Category Archives: Ghent

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things People Play With

The splashes of colour come from the clothes of people of all ages playing with the white Legos. At the end of the exhibits at the STAM Ghent City Museum is a huge table piled high with white Legos.

All those white Legos, so inviting, no matter how young you are
©2018 Regina Martins
Strength and aesthetics
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What is it about Lego that is irresistible, and invites us to connect with our inner playful child…?

Interesting structure
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I admit that this was the first time I’ve seen so many white Legos – most unusual.

Piles and piles of white Lego
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I wonder which building this is supposed to be?
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Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge.

 

Sunday Stills: Watery Ghent

Ghent is a veritable Venice of northern Europe with its beautiful canals, waterside residences and boats that trawl the waterways. It’s such a picturesque town that all photos look good.

Yellow hues on the water, it was a watery wintery day where all the colours took on a neutral or monochromatic colour, Ghent
©2018 Regina Martins
Tourist boat trawling the icy canal waters as seen from an arrow slit at Gravensteen Castle, Ghent
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Gravensteen Castle, place of counts and dungeons, Ghent
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Reflections silent and icy in Ghent
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Post prepared for Second Wind, Leisure Perspectives – Sunday Stills: Water.  Click on the link for more entries.

 

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
©2018 Regina Martins

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

Gravensteen Castle
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Gravensteen Castle
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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.

 

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…
©2018 Regina Martins