MAS MUSEUM IN ANTWERP

Last weekend we were in Antwerp where we met some Dutch friends, we had planned to walk arround and visit all the nice places in Antwerp but alas, the weather was cool and it rained constantly so it was a perfect day to visit a museum. As many of the museums in Antwerp are being restored or worked on we decided to go to the MAS museum (means museum on the border of a stream) as you all know Antwerp is a world harbor at the border of the river Scheldt. Part of this museum is filled with permanent exhibitions and part of it is filled with temporary exhibitions, it is huge so we couldn’t see all the exhibitions. The permanent exhibitions are about ships and what they brought back to Antwerp from far away countries.

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A VERY OLD MODEL OF A SHIP

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THIS LADY WAS ONCE THE FRONT OF A LARGE SAILING  SHIP

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AND SO WAS THIS GENT

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ALL SORTS OF KNOTS THEY USED FOR BOATS AND SHIPS, YOU COULD LEARN HOW TO MAKE THEM THERE AT THE MUSEUM AND KIDS LOVED IT

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THIS BOAT LAY AT THE BACK OF THE MUSEUM AS THE MUSEUM IS ALMOST SURROUNDED BY A SMALL CITY PORT

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HERE YOU CAN SEE ANOTHER PART OF THAT SMALL HAVEN, MAINLY USED BY PLEASURE BOATS, AND YOU CAN SEE IT WAS A GREY AND WET DAY

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ONE OF THE EXHIBITIONS WAS ABOUT WAR SHIPS IN VIETNAM

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THIS TAG BELONGS TO THE SHIP ABOVE

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A VERY OLD DUTCH PAINTING

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THIS PAINTING IS MADE OF OLD DUTCH TILES FROM DELFT (HOLLAND), THE DELFT TILES ARE ALWAYS IN WHITE AND BLUE AS IS ALL PORCELAIN MADE IN DELFT, SUCH AS COFFEE CUPS AND POTS, TEA CUPS AND POTS, TIMBLES, STATUES……..

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THESE HELMETS WERE WORN BY SAILORMEN WHEN THEY HAD TO DEFEND THEIR SHIP

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AND THESE WERE THEIR WEAPONS, ALL MADE OF IRON AND VERY VERY HEAVY

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JAPANESE DOLL’S

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ISN’T SHE PRETTY ????

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JAPANESE HORSE

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OLD AFRICAN ART

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A SMALL AFRICAN STATUE MADE OF IVORY, YOU CAN SEE A MIRROR IN THE BACK SO YOU CAN SEE IT IS DECORATED  ON ALL SIDES

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DOESN’T HE LOOK SCARY !!!

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A VERY OLD BIKE, CAN YOU IMAGINE PEOPLE RODE ON IT !!!!, BEHIND IS A PAINTING OF ANTWERP AND THE BIG HARBOR

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AN OLD AMERICAN CAR, IT WAS HUGE

I hope I can show you pictures of the city of Antwerp some day, it is an interesting and very old metropolitan city, with lots of very old buildings and numerous restaurants and bars where you can eat and drink well, in Summer many restaurants serve mussels with French fries (who are actually Belgian fries but that is another story…) a delicatessen !!

 

I hope you are all well and enjoying yourselves !

 

 

Three on Trees

Originally posted on Old School Garden:

Big_tree‘Men seldom plant trees till they begin to grow Wise, that is, till they grow Old and find by Experience the Prudence and Necessity of it.’

John Evelyn

‘Trees are the best monuments that a man can erect to his own memory. They speak his praises without flattery, and they are blessings to children yet unborn.’

Lord Orrery to Thomas Carew 15th May 1749

‘Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing ‘Embraceable You’ in spats.’

Woody Allen

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A PEEK IN MY GARDEN

Spring was awesome but as soon as Summer started it all went down hill, yesterday was the worst so far, 13 C° !!!! where as 25 is normal for this time of the year over here, we had LOTS of rain and wind, leafs and even small branches were blown off the three’s !!! Today is a lot better, the temps are back in their twenties and the sun  is shining through the clouds !

Here are a few  recent pictures of my garden.

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PINK GERANIUM, CLEMATIS AND PASSIONFLOWER

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AT THE BACK IS AN ALBIZIA JULIBRIZZIN, IN FRONT YOU CAN SEE MY BUDDLEIA OR BUTTERFLY BUSH

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LACE CAP HYDRANGEA STARTING TO BLOOM BEHIND THE POND

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VERBENA BONARIENSIS, ONE OF MY FAVORITES !

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MY WHITE PASSIONFLOWER WITH WHITE MILLIONBELL’S AND IN FRONT AN AUCUBA JAPONICA

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY  ! Enjoy your garden !

 

 

A WEEKEND IN FRANCE

We went for a weekend to France, to Dunkerque to be exact, it is just past the Belgian border in the North-West of France and by the North sea.

We took the dog with us and that turned out to be quite a handicap as the world is not really dog friendly, you can not visit one museum and in a lot of places you are not welcome with a dog, not even a tiny one. So we did a lot of walking and sightseeing.

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THERE WAS THIS BEAUTIFUL SHIP IN THE HARBOUR

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WE WANTED TO SEE MORE OF IT SO WE WENT CLOSER TO INVESTIGATE IT

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IT TURNED OUT TO BE A HISTORICAL PROTECTED MONUMENT THAT YOU COULD VISIT ON THE INSIDE, ALAS IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE WITH THE DOG BUT WE WERE IMPRESSED WITH HOW IT LOOKED ON THE OUTSIDE

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IT MUST HAVE BEEN QUITE A JOB TO GET IT TO SAIL !!!! LOOK AT ALL THOSE CABLES !!!

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WE THOUGHT IT WAS A REAL GEM, BUILT IN 1901 AND IT WAS CALLED DUTCHESS ANNE AND IT WAS GERMAN BUT NOW IT WAS A MUSEUM

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ANOTHER VIEW ON THE HARBOUR WHERE THERE WERE LOTS OF PLEASURE BOATS FROM ALL OVER EUROPE

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OLD BUT BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS

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I LOVED THIS BLUE DOOR AND THE LOVELY BOXWOOD TOPIARY

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WE TOOK OUR DOG FOR A WALK ON THE BEACH, IT WAS RATHER COLD AND WINDY BUT HE LOVED IT

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YOU CAN SEE THERE WERE NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE VISITING

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ALTHOUGH SOME WERE VERY BRAVE !!!

Thanks for stopping by ! Have fun in your garden or on your holidays !