Last Saturday we explored the region West of Mons some more. As said before, this is where Vincent van Gogh worked with the poor.
We were especially impressed by two small towns on both sides of the Belgian/French border, Quievrain and Quievrechain.
The first looks reasonably prosperous, rather well maintained, and is connected to the Belgian railway network. The latter, in France, looks tired and seems to have suffered too much from industrial decline. It makes the impression that the French government has forgotten about this little place so close to the border: No Man's Land.
The state of decay, the feeling of menace, puts Valerie off completely. I, on the other hand, am fascinated by that haunted atmosphere, the camera just won't stand still.
Conclusion: I need to go back there on my own. A satisfying solution for our difference in feeling.
Here a QuickTime slideshow of all this weekend's photos.
Guest of the Week
The ship on the shipyard this week is called Trio. Repairing the bottom is Frits.
Photos Koos Fernhout