Tour de Flandres

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Or better said. Flanders culture.

Strictly catholic, the smell of manure, admirers of small chapels, and of the ‘Tour de Flandres’ cycling race of course. Soon on your tv station everywhere around the world.  Schorisse, Belgium.

at the left side: a bas-relief of some great bicycle racer, in the center, the Lord Himself, at the right side, the winners of the great ‘Tour de Flandres’ from 1913 to 2010 I suppose the list on the right doesn’t get updated every year. Too expensive probably. To be continued …

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Paris strolling

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I had the chance to finish these summer holidays with a 4 day leisure weekend in Paris, together with my wife.
We normally carry our bikes on this kind of city trip, and this time it was no different. We remembered well from 7 years ago that biking trough Paris was ok, except for the weather (last time we did it it rained four consecutive days).
We had better luck this time, with four sunny days, only a bit of rain one evening.
We had no special plans for this holiday, except seeing Paris not the tourist way, but just enjoying what we get to see, and trying different routes than the Champs-Elysees or visiting the Eiffel tower. So we just rode our bikes trough the city, with no particular plan.

We enjoyed the calm of the Père-Lachaise Cimetary and the charming buzz in the Rue Saint-André des Arts, we went to Bois de Boulogne, came back trough La Défense business centre, had some really nice food just down the hill of Sacré-Cœur, enjoyed seeing the ships go trough the Canal Saint-Martin, the small streets of Le Marais and the marketplace on Boulevard Richard Lenoir.
Enjoy the images, I hope you can feel some of the atmosphere in these places shine trough.

For those interested, all images taken with the Sigma 50 mm 1.4 DG, on my Canon 5D mark II.

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thank you for watching, come again soon.
Ludwig

Paris Highlights II

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Last weekend I was in Paris again, for a short break of one and a half day.
I was there with the family, and we strolled around a lot. my kids got to see the Moulin Rouge, place Pigalle, the Sacré Coeur with place du Tertre, we visited an exhibition at the Institut du Monde Arabe, we saw the Panthéon, the Jardin the Luxembourg, visited the Tour Montparnasse and we walked a lot!

I’m not so much into the classical pictures of monuments and all, but couldn’t resist to include some of them. I love the city atmosphere and the typical details you get to see in Paris.
Imagine a gray overcast sky, chilly but not cold, horns tooting everywhere, and the constant chatter of the Parisians.

I hope you get a feeling of being there, at least a little.

All pictures taken with Canon 5D II and Canon 50mm 1.4. All images can be clicked for a bigger version.

 

Parisians love dogs, apparently. There’s dogs on every quay, in every park.

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The institute of the Arabic World held an exhibition on the stories of 1001 nights. This was a listening area, where one could sit down in almost complete darkness and listen to the spoken versions of the stories. Next is the facade of the building, and a metal sculpture.ludwig_desmet_academie-6739

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Nightlife in front of the Sacré Coeur chirch, and then down towards the place Pigalle. Made me think of the movie ‘Midnight in Paris’.ludwig_desmet_academie-6756

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The banks of the Seine, with the Notre Dame, and next the Panthéon, the Jardin de Luxembourg and the magnificent view from the Tour de Montparnasse. No queue, and I believe it to be cheaper than the Eiffel Tower.ludwig_desmet_academie-6769

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The woman felt my presence. She suddenly looked back at me.ludwig_desmet_academie-6781The ambiance in the restaurants and food almost as good as in Belgium. 😉ludwig_desmet_academie-6804

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