Mural art – Antwerp, Belgium

Every time I visit Antwerp, I discover new things. Whether it’s mural art, a hidden street, great addresses to eat…Antwerp is a city which changes constantly.

When I was younger I didn’t like Antwerp. But now that I’m older and a bit wiser, I’m really fond of this city.

So here is another series about mural art which I discovered in September 2013 while visiting Antwerp with my niece.

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-Last week I also showed you these giant container billboards which I love. They really thought about the concept as Antwerp is know for the harbour and fashion with our well kown fashion academy.-

There is a little street, called Kopstraat (translation: Head street), completely covered with mural art.

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Red Star Line Museum – Antwerp, Belgium

A story about millions of people and one dream…

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“The Red Star Line Museum invites you on an eventful journey in the footsteps of the emigrants. Become acquainted with the passengers and accompany them on their trip from their native village to Antwerp. The ocean steamers of the Red Star Line are docked on the quay ready to depart for the New World. Exciting and personal stories accompany you across the ocean. On the other side of the ocean you say goodbye to your fellow passengers.” – quote from the Museum site.

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– Examples of luggage –
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– One of the passengers –
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– Example of a shower and dressing room. Before embarking everybody needed to take long showers, clothes, luggage, everything was desinfected –
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– A view from the Museum to the river “Schelde” –
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Migration started a long time ago but it is also very actual now. The following pictures give you an impression of migration throughout the years. They were exposed in the museum on screens set up in one big circle. I took the pictures from the screens but the original pictures are not from me. I was allowed by them useum to take pictures.

Enjoy the little tour of happiness, sadness, goodbye, war, lonelyless and brave people…

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Dad

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Today my dad lost his fight against cancer. He was diagnosed with stage 4 brain tumor. My sisters and I got a whole year to say goodbye to him. We are so thankful for this. 21 years ago our mum also died of cancer. We didn’t have time back than to say goodbye. Now we all have two guardian angels who watch over us and our children.

Come home safe dad! We all love you and will miss you.

Your daughters: Karin, Heidi, Kristien, Ulla & Baerbel
xxx

Lonely and dangerous

When I go to work I come across many things. Sometimes one is standing out. I have to look at it whether I want it or not. And this is one of them. It’s just a lonely and abandoned little house that seems to be dangerous as well. If you look closely, you can see the little yellow sign.

It is nothing special, I just noticed it. I also don’t find any information about it. My guess is it has something to do with power supply.

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Summer festivals – Antwerp, Belgium

This was one of the most spectacular things I have ever seen.

“Royal de Luxe” is a French mechanical marionette street theatre company. They were founded in 1979 by Jean-Luc Courcoult. Their home base is in Nantes, France and we were lucky to welcome them in Antwerp in August 2010 with the performance: “The diver, his hand and the little female giant”. They were dropped at different locations in Antwerp. Everybody loved the giant figures, they were big and at the same time so alive as well. People were interested whether they really would find each other at the end of the journey. And luckily for everyone they did.

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