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Boat Friday

 

one of the beautiful view-points in Ghent, Belgium's Venice (especially on a bright, blue day; it was a grey, rainy winterday when I took this pic): "the Graslei and the Koornlei. These are the names of two streets which lie along the banks of the old harbour of Ghent, right in the middle of the city. Graslei means 'street of the herbs and vegetables'. Koornlei stands for 'street of the wheat'. Both names indicate that these specific products where traded or stocked in that area."

 

I'm now away for one week to visit Venice in Italy, one of my beloved towns; I was  there 27 years ago - when my italophile mother showed me the most hidden parts of this unique place.

Boat Friday

 

one of the beautiful view-points in Ghent, Belgium's Venice (especially on a bright, blue day; it was a grey, rainy winterday when I took this pic): "the Graslei and the Koornlei. These are the names of two streets which lie along the banks of the old harbour of Ghent, right in the middle of the city. Graslei means 'street of the herbs and vegetables'. Koornlei stands for 'street of the wheat'. Both names indicate that these specific products where traded or stocked in that area."

 

I'm now away for one week to visit Venice in Italy, one of my beloved towns; I was  there 27 years ago - when my italophile mother showed me the most hidden parts of this unique place.

comments (14)

I love how all the buildings seem to be very different.

Oh enjoy your time in Italy! I wish I could join you!
Philine: Yes, each building is different in the old towns of Belgium and Netherlands. Yes, I know your mother is an Italian signora, my mother was sometimes thought to be Italian, because she looked and spoke fluently like an Italian mama. Many thanks, Elizabeth!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Mar 2015, 04:54
Philine: Yes, Bruges is the Primadonna among the Belgian towns: "Venice of the North".
Heel bedankt, Astrid!
It's when I see an image like this, Philine, that I realize how similar Dutch and Belgian architecture is. This makes me want to go back to Ghent...and to Venice! Enjoy your week. Astrid and I plan for an overnight in the Alkmaar area on Sunday-Monday.
Philine: I wish you both a lovely weekend - Alkmaar is a wonderful old stadje! You are right about the similarity of Dutch and Vlaams architecture. Heel bedankt, Ginnie!
Cette image de Gand est magnifique Philine! C'est une ville que j'aime beaucoup.
Bonne journée.
Philine: J'aime Gand aussi. Merci beaucoup, M. Richard!
Bon Vendredi
This is a wonderful composition of the canal and the ancient buildings around it Philine...
i am sure that you are going to love Venice... Penny and i fell in love with it....petersmile
Philine: It is my third trip to Venice. I fell in love with this town, too. Many thanks, peter!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Mar 2015, 07:20
This is charming Philine.

How sensible of you to go to Venice before the tourist season really gets going. I look forward very much to seeing the fruits of your labours there.
Philine: Yes, I hope that there are not too many tourists. A bit of dolce vita should be, too, not only lavoro. Many thanks, Chris!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Mar 2015, 08:57
The grey is confounded by the injection of some lovely bright colours. I am reading a book set in Venice at the moment "Miss Garnet's Angel" by Salley Vickers. Nice book, great city, have a super time.
Philine: Oh, I'll look for this book - I'm just reading a book by Hanns-Josef Ortheil about "Venice, the great seductress". You might know Venice quite better than me. We are following the traces of Titian and other painters ... Many thanks, Mike!
Seeing that flag Philine, I'm wondering if Ghent might also be one of our outlying colonies. Every Country should have a Venice, our is Birmingham I think.
Philine: Yes, you are right, every country has its Venice, the Spreewald could be our Venice, or Little-Venice in Bamberg. Birmingham is a city I'm very interested in visting one day, the twin town of Leipzig! Many thanks, Chad! Yes, the Britons are present all over - I'll meet them in Venice, too.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Mar 2015, 09:03
A splenddid scene; the architecture immediatly sets the location. I'm pleased to see the Union flag in the foreground. I would have hoped that the motor boat was more to its right to give space for the rowers. Have a wonderful time in Venice; it must be a great experience for you. Avoid the coffee in St. Mark's Square!
Philine: Thank you kindly for your comment, Alan! Oh, I want to drink a coffee or a hot chocolate with a cornetto in Caffé Florian in St. Mark's Square on the last day! My Italian is very rudimentary, but I could speak some French words to order a drink.
Ghent looks a fine place to visit. Have a wonderful time in Venice
Philine: Yes, it is, esp. on a blue summerday. Many thanks, Bill! You surely did enjoy your Thursday with Joseph!
This is a very nice shot with so many tidy white boats and the red boat filled with men doing their morning paddle. The unique buildings are so charming too.

Have a wonderful time in the true Venice and take a photograph of one of those hidden gems.
Philine: Thank you kindly, Mary, for your comment!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Mar 2015, 11:28
Enjoy the visit. Space could be an issue to the rowers here.
Philine: Heel bedankt, Louis! Ja, dit klopt.
A beautiful Boat Friday from Ghent Philine
We've done brief visits to Brussels and Bruges but haven't made it, as yet, to Ghent. Enjoy your visit to Venice.

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