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Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon in Brussels

This beautiful church was built in the late Gothic style in the 15th century, and the exterior had me mesmerised at the intricacy and detail of the stonework and carvings.

Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon
©2018 Regina Martins
Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon
©2018 Regina Martins

According to legend, a young girl from Antwerp had a vision in which the Virgin Mary told her to steal a statue of herself and take it to this chapel. She managed to do this and arrived in Brussels by boat in 1348. The statue was placed in the chapel and became the patron of the guild of archers which later commissioned the bigger Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon. This church took about a century to build.

Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon
©2018 Regina Martins
Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon
©2018 Regina Martins
Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon
©2018 Regina Martins
Eglise Notre Dame du Sablon
©2018 Regina Martins

Sadly I didn’t go inside the church, that according to pics I’ve seen on the web is beautiful.

Definitely next time…


This post was created in response to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Sculptures, statues, carvings.

 

Cuteness Overload

Nermal is one cute cat. A few years ago our neighbours asked us to look after their 2 kittens. As cat lovers, we immediately said yes and enjoyed looking after 2 cute little furballs.

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A year later our neighbours went away for the Christmas holidays. Even though they had other people looking after the cats, Nermal, in the photo, and his brother came over and spent the day and nights with us. They missed human company.

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After this time, Nermal decided to switch addresses. His brother, Garfield went home when his owners returned, but Nermal decided to stay…this is an open secret between us and our neighbours and we often laugh about it 🙂

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Nermal has lived with us for about 3 or 4 years now. We feed him and look after him and sometimes he goes home to say hello, usually when we are away. But for him, we are his home. When our neighbours go on holiday, we look after Garfield. When we go on holiday they look after Nermal. Both are theirs, officially, but one has decided to live with us.

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Nermal likes to plant himself under the shade of the lemon tree. He’s so gentle and such a sensitive cat, his fur cotton-wool soft.

Isn’t he just so cute?

Entered in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Any Animal.

 

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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