LIER, BELGIUM: A HERMIT’S LIFE

Saint Gummarus of Lier was a Belgian saint. He was the son of the Lord of Emblem  An official in the court of his relative Pepin the Younger, after a number of years in military service he retired to live the life of a hermit. The town of Lier grew up around his hermitage. (wiki)

The Pepper pot

St Gummarus Tower, known as the “Peperbus” (Pepper pot) to the people of Lier, is 83m high.

Due to a number of catastrophes it took almost four centuries to build. We can see this from the various architectural styles: Gothic at the bottom, the octagon resting on this is late Gothic, the top octagon is late baroque and the tower roof is rococo. https://www.visitlier.be/en/see/points-interest/st-gummarus-tower

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NETE RIVER

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15aug2109. Lier, Belgium.

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DINANT, BELGIUM 🇧🇪: THE COLLÉGIALE NOTRE DAME DE DINANT

I love to experience solitude with historical icons.

I sat alone in The Collégiale Notre Dame de Dinant, a gorgeous 13th-century Gothic cathedral situated on the River Meuse, for a good 20 minutes without another soul around. I was able to meditate upon everything I’m grateful for, one of those things being moments like this, when I’m utterly alone, apart from the entire human race coexisting with some incredible piece of history in some random part of the world…it’s such a beautiful, weightless feeling.

Dinant, Belgium 🇧🇪 3aug19

MONS, BELGIUM: AS A GIRL PONDERS…

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City Centre, Main Square

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An 85m long and 16m high wooden sculpture called “ The Passenger “ occupies the Rue Nimy in the old city centre. The artist Arne Quinze’s 
“The Passenger” symbolises the flow of people and their cultural evolution occupying the Rue de Nimy’s since its origin in the 13th century. Functioning as the main entrance toward the Grand Place of Mons. One of the most important commercial trading center to the province of Hainaut during Middle Ages.

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Maison Losseau: “Inside this house is the finest example of Art Nouveau in Mons and was built under the direction of the lawyer Léon Rousseau. Everything is well though-out, balanced and harmonious. Each room has a flower as its theme. Before the first world war, it was the only house in town with electric lighting and a lift.” 

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Maison de Style “Régence” – “This house in Rue de Nimy is one of the best examples of Regency style in Mons. All the openings, three upstairs windows, a central door and two ground-floor bay windows are decorated with symmetrical and similar shells. The perfect proportions make this house a precious and refined masterpiece of Mons Regency architecture.”

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14jul19 Mons, Belgium

MECHELEN, BELGIUM: CITY ON THE RIVER DIJLE

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The Dyle (Dutch: Dijle) flows through the city, hence it is often referred to as the Dijlestad (“City on the river Dijle“)

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Mechelen City Hall
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Grote Markt

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St. Rumbold’s Cathedral

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13july19. Mechelen, Belgium

Iași , Romania : Lost Lyrics

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Residential building with commercial shop below.
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Cow herder in a field.
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1+1=1 behind bars. Ache77. https://www.instagram.com/ache77stencilartist/
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Lost lyrics: “sunflower fields forever.”

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Built into the wall
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Church in a field. 
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Trolley
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Movie theater

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The Alexandru Ioan Cuza University (Romanian: Universitatea „Alexandru Ioan Cuza”; acronym: UAIC) is a public university. Founded one year after the establishment of the Romanian state, by an 1860 decree of Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza, under whom the former Academia Mihăileană was converted to a university, the University of Iași, as it was named at first, is the oldest university of Romania, and one of its advanced research and education institutions. (wiki)

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View from above

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23/24jun2018. Iași, Romania.

IAŞI , ROMANIA 🇷🇴 GRAFFITI : “JUGGLIN’ MOLOTOVS”

Artist HarceaPacea https://www.instagram.com/harceapacea and the elephant 🐘 featured later in this post…

Artist: ACHE77 https://www.instagram.com/ache77stencilartist and the 1+1=1 and Cat Mai Rezisti pieces featured later in this post…

24jun18 Iaşi , Romania 🇷🇴

Iaşi , Romania 🇷🇴: “Sa primesti ce ai dat”

The Border crossing from Moldova 🇲🇩 .

The road to Iaşi .

Passing through villages on the way…there are still horse drawn carriages serving as practical modes of transportation .

Mănăstirea Trei Ierarhi (Monastery of the Three Hierarchs). Completed in 1639.

Artist : HarceaPacea https://www.instagram.com/harceapacea

sa primesti ce ai dat . Rough translation: “To get what you gave.”

“I also want to be an artist.”

Grand Hôtel Traian. Designed by Gustave Eiffel. 1887.

23/24jun18 . Iaşi , Romania 🇷🇴

Chișinău , Moldova : “Chișinău , You Intoxicate Me”

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Superheroes. Artist unknown. Located in the park behind the American Embassy.
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The word “rhinoceros” comes from the Greek “rhino” (nose) and “ceros” (horn).  Because the animals’ horns are used in folk medicine for their supposed healing properties, rhinos have been hunted nearly to extinction. Artist unknown.
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Trupele de Carabinieri (Carabinier Troops) is the gendarmerie-type force of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Moldova. The Moldovan Carabinieri are to ensure, together with the police or independently, public order, protection of rights and freedoms of citizens, owners’ properties and prevention of violations of the law. The Department of Carabineer Troops has 5 Military Units and some 2,000 soldiers working on a contract basis or on time. On December 12, 1991, the establishment of the Carabinieri Troops was approved by the Parliament and subsequently signed by the President of the Republic of Moldova. (wiki)

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“We are forlorn like children, and experienced like old men, we are crude and sorrowful and superficial—I believe we are lost.”
― Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

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Chișinău , you intoxicate me.
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Abandoned building near the city center.

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And, she did…

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Driving politics 

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“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that SELF may prove to be.” ― May Sarton
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Church in the woods
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Valea Morilor

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Decay is inevitable, but beauty can remain

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jun2018. Chisinau , Moldova

Chișinău , Moldova: The Central Cemetery a.k.a. The Armenian Cemetery

Founded in 1811. It’s the most ‘honored’ cemetery in Chișinău. Many nobles alongside regular citizens. It’s falling to decay, as it’s so massive, but there’s constantly work being done by groundskeepers. Walking through it, I was struck by two things that are not common in American cemeteries: Pictures of the deceased prominently displayed on the tombstones, really ‘putting a face with the corpse’ for me. Which, I never knew I needed. Sounds creepy, but it was kind of wild to see the face of someone who was born and who died before I ever came to be. Just gently putting into perspective that life goes on with or without us. We’re so small in relative terms. Secondly, the tables that were on the grave sites. Some were as long as picnic tables. Others were small little cafe-like tables that were obviously meant for visitors to come and sit. A Ukrainian friend explained that once a year there’s a special day where families come and visit their beloveds’ graves…drink and eat, and share stories of their lives. An effort to keep their spirits alive, I guess. 

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Reminiscent of the Grapes of Wrath

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Who WERE they?! What were they LIKE?!

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An especially elaborate table at a grave site

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What happened?

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16jun18 Chișinău , Moldova