Category Archives: Belgium

G Is For Gravensteen Castle

It now houses the Justice Museum along with its collection of torture equipment and weapons. The Gravensteen Castle in Ghent is spine-chilling. Also known as the Castle of the Counts, it’s a medieval fortress, with restored stonework, complete with an enclosed keep and 24 towers.

Gravensteen Castle
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The torture and weapons exhibit is an experience, complete with sound-effects of screaming people coming from the depths of the castle…the dungeon!

Gravensteen Castle
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The impressive military architecture conveys power and strength which has seen many battles since the times of the Roman occupation.

Gravensteen Castle
©2018 Regina Martins

The torture part of the museum comes complete with a guillotine and an example of torture. Have a look…

Gravensteen Castle
©2018 Regina Martins
Gravensteen Castle
©2018 Regina Martins

For locals, the castle eventually came to symbolise oppression and the abuse of power and it was allowed to decay until it was bought by the government and restored to what it looks like today.

Gravensteen Castle
©2018 Regina Martins

It’s an experience, not for the faint-hearted.

 

B Is For Belgium

One of my childhood friends was from Belgium, and her family moved to South Africa early on. My curiosity about this country was satisfied in January this year when I went to Ghent for a training course. I took a few days to explore Ghent before the course. It was cold and everywhere I went the smell of chocolate pervaded the streets. It was bliss…

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Christmas lights were still up and the markets still active. I left on the day that they started to take all this down.

©2018 Regina Martins

I’m going back in July, for another training course in Geetbets. I’m slowly exploring Belgium, town by town, and I’m loving what I’ve seen. I’ll be spending a few days in Brussels before travelling to Geetbets. I have no clue of how to get there and I’m hoping that it will involve train travel.


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A Is for Antwerpen-Centraal

I transited at Antwerpen-Centraal train station on my way from Amsterdam to Ghent in January. I’d read that it was considered the most beautiful train station in the world, as awarded by Mashable in 2014. Naturally, I was curious and was gobsmacked at its beauty. Unfortunately, I didn’t leave the station to photograph the exterior, but I did walk around a bit and took a few pics.


References:

Wikipedia, Antwerpen-Centraal railway station, accessed April 2, 2018

 

Ghent Street Scenes

I’d rather be taking photos of people going about their business, laughing, loving and living, than taking landscape photos. I’m much better at it.

I enjoyed snapping these pics of people on the streets of Ghent one icy winter evening in January. In spite of the cold, there was so much movement, which I tried to capture, fleeting moments of people just being themselves.

Winter street scene, people rushing home
©2018 Regina Martins
Photographing the photographers, even if they were taking a selfie
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Bicycles, waiting for their owners to take them home…
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