Visitors enter the place via a bridge over the canal. The entrance gate bears the date 1776. A lot of houses, however, are much older than that. Most date from the 17th and 18th century. Some houses were built in the 19th century in neo-gothic style. In the southern part is a little dead end street where still some houses of the 15th-16th century can be found. The largest and most impressive house is situated in the left corner behind the garden. It was here that the 'grootjuffrouw', or 'grand-dame' lived. It was she who ruled over the beguinage. The original church of the 13th century was destroyed by a fire in 1584. It was rebuild in 1609 and later again renovated in late baroque style. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SERENITY...

A Benedictine nun, on her way to the St Elizabeth church in the beguinage, where she lives. This photo is 25 years 'old'... captured with my (beloved) Nikon F4, on Fuji Pro film iso, 400, a real grab-shot. We had been there quite some time when she suddenly appeared, walking swiftly, I sensed it, turned around, camera up, focus, click... I didn't think I had it, but I did! There are very few of them left now, I hear. I like the look of serenity on her face. Almost all photo's have a story behind them. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MINNEWATER Brugge…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 13 The Minnewater, from superstition to romance The Minnewater is one of the best-known and most frequently visited places in Bruges. The oldest existing photograph of Bruges dates from 1845 and depicts a scene on the Minnewater. There are different opinions about the origins of the name. Most people now agree that the name derives from the Middle Dutch word ‘minne’, which means ‘water spirit’. During the Middle Ages, superstitious people believed that an evil water spirit lived under the bridge at this spot. But ‘minne’ also means love, an interpretation that led to the more romantic French translation of the name as ‘Lac d’Amour’. The Minnewater is the place where the River Reie entered the city. The flow of the Reie was notoriously variable. If rainfall was heavy, the water level rose rapidly, so that the lower lying land on both sides of its banks was soon flooded. As the city gradually expanded, it became necessary to build on this low-lying land. This meant that the temperamental Reie needed to be controlled. For this reason, a series of locks and weirs were constructed during the 13th century. This led to the creation of the Minnewater, as a water catchment area and reservoir. There is a Lockhouse above the locks, I sit with my back against it, I have always loved the view from there. The beautiful reflection in the water is of the striking building on the eastern shore of the Lake of Love, the castle de la Faille . This neo-Gothic castle was built in 1893. The first wooden Minnewater bridge was built during the 14th century. It was replaced during the 18th century with the current arched bridge in stone. The sturdy rampart tower dates from the end of the 14th –beginning of the 15th century, and once served as the city’s gunpowder storage depot. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRUGGE, REFLECTIONS...

The beautiful reflection in the water is of the striking building on the eastern shore of the Lake of Love, the castle de la Faille . This neo-Gothic castle was built in 1893. It is now a hotel. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

SPRING in BRUGES…

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Day 13 SPRING in BRUGES… These ducks live on the ‘LAKE of LOVE’? Must be a lot of love! This mother duck was shifting her ducklings on, towards the water, for a swimming lesson? A fun smiley moment. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

HISTOIRE de SWAN…

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Day 13 You cannot visit Brugge, and return without a photo with or of a Swan. Why Swans in Brugge? At the end of the 15th century, the oppressed people of Bruges rose in revolt against the unpopular Emperor Maximilian of Austria. They captured Maximilian and imprisoned him in the Craenenburg House on the Market Square, together with his equally unpopular adviser, Pieter Lanckhals. Lanckhals was condemned to death and Maximilian was forced to watch the execution. The Emperor eventually escaped and later took his revenge: he decreed that ‘until the end of time’ the city should be required at its own expense to keep swans on all its lakes and canals. And why swans? Because swans have long necks – and the Flemish for ‘long neck’ is ‘lange hals’ – or ‘lanckhals’! And so a city legend was born… Reality? More likely… The first swans in Bruges go back to the Middle Ages. In the early 15th century, Bruges bought the right to keep swans from the Count of Flanders. At that time swans were a symbol of distinction. The killing or stealing swans was forbidden. Swans were first mentioned in the city accounts in 1403. At that time the swans tended to stay on the vests around the city because the canals were the water highways of the city and too busy for the swans. A Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), sleeping with one eye open. The mute swan is commonly associated with romance because of its stark white beauty, graceful swimming and the fact that it mates for life. Yet there are many things most people don’t know about this swan, including that it is not native to North America and it can be one of the most aggressive waterfowl. I chose this strong graphic composition, because I wanted something different. Hope you like it too. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ETERNAL BRUGGE…

Day 13 This is the exact spot where my father used to stand, with his easel, painting this view: the bridge and entrance to the Beguinage. Yes Brugge holds so many memories for me, everywhere I walk, there is someone by my side again. I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

The "Beer Wall" RIDE…

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Day 13 We say good-bye to Brugge for now, with a smile. The Beer Wall is bar containing all 780 Belgian beers. This is outside, to attract attention, and it did! I wish you a day full of beauty and thank you for your visit, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A FLANDERS’ RHYTHM…

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Day 13 A FLANDERS’ RHYTHM… All the sauntering (flemish: slentering) in Brugge was tiring. So we head out to Damme, one of our all-time favourite places. we spent many happy hours there. It is a Zen place. We feel Sonny, our American friend that we have with us for 2 days, HAS to see it. Only a few miles from Brugge, you have the small town of Damme. In the Middle-Ages, this used to be the harbour of Brugge, one of the wealthiest cities in the North. Due to silt the North Sea is now about 25 miles out, but Damme retained it's reputation for good food and beer, wonderful old buildings full of the history of revolutionary Flanders. Centuries later Napoleon saw the importance of the area and ordered a system of canals to be built. Today, whichever road you come from, if you want to get to Damme, you'll drive along those beautiful treelined canals. I walked across one of the bridges, a major junction, in Oostkerke, of those magnificent, unique tree lined canals. Behind me were syphons and sluices. A UNIQUE landscape that just goes on and on and on... The trees give a rhythm to this otherwise flat country. A photographer's paradise! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

VANISHING POINT…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 Another view, same words.. We drive past Damme and follow the Damse Vaart-Zuid. It is, in a good way somewhat intimidating, driving under that canopy of trees. Trees everywhere, majestic Elms and tall Poplars. The flat landscape needed these ‘wind-stoppers’. One of our all-time favourite places. we spent many happy hours there. It is a Zen place. We feel Sonny, our American friend that we have with us for 2 days, HAS to see it. The Damse Vaart was dug on command of Napoleon (start in 1810). This is why it is sometimes also referred to as the Napoleoncanal. The digging was done by Spanish prisoners of war, "descendants" of the soldiers that ruled in the Netherlands not so long before. This channel was intended to be a part of a network of canals alongside the coast. This would enable the French army to move around much faster and to transport supplies much more rapidly since the French marine was not match for the English navy. The "Damse Vaart" was supposed to connect Bruges with the Schelde, but that was never accomplished because of the loss of Napoleon in battle. In the middle of the 19th century, the Leopoldcanal and the Schipdonkcanal were dug. They stream next to each other on the territory of Damme and cross the Damse Vaart between Damme and Oostkerke. In order to make the Damse Vaart pass the other two canals, a system of siphons was used where the two canals passed under the Damse Vaart. A UNIQUE landscape that just goes on and on and on... A photographer's paradise! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FLANDERS’ BEAUTY…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 We drive past Damme and follow the Damse Vaart-Zuid. It is, in a good way somewhat intimidating, driving under that canopy of trees. Trees everywhere, majestic Elms and tall Poplars. The flat landscape needed these ‘wind-stoppers’. One of our all-time favourite places. we spent many happy hours there. It is a Zen place. We feel Sonny, our American friend that we have with us for 2 days, HAS to see it. The Damse Vaart was dug on command of Napoleon (start in 1810).  This is why it is sometimes also referred to as the Napoleonchannel.  The digging was done by Spanish prisoners of war, "descendants" of the soldiers that ruled in the Netherlands not so long before.  This channel was intended to be a part of a network of canals alongside the coast.  This would enable the French army to move around much faster and to transport supplies much more rapidly since the French marine was not match for the English navy.  The "Damse Vaart" was supposed to connect Bruges with the Schelde, but that was never accomplished because of the loss of Napoleon in battle. In the middle of the 19th century, the Leopoldcanal and the Schipdonkcanal were dug.  They stream next to each other on the territory of Damme and cross the Damse Vaart between Damme and Oostkerke.  In order to make the Damse Vaart pass the other two canals, a system of siphons was used where the two canals passed under the Damse Vaart.  A UNIQUE landscape that just goes on and on and on... A photographer's paradise! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TOWN HALL DAMME…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 13 Many a photo further, we drive into Damme, sit on a terrace and have a last drink before we will have to say good-bye to Sonny. The Town Hall Damme is an example of Brabant Gothic . When Damme was still a port and the Zwin, before it silted up, the ground floor of the town hall was used as a goods warehouse. Governance, administration and justice happened upstairs. In the tower a carillon is installed with 39 bells, including two from the 14th century . Remarkable are also the town clock from 1459 and a sundial . Against the facade of the town hall are six statues of the counts of Flanders ( Philip of Alsace , Johanna and Margarethe of Constantinople (who has in hand a model of the St. John's Hospital), Philip of Chieti and Charles the Bold , which to Margaret of York , his fiancee, offering the wedding ring (this marriage was indeed celebrated in Damme in 1468), these sculptures are by Gustavus Pickery . Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A BRUGGE SKYLINE…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 On the road from Damme back to Brugge, I know that there is one split moment, a slight curve, that you can see the three main towers of Brugge. There is NO way to park the car, so, it is drive-by. I tried for years, in vain, lol, and here again, but this time: I GOT IT!!! Left to right, Church of our Lady, the Belfry and St Salvators. Yes photography is often a game of persistence! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A FLANDERS’ EVENING…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 This is a photo to stop and stare. Soothing, and Zen… After dropping off our American friend in Brugge, we head back to Ostend, along the small winding roads. We stop between Meetkerke and Houtave, where small canals often seam off the fields, the land is flat, the water important. Waving reeds all along and of course teeming with waterfowl, you stand there, the wind always singing a silent song in your ears, when suddenly a flapping and spattering on the water of some bird breaks the silence. Aah, one last flight, one more image, aah, my Flanders… Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

PEACE at SEA…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 ‘When the sea was calm, all boats alike; showed mastership in floating’ from ‘The Tragedy of Coriolanus’ by William Shakespeare. Once again, we needed the sea. Decided to go to a favourite place in Ostend, just past the lighthouse. A place of great changes in the last couple of years. The low sun paints everything a warm hue, which seems to make the colour of the sea cooler, blue, unusual for the North Sea. I enjoy the moment intensely, feel clean and refreshed once more. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A FIERY KISS TO THE NIGHT

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 “A sunset is the sun’s fiery kiss to the night.” ― Crystal Woods, Write like no one is reading 3 I look into the sunset, the sky golden, the light warm, coppery edges on dune-grasses… Such a great moment of peace and tranquility… Just what we needed now. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

OF SUNSET-CHASERS…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 I stand in golden silence, absorbing it, I so needed this now. As the sun lowers, there is suddenly more activity. People hurrying on foot on bicycles, all come to watch the beautiful sunset. This is the ‘other’ side of Ostend, the East side, She was sunk as a blockship at Ostend during the Second Ostend Raid on 10 May 1918. The wreck was raised on 16 August 1920 and subsequently broken up. The bow section has been preserved in Ostend harbour serving as a memorial, which can be seen here. In 2008, an ambitious project was launched to improve access to the port and for coastal protection. The objectives are: to make the port of Ostend accessible for ships up to 200m and Ostend protect against a thousand-year storm. The old eastern pier was demolished and replaced by a new Oostdam. At the end of the eastern breakwater stands the new radar tower. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A MOMENT in TIME…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 I love the peace of solitude, the deafening silence, when the only ‘disturbance ‘ is the sound of the shutter. I was just standing, enjoying the quick change of light, the great beauty and then… I saw this, a MUST take image, so in harmony with my soul. Sometimes, it is ’just’ THERE. All you have to , take a deep breath, look through the viewer and make nice composition... click! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DRAMA in the SKY…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 Each time I turn, the light changes, everything around me painted gold now. How can you ever tire of a sunset? Such glorious moments? It never ceases to affect me. Ooh how it soothes the soul and brings inner peace. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

TAKE ME HOME…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 TALL NELL’S HEAD. The lighthouse of Ostend, from afar, when, in the night, you see three white flashes. you know you are close to home! Whether from sea or land. The lighthouse tower was opened in 1948. It is 65 metres in height and visible from 27 nautical miles (50 km) away. Gets its name for the obvious reason, it is tall! In Flemish: Lange Nelle. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

WARM HUE on the DUNES…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 Like I said, any which way I turn, the light is warm on the land but not on the sea, which lies there, looking icy cold blue. A great contrast. The Nor'wester has the grasses bended forever. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

AFTERGLOW…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 13 I stand and enjoy… the sky, the last elegant flight of the seagulls against the gold. I only take the one shot. Not everything in life is about photography, it is good to take in scenes and moments, without having to ‘record’ them. Something I see all over, people arrive somewhere, up the phone or camera, and gone… will they look at it at home? As an photo? And forget to look when they are there? Another sign of the times? I am so glad I have my ‘MIND’S’ camera, as a way of connecting fully with the world. I come home with so many more beautiful images than there are in the camera, LOL Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A MONO SEA…

Day 13 And then, suddenly ALL colour gone, not quite dark yet, mostly grey except a small, solitary wave, foaming white. Time to call it a day, it was a long and tiring one, with lots of photography and beauty! As always, the sea and sky restored my inner peace again. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FLAT FLANDERS FARM…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 14 So, we’re on the road again, on our way to spend a great dat with friends. It will be a happy reunion. The road is behind the coast and dunes. We pass quite a few farms and typically, in this flat land, they are surrounded by tall sweeping trees, to protect from the eternal wind. This looks like a more modern farm built within. but still, a familiar sight. It is Spring, the land lies ready. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved farm, landscape, colour, trees, land, grass,Flanders, Belgium, horizontal, Nikon D7000, magda indigo

WILLEM in NIRVANA…

Day 14 Nirvana is a place of perfect peace and happiness, like heaven. And that is where he goes as soon as he picks up one of his many instruments. Always beautiful moments. Yes with some people it is absolutely ZEN. And such moments are pure magic. I wrote a blog on the importance of hands, HERE: http://magdaindigo.blogspot.co.uk/2009/01/importance-of-hands-in-portrait.html THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LA PLAGE… Bray-Dunes

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 14 We end up in France, where we have a meal and then enjoy a walk along the promenade… View towards Belgium. April and the beach is warm already. It is not the holidays, so only the few are enjoying this beautiful stretch of sand and sea. THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

VIEW SOUTH… Bray-Dunes

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 14 VIEW SOUTH… Bray-Dunes After our meal in the North of France, just across the border, we enjoy a walk along the promenade… April and the beach is warm already. It is not the holidays, so only the few are enjoying this beautiful stretch of sand and sea. This is the view South, towards Gravelines, Dunkirk and Calais. The industrial parts, in a bit of a haze. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A SILENT MOMENT…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 14 Willem is always treating us either with a story, a new written piece, new paintings/drawings or music, always music, on different instruments. What a talent! A real pleasure. Golden moments. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A DELICACY for SUNDAY…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 14 Switzerland is a country known for, among other things, cheese and engineering. So here we have, the Girolle, which is the unique cutter and Tête de Moine. , which is the cheese that goes with it. Near the town of Bellelay in the lush mountains of Switzerland’s Jura region, Tête de Moine cheese was invented over 800 years ago by the monks of the Bellelay Abbey. Eventually, the monks began to teach the local farmers how to make the cheese, which was at first simply known as Bellelay. After the French Revolution, the name of the cheese was changed to Tête de Moine. There are two competing theories as to the origin of this name. According to one story, the monks charged the farmers what we would today call a license fee: in return for permission to make the monks’ special cheese, the farmers had to give the abbey one cheese each year per monk; hence, “Monk’s Head.” A more colourful theory—and what I had always assumed to be the case—was that the cheese was called “Monk’s Head” because that’s what it looks like. The traditional monastic haircut, called a tonsure, is a shaved crown (leaving a ring of hair around the outside). According to tradition, this cheese must never be cut or sliced. Instead, you must first slice off the top rind of a whole cheese, then for each serving, scrape a thin layer from the top of the round, working at an angle so as to make the edges crinkle. This forms the cheese shaving into a small flower shape called a rosette. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

VIEUX JEUX...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 14 Old games. Still fun! An example of centrifugal force. In Bauernroulette, a spinning top is spun in the middle of a wooden circular playing surface that contains 6 wooden balls, here metal. The balls bounce off the top in random directions, and sometimes land within one of several hollow indentations within the surface. Typically, the most points are scored by landing balls within these outer chambers. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

VIEUX JEUX 2...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 14 Always looking for the unusual! Old games. Still fun! An example of centrifugal force. In Bauernroulette, a spinning top is spun in the middle of a wooden circular playing surface that contains 6 wooden balls, here metal. The balls bounce off the top in random directions, and sometimes land within one of several hollow indentations within the surface. Typically, the most points are scored by landing balls within these outer chambers. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ANGELUS...

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 14 Another little discovery. The Angelus is usually accompanied by the ringing of the Angelus bell, which is a call to prayer and to spread good-will to everyone, three times a day: 6:00 am, noon, and 6:00 pm The Angelus (L’Angelus) is an oil painting by French painter Jean-François Millet, completed in 1859. The painting depicts two peasants bowing in a field over a basket of potatoes to say a prayer, the Angelus, that together with the ringing of the bell from the church on the horizon marks the end of a day’s work. So I rather suspect that this is reflected in this wooden sculpture Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

MONEYPENNY…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 
Day 14 We have our traditional walk around the garden. It is Spring and everything looks fresh, lots of bright colours. In my usual ’style’… I isolate a few. Lunaria annua, called honesty or annual honesty in English. The Latin name lunaria means "moon-shaped" and refers to the shape and appearance of the seedpods. The common name "honesty" arose in the 16th century, and may also relate to the translucence of the seedpods. In South East Asia, it is called the "money plant" and in the United States it is commonly known as "silver dollars", "Chinese money", or "Chinese coins" because its seedpods have the appearance of silvery coins. For the same reason, in French it is known as monnaie du pape ("the Pope's money"). In Denmark it is known as judaspenge and in Dutch-speaking countries as judaspenning (coins of Judas), an allusion to the story of Judas Iscariot and the thirty pieces of silver he was paid for betraying Christ. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

GERANIUM, CRANESBILL…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 14 My friend and I love a walk around her garden. It is Spring and everything looks fresh, lots of bright colours. In my usual ’style’… I isolate a few. This was a new one one me, did not know it in this colour! So I looked it up, it is Geranium phaeum ‘Lily Lovell’, a striking form of this cranesbill. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

OSTEND in the rain…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 15 Ostend in the rain… I don’t know about you, but when I plan/book a holiday…. I always see it SUNNY, yes, lovely weather? Nature often decides differently… we had a fair amount of rain on our travels, I don’t mind, every type of weather creates another type of mood, and I like that. And of course when you travel in April, you are bound to have a few showers eh? We are in Ostend, our last full day, we are taking it easy, revisit some of our favourite places, here the once much visited pier, a bit lost now since the construction of the two embracing ‘arms’ , the dams.
On the other side you see how the old eastern pier was demolished, except for a small section, and replaced by a new Oostdam. The old radar tower also remains. The old west pier was preserved and a westdam joined. I often wonder, is fishing better in the rain? LOL, you see it so often! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LA PLAGE DESERTE…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 15 The rain erased almost all the footsteps on the ’new’ beach in front of the promenade in Ostend. I remember the ‘before’, when you could watch the tide come in and out, the high-water spilling over the dyke much to the amusement of the onlookers… again: memories. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

REFLECTION of OLD OSTEND…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 15 In earlier times, Ostend was a small village built on the east-end (oost-einde) of an island (originally called Testerep) between the North Sea and a beach lake. Although small, the village rose to the status of "town" around 1265 when the inhabitants were allowed to hold a market and to build a market hall. Very important for the image of the town was the attention it started to receive from the Belgian kings Leopold I and Leopold II. Both liked to spend their holidays in Ostend. Important monuments and villas were built to please the Royal Family, including the Hippodrome Wellington horse racing track which is ‘reflected’ here ,and the Royal Galleries. The rest of aristocratic Belgium followed and soon Ostend became known as "The Queen of the Belgian sea-side resorts". And they had beautiful houses! This is the city that I grew up in, it has changed, and sadly, for my personal opinion, not for the better… Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FROM THE WEST… OSTEND PLAGE

