Thursday, January 31, 2008

Vintage Postcards #1

Berlin - Brandenburger Tor -1927

The Brandenburg Gate ... (EN)
by heiko burkhardt
(DE: Brandenburger Tor) ...
... is a former city gate and one of the main symbols of Berlin

Berlin - Gendarmenmarkt
m. Schauspielhaus und Fransösische Kirche - 1927

by kristiaan van ermengem -
The current name is derived from the Regiment Gens d'Armes
who had their stables here from 1736 to 1773.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Sea Mine

vintage sea mine
with logo of the Belgian 'Zeemacht - Force Naval'

Sea Mine (EN)
In 1776, American David Bushnell invented
the first known underwater sea mine

Zeemijnen (NL)
....Zeemijnen zijn veel groter dan landmijnen
en zijn vaak geheel rond van vorm...

Mijnenbestrijding (NL)
from: NavyInside - video 00:31
commercial Koninklijke
Wereldwijd liggen vijf miljoen zeemijnen
in de zeeën en kustgebieden.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Kasteel de Maurissens (NL)
Park UZ Pellenberg

Nature Reserve Koebos (NL)
by natuurpunt Velpe-Mene
Circa 25 ha van een groter geheel
op de grens van Lovenjoel, Pellenberg en Boutersem
in de vallei van de Molenbeek.

Monday, January 28, 2008


the remains of the Grand Pré Cistercian abbey

Grandipratum Abbatia Cisterciensis en 1603

Abbaye de Grandpré (FR) (1231-1794)
L'Abbaye de Grandpré était fille de l'Abbaye de Villers-la-Ville

Friday, January 25, 2008

La Croix de Hesbaye...

(Former) Station of Eghezée
Lijn 142 - Namur-Ramillies-Tienen (NL)
by Paul Kevers
In 1962, the former railway line 142 Namur-Tienen,
built in 1880, is replaced by a bus service

(Former) Station of Ramillies,
now a Supermarket

(Former) Station of Noville-Tavier
Lijn 143 - Noville-Taviers - Ambresin (NL)
by Paul Kevers
Former Railway Line 143

vintage direction-post
Noville Station - Perwez - Aische

(Former) Station of Perwez
Lijn 147 - Landen-Tamines/Auvelais (NL)
by Paul Kevers
Former Railway Line 147 section Gembloux - Ramillies - Landen

The "Hesbaye Cross" or "La Croix de Hesbaye"
is the name of the two old railtracks

which crossed Hesbaye in the past,
from Jodoigne to Namur (line 142)
and from Landen to Tamines (line 147).
These lines crossed each other in Ramillies station.
They are now converted into RAVeL’s.

Walking & Cycling RAVeL
The RAVeL routes are old canal embankments
and abandoned railway tracks resurfaced
(with a smooth material) for the exclusive use
of hikers, cyclists and horse riders.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Tale of Tsar Saltan...

... of his son, the glorious and mighty knight
prince Gvidon Saltanovich, and of the fair Swan-princess ...

... He had listened by their gate
Whither he'd been led by fate ...

... In the dark Sky clouds are shifting,
In the sea a cask is drifting ...

...And the merchants, honoured guests,
Palacewards their footsteps make
With our gallant in their wake.
There, in regal raiments, sate
Tsar Saltan in royal state...

... Pensively Guidon once more
Gazes seaward from the shore.
Suddenly, before his sight
Swam the graceful swan, snow-white...

...Then they all sat down to feast
Where their laughter never ceased...

Progress Publishers 21,
Zubovsky Boulevard, Moscow,

USSR. 1970

The tale of Tsar Saltan
by Aleksandr Pushkin (1799-1837)
Written in 1899

Biography Aleksandr (Sergeyevich) Pushkin
by Petri Liukkonen, Director of The Kuusankoski Library, Finland

Drawings (1904) by Ivan Bilibin (1876-1942)
Stil Modern/Russian Art Nouvean
An illustrated biography of I. Bilibin

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Thomas Bonehill, esq. 1796-1858
Engineer - Constructor

Travelling through Bohemia,
Thomas Bonehill was enchanted by a Mansion

and built an exact copy of the 'Château' in Hourpes

le coron, lieu de vie...
the factory and the old miners' row of houses
got abandoned in 1927,
people still live in the former miners' houses

La Sambre
Station of Hourpes

line 130A (EN-NL-FR)
Charleroi Sud - Erquelinnes
by Belgian Railways
Data & Description

the Nature takes back its rights...

Tremella mesenterica (EN)
by mushroom - Michael Kuo
Nothing is better, slopped over a nice slice of ram's bladder,
garnished with shavings of bat wings, than Tremella mesenterica-
-if you're a witch.

EN: Witch's Butter, Yellow Brain Fungus, golden jelly fungus
NL: gele trilzwam - FR: La trémelle mésentérique
DE: Goldgelber Zitterling

Hourpes (FR) + pics old postcards

Blast furnaces in Hourpes (sur Sambre) - (pic),
near Charleroi + detail
plate 99 of the work
“Industrial Belgium: views of industrial businesses in Belgium”

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Viesville Lock - still in use
Charleroi-Brussels Canal (1950)

Réserve naturelle de Viesville (FR)
by reserveviesville
Cette réserve est formée par les buttes de remblais
du creusement du canal Charleroi-Bruxelles
Plus de 4 km de sentiers permettent de parcourir l'entièreté du site
(durée de la promenade ± 2 h).

Monday, January 21, 2008

Vicinal Tramway Line 89

Vicinal Tramway (EN) - Line 89
Anderlues - Fontaine l'Eveque (Petria
9,2 km - 11 stations
one of the last of Belgium's
once-extensive metre-gauge Vicinal system

les tramways de Charleroi (FR-NL-DE)