1 Street Scene - on the left are "Alms Houses" - These houses were built by the rich to house the poor. In return, the poor would pray for the rich.
3 Interesting building
4 Church of Our Lady
5 Canal Scene
6 Window Box
7 Whimsical sculpture
8 Every town should have a Chocolate Corner
9 Horse sculpture at watering trough
10 Canal scene - traveling over the bridge toward the left will bring the walker into a convent, the Beguinage, founded in 1245.
11 Nesting Swan
12 Minnewater Lake
13 Canal view
14 Anyone home?
16 OK, I'll take one of each! They are so light, how many calories can they possibly have?
17 Alms houses and chapel around courtyard
18 Pulpit inside the Church of Our Lady
19 Church of Our Lady - Madonna and Child by Michelangelo
20 One of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
21 Linden Trees
22 Cruising on the canal - Bruges has been referred to as the Venice of the North.
23 Have you seen my contacts?
24 Window boxes along the canal
25 Boating on the canal.
26 Chocolate confectionary
27 Lace and tapestry for sale
29 Former home of a Wool Merchant
30 Wisteria in bloom with matching garage door
31 Another Canal
32 more whimsey
33 naked whimsey
34 Waiting for a boat ride.
35 Gilded Statue
36 Market Square
37 Market Square
38 Well, just one more. These are Euro calories. They don't count in the states.
39 World War I American cemetery at Flanders, Belgium
40 In Flanders Fields the poppies blow = Between the crosses row on row, = That mark our places; and in the sky = The larks, still bravely singing, fly = Scarce heard amid the guns below.
41 House of de Lalaing, textile center
42 House of de Lalaing, textile center. This lady is a college student repairing a very old tapestry.
44 Medieval Town Hall , Oudernaard, Belgium
45 Horses awaiting riders on Market Square
46 Pretty backyard garden
47 Lace curtains
50 We are the dead, Short days ago = We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow = Loved, and were loved, and now we lie = In Flanders Fields
51 Take up our quarrel with the foe; = To you from failing hands we throw = The torch; be yours to hold it high, = If ye break faith with us who die = We shall not sleep, though poppies grow = In Flanders Fields = - John McCrae, 3 May 1915
52 Mules were used to carry amunition
53 Stones to signify, "you are not forgotten".
54 Military cemetary at Ypres.
55 Ypres - Military Cemetery
56 German graves at Ypres
57 Scene near the Ypres cemetary
58 "Menin Gate" - a memorial to the British forces who were killed in World War I and have no known burial places.. "Last Post" has been sounded every night since 1928.
59 These three students laid wreaths at the memorial.
60 Medieval Ghent - The Treaty of Ghent was signed in this city on December 24, 1814. This treaty ended the War of 1812 between the United States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. = The Battle of New Orleans was faught on January 8, 1815, two weeks later. So much for treaties!
61 12th century guild house
62 detail - 12th century guild house
63 Ghent Fortress
64 Old port area with guild houses - Ghent
65 Another view of the port.
66 Making a chocolate mold
68 dancing statues that move in the wind
69 Filling the mold.
70 A tourist tries her hand.
71 the results
72 "Mannekin Pis" was sculpted by Jerome Duquesnoy in 1619. He has been dressed as Elvis, a samurai warrior, in full hockey gear, as Mozart and as a Shriner — to name a few. Many of his costumes were donated by government officials and such celebrities as Elizabeth Taylor. His first costume was donated by King Louis XV of France in 1747.
73 Grand Place - main market square - the Kings House (Brussels)
74 Grand Place - main market square
75 Now, for a visit to the Royal Garden
76 Royal Garden, Brussels.
77 Royal Garden, Brussels.
78 Royal Garden, Brussels.
79 Royal Garden, Brussels.
80 Dome of the Queen's Greenhouse
82 Japanese pagoda on palace grounds
83 Royal Garden, Brussels. - and two royalists.
84 Hydrangea - Royal Garden, Brussels.
85 Azaleas - Royal Garden, Brussels.
86 Azaleas - Royal Garden, Brussels.
87 Azaleas - Royal Garden
88 A quiet corner for tea - Royal Garden, Brussels.
89 Royal Garden, Brussels.
90 "Mannekin Pis" - The unofficial symbol of Brussels. On special occasions the city dresses him in one of over 500 costumes that have been donated over the years. He "pees" beer on the days that his costume is changed. Most the time, however, he is as nature intended him to be.
91 Royal Garden, Brussels.
92 Brussels - La Grand Place is a large square surrounded with former guild buildings
93 La Grand Place - a great place for people watching
94 La Grand Place
95 Enjoying the spring weather
96 Antwerp - The Steen, the oldest building in Antwerp dating back to the 12th century
97 Antwerp - Statue of a giant from a local legend
98 Antwerp, statue of Madonna & child. There was a legal limit as to how many oil lamps could be on the street. The number was usually inadequate, so, the residents would put Madannas on the wall and light them. Lighting a Madanna did not count against the legal limit for lighting.
99 Detail of guild house
100 Antwerp - Grote Markt guild houses
101 Antwerp - Grote Markt, or Main Square from the 16th and 17th centuries
102 Cathedral of Our Lady housing 4 of Rubens' paintings