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 15 Our last free day and we take photographs in Ostend, in between the showers. This is the view of Ostend from the ‘other’ side. We stand at the Surf-Club. It is frequently windy, good weather for watersports often! In the distance the casino-Kursaal. Then the apparments with below the restaurants, shops and all things that please on a day out on the coast. Then comes the ‘Royal’ part, the villa that once belongs to the kings, and the beautiful Royal Galleries. It is April, the beach is empty… Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

NO MATTER WHAT WEATHER…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 15 It is late afternoon, I turn towards the horizon. The O90 is already at sea. No matter what weather, these people are out, fishing. Mostly for North Sea shrimp, also sole and plaice. It is a typical vessel, with outrigging booms. Outrigger trawlers with a forward superstructure and aft working deck are widely used to target shrimp. They fish fairly close to the coast. He’ll be out all night, the shrimp cooked at sea and fresh tomorrow morning for our delight! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

NO WIND TODAY???

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 15 Land sailing, also known as 'sand yachting' or 'land yachting', is the act of moving across land in a wheeled vehicle powered by wind through the use of a sail. Historically, land sailing was used as a mode of transportation or recreation. Vehicles used in sailing are known as sail wagons, sand yachts, or land yachts. The precursor to the modern land yacht was invented in the summer of the year 1600 by the Flemish scientist Simon Stevin in Flanders as a commission for Prince Maurice of Orange. for entertaining his guests. In 1898, the Dumont brothers of De Panne, Belgium, developed a land yacht whose sails were based on contemporary Egyptian sailboats used on the Nile River. Louis Blériot, the French aviation pioneer was instrumental in developing landsailing as a sport. Blériot machines gave their best on the wide and windy beaches at low tide (Calais, Hardelot, La Panne, Quend, Audresselles etc.). The first races were held on the beaches of Belgium and France in 1909. Since the 1950s it has evolved primarily into a racing sport. I love everything about this image, the tracks in the sand, the mood.. Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BRACING the weather in STYLE…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 15 The Royal Galleries of Ostend (Dutch: Koninklijke Gaanderijen) are a seaside neoclassical arcade on a dike on the beach of Ostend, Belgium. They extend from the royal villa in the east to the Hippodrome Wellington horse racing track in the west. The galleries are over 380 metres (1,250 ft) long, with a large pavilion at each end. The luxury Thermae Palace Hotel sits atop the central section. The Royal Galleries were constructed between 1902 and 1906 following the plans of architect Charles Girault on the orders of King Leopold II of Belgium. They allowed the king and his guests to pass from the royal villa on the beach to the racetrack without being inconvenienced by rain or wind. The galleries contain a great number of paired Tuscan order columns, with each pair sharing a bluestone pedestal, and each column has a simple torus at its base. I have always found this awesome! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

ON THE FERRY HOME…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 16 Our last day… some shopping for Belgian delicacies and we set off, from Ostend to Dunkirk, where we take the evening Ferry to Dover. A relaxing 2 hours, where we have a meal and then stand on deck, seeing the Continent disappear and the Whitecliffs off Dover ever coming closer. This is in the Port of Dunkirk, another ferry, nice light, promising for some more photography? Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DOVER in the NIGHT…

Tour of Europe 04 2016 Day 16 We have a very pleasant crossing, and safe in the arms of the port of Dover. Now all that is left is the 8hour drive home. through the night. I hope you enjoyed this ‘distilled’ version of our travels. I had over a thousand images, unusual for me to have so many, but then, there was a tremendous amount to see. We are now preparing for our next adventures! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

RED RIDER in Damme…

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_REFLECTIONS_THEME along the beautiful, tree-lined canals around Damme, miles of paths to cycle, walk, just you and nature… A UNIQUE landscape that just goes on and on and on. A photographer's paradise! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and beauty, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not COPY or use any of my images on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved