Sunday, July 09, 2006

Fernhout in Turnhout

The last posting suggested being on line always and everywhere in the not-too-distant future, but until then we need to go to MacDonalds for a hotspot (5 euro per hour) or be lucky, like yesterday. Val opened her iBook and received the message: None of your trusted networks could be found, would you like to join the free network Belkin 54?
So here we are, on a canal in Belgium, more or less on line, that is we need to be outside, my PowerBook must be held at shoulder height or sit on the wheelhouse roof.

At the moment my formal holidays are over, and of course I am on board, so I'm 'back' home, but it takes a few days to get the good ship Luxor back to Rotterdam.
At weekends travelling is hardly possible in this part of Belgium, so we make the best of it. Val and the dog came to join me Friday evening and we decided to stay in Turnhout, because we liked the atmosphere of the town and the region. And guess who performed (free) at the Turnhout market square? The Dubliners! We didn't go, too busy visiting our blogging friends and getting a taste of the sangria we bought at the supermarket.

This is our view of the former Anco cereal works, now being redeveloped to become luxurious apartments - in a small provincial town.


Evening view of the old commercial port of Turnhout, now a luxurious marina with super deluxe apartments.


Val, not only an excellent writer, but an able deck hand as well.


Along the Zuid-Willemsvaart canal in north eastern Belgium.
Photos Koos Fernhout

14 comments:

Erik-Jan said...

Take care faring home!!
Erik-Jan.

Mary Beth said...

Hi Koos,

Beautiful pictures - especially the marina! I LOVE the Dubliners. I imagine it must have been packed. Any kind of Celtic music would bring me from far and wide, as that's what I was raised on. :)

James Casey said...

The marina looks lovely with all those lights.

Metalchick said...

Hi Koos,
Nice to hear from you again! The pictures are very lovely!

Renate said...

Wow Koos, nice post and beautiful pics!! I love the picture of the canal at Zuid-Willemsvaart!! The reflection fot hose trees in the canal is beautiful!

Glad to hear you had a great time :)

Too bad it was too crowded to see the Dubliners.. Would've loved to hear them sometime...

R.

gypsy noir said...

welcome home koos we missed you...the pics are brilliant ...you are like a tour guide i feel like ive been there with you...and may i say val is looking very sailor chic on deck..she is fantastic...and so are you...

Dale said...

Ah yes... I KNEW that one was coming!!

elizabeth solaka said...

It is a nice atmosphere.
As usual, beautiful photos.

Barry said...

Very nice pics Koos, as we've come to expect from you.

See you tonight!

jodie said...

Well I'd tell you your pics are lovely but as a dozen others have beaten me to it I shall just tell you that they are average :) I'm sure I could much better if I was half the photographer you are :) Tee hee hee.

Have a safe trip home papa!

Dale said...

More great pics, Koos!

The ones of the setting sun & evening are beautiful...

Between you & Val, I'm not going to need to visit The Netherlands - I will know it through all your lovely photos & guided tours down the canals!

Take care & have a safe trip home.

Love
Dale

Dale said...

I simply love the photo of the sun reflected in the wake...

I can feel it, as I am familiar with the experience, living on a lake & all.

I can smell the water, too...

VallyP said...

Koosje, there's an addition to African Ways that needs your attention! Sweet dreams xx

Koos F said...

Ah it's terrible to have to stop travelling, but it's great to be with you all again - and there is so much to tell and so many images to share with you.

Thanks for the warm and wonderful comments, it is they who converted me from newsgroups to blogging!