Friday, May 23, 2014

Europe

Built at the turn of the twentieth century, the Valenciennes museum belongs to a generation of Fine Arts museums erected in the Third Republic, with their wide open spaces and monumental proportions to display their prestigious collections to their best advantage. This collection ranges from Gallo-Roman archaeology to the 20th century, with some fine 17th century Flemish paintings and monumental 19th century sculptures. Here is the entrance with a closeup of the two statues framing the stairs.


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Europe

It's a Monet sky reflecting on the water.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014

Europe

Then it was time to leave Tournai and continue our journey south. Here is one last look at the Pont des Trous (13th Century Water Bridge), this time from the other side.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Europe

Both a tree and cathedral reaching for the sky.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Europe

Here are three of the guild flags hanging from the facades around the Grand Place in Tournai.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Europe

Shot on the streets of Tournai - I thought I was back in Hawaii.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Europe

Here are some colorful flags in front of Tournai's Cloth Hall. It is a splendid Renaissance building from 1610-1612 that merchants used to sell cloth goods on the market square.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Europe

Here is a sculpture of a dragon in streets of Tournai. This animal, always deemed awakening symbolizes protection and vigilance.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Europe

"Pont des Trous" bridge - In the 13th century, the prosperity of Tournai led to a fast rising demography and, therefore, the obligation to provide for the safety of all. In 1281, the great communal outer wall touched the left bank of the Scheldt overlooked by the Bourdiel tower (on the edge of the water). Tournai's purchase of the Bruille quarter, on the right bank, made it possible to continue with the encircling of the city over more than five kilometers. Opposite its twin, stands the Thieulerie (tilemaking) tower built in 1302. Finally, circa 1329, a curtain spanned the river. The three meters thickness of the great walls, the arrow slits and the narrowness of the doors show its military usefulness. The intelligence of the builders opened up the town side to the air and light. The largest water gate from the period still conserved, the "Pont des Trous" bridge saw a great deal of fighting. Often under threat, often redeveloped. the "Pont des Trous" bridge only just escaped a total destruction in May 1940, with only the central arch being destroyed. From 1946 onwards very important work was started, the towers were raised by 2.4 meters, the arches were taken down and then rebuilt with the one in the center being widened in order to make it easier for barges (like the one we were on) to get through.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Europe

As we were coming into Tournai we passed the colorful Jungle City.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Europe

Here is one of the stately manors that we passed.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Europe

Then it was time to leave Oudenaarde and continue our journey south.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Europe

Now this is a serious door handle.