World peoples places

One step out of the door, and one is traveling... The world. One world. One fantastic world this is, with so many different places. Places to visit, places to talk about. Places to go. Places to remember. Significant places. Ordinary places. Places to share... places we live, places we love... world peoples places.
By Ruben Alexander

Suburban Liège and the Hesbay (1)

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Suburban Liège and the Hesbay

BELGIUM – Situated in the steep-sided valley of the Meuse river, the city of Liège lies at the meeting points of several distinct regions. To the north and west, the craggy landscape surrounding the valley merges with the plateau of the Hesbaye, an empty agricultural region of more gradual hills. The extensive suburbs of Liège…

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By Ruben Alexander

Under the High Viaduct

BELGIUM – I have long found the region of eastern Belgium just south of the Dutch border, and just west of the German border, to be particularly interesting. So close to the Netherlands, yet so different, this empty land of hills and old villages seems like time stood still, and feels strangely mysterious to me….

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By Ruben Alexander

Lisbon

PORTUGAL – The capital of Portugal is a magnificent city. But having visited it after Portugal’s even more spectacular second city, Porto, I found it much more ordinary and less exotic. I would probably have made many more pictures of Lisbon if I had visited it first. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it,…

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By Ruben Alexander

In and Around Enghien

BELGIUM – Twenty five kilometers south-west of Brussels, Enghien is a small town at meeting point of various regions. Situated just on the Walloon (French-speaking) side of the border with (Dutch-speaking) Flanders, Enghien (NL: Edingen) is one of 12 officially bilingual Belgian municipalities outside of Brussels. It is also on the edge of Picardy, which…

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By Ruben Alexander

The Original Spa

BELGIUM – Hidden in the wooded hills of the eastern Ardennes, lies the backdrop for stories by Aghatha Christie, a town where the rich and famous (including kings, queens, tsars and tsarinas) used to meet on their holidays. That town is Spa, the place that gave us the word for all resorts with thermal springs….

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By Ruben Alexander

The Dutch Midwest

THE NETHERLANDS – The Achterhoek, which roughly translates as ‘Back Corner’, is a region in the eastern Netherlands that borders Germany to the south and east. Relatