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    Posted: 29 January 2015 at 11:17
Show us... 'Island' of Walcheren, prov. of Zeeland, Netherlands

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Former island Walcheren, now peninsula, in the province of Zeeland, is located in the south-west of Holland. 3 municipalities: provincial capital Middelburg, Vlissingen (aka Flushing -w. Flushing, NYC was named after-) and Veere, i.e. 3 -smaller- cities & numerous villages. esp. in summertime flooded with tourists who invade our beaches (and more... )


'postcard' from Flushing...


(a580)

walking beside the sea


nowhere else in Europe -some say world?- ships pass as close to shore as in Vlissingen/Flushing
nowadays these ships are monstrous, which is closely related to the saddening (hi-)story of Doel. (future? 'Antwerp-on-sea' affects us all, a lot!!).



Jonathan (L. Seagull) @ the beach in Vlissingen ... sitting in the morning sun
(Watching the ships roll in And I watch 'em roll away again. wasting time?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Es3Vsfzdr14    )

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Muby Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 January 2015 at 12:20
Great "postcard" and the last one is great too.

Loved the song as well - thanks for sharing that too (though I am sure I didn't get the full message, not beeing a seaman myself).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote darosa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 January 2015 at 12:35
Walcheren is certainly welcome here angora.
Nice shots.

I have plenty of Walcheren and I will add some later.
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TY both, appreciate!! :-)
(song? clou would be 'Watching the ships roll in And I watch 'em roll away again. and tide'-sentences. which seems to be a fav pastime of all who are not used to-? ;-) (when we were still living at the Boulevard, it was almost impossible to have visitors. they were always hanging out of the windows, gazing at ships passing by )

really looking FW to seeing some good pics!!!
I'm afraid I must be the only one 'here' living there, but couldn't imagine I would be the only 1 who could come up with pics?

(not too many here though. I was born at the Boulevard of Flushing, with the beach as our front garden. but don't like to go there anymore. place has been squandered. and sold to real estate developers from all over the country.
once the place was gorgeous, before all was destroyed in WWII. most bombarded city in the Netherlands -88 times-, due to a strategic (geographical) situation. and now it's ugly. who needs 'skyscrapers' at a place like this? )







gate of Fort Rammekens, Ritthem (munic. Vliss.). oldest sea fort in Europe. dates from 1547, make over by Napoleon after 1809

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Originally posted by angora angora wrote:

I was born at the Boulevard of Flushing, with the beach as our front garden. but don't like to go there anymore. place has been squandered. and sold to real estate developers from all over the country


There are worse places to be born.
And I know what you mean, but when the light is right:

Flushing sunset

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wonderful!! love the angle & POV, spectacular sky!!
(must have been a while back, there are 'hanging terraces' now)




mural with portrait of Michiel Adriaansz. de Ruyter (born in Vliss.)
in an attempt to pimp desolate former 'grand hotel' Brittania
on Boulevard Evertsen, Flushing


(a99)



(a580)
the gulls, although polite, seem to be sooooo hungry nowadays (and sooo emanciated! )
'patat' is slang for patates frites / french fries, which appears to be the Dutch 'national dish'?
@ Boulevard de Ruyter, Keizersbolwerk, Flushing
(not acquainted with the -unaware?- man)


 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote braisim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 January 2015 at 14:32
Lovely to see such great pictures of Walcheren. I must say I really love the place. I've spent many happy holidays there with my young children - must go back again soon!

My first one was taken early morning at Veere - such a pretty place:



This one was also taken at Veere:



These last two are taken in Flushing - a summer's day but with some sea-fog rolling in:



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Post Options Post Options   Quote darosa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 January 2015 at 15:21
Thanks angora, yes it's a relatively old shot.
Very nice shots of Vlissinger Michiel. Hero or villain?
And I always say; thank God for gulls. Some people hate them but for photographers it's a great bird!

Braisim: love those windmill shots! Perhaps the children in the last one should be cropped or 'neutralized' (in Photoshop of course!).
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aweee... beau-ti-ful!! a delight to watch!!
(is that the big church in the back on pic 1? Napoleon used to stow away his horses in there )

hero or villain? you tell me??
(unable to wrap my head around the fact that 'our' socalled heroes went about 'claiming' land everywhere and even PEOPLE??)
TG Michiel is presumably not in my DNA, since my parents are from Gouda
(and mother's family originates from Den Helder )

I love gulls!! -as long as they behave in a nice 'veggie' manner-. not because they are all over the place. actually I prefer them over the posh birdies (wouldn't say 'no' though ;-)). they are friendly, funny and often very cooperative (with some wizardry or the bread trick?).
even C., who runs a bird- & wild animal shelter, grew to LOVE gulls!
my mother hated gulls. she said they caused me a paratyphoid infection at a very young age (but I think soap would have been 'a friend' too? ;-))



(a580)

Jonathan L.S. having a bad feather day
stormy weather?

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sunbathing on deck of a dutch pilot boat, Vlissingen



belgian pilot boat coming in
pilot harbour left, to the right for (1 of the) yacht harbour(s)




(fun fun ... it found the beach!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHPIqyJe1RM

and 'this' is hilarious

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbQ3M0VQaKU

-during the time we lived at the Boulevard, we saw many ships beaching. even break and sink- always nice to keep a camera at hand )

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My take of Flushing windmill:



and yes, big ships on the Scheldt (and small ones):



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love it!! (less is more?!!) really nice catch, that 'co co'!
(it is named the Oranjemolen ('Orange mill'), 1st described in 1699. it still grounds grain -on fridays- )



(a99)

last meters of highway A58, heading to Vlissingen
(big thing on the right is the former water tower of Oost-Souburg)





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Originally posted by angora angora wrote:

love it!! (less is more?!!) really nice catch, that 'co co'!


well spotted!

A few from Westkapelle (aka Weskappel or Wasschappel ):

1 Now read this


2 Weskappel nightlife


3 Shooting the sunset
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Post Options Post Options   Quote angora Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 February 2015 at 08:15
(in 't Wasschappels? LOL!! dialect of Weskappel divers a lot from other dialects in Zeeland. too isolated for too long, I guess? although there is no such thing as 'Zeeland dialect'. lots of similarities, but differences even from village to village. in the cities generally more like an accent).
pfff, that was not easy (start of a new -annoying?- 'read this'-thread? ) amazing how you managed to take such wonderful pics there

L.O.T.R.



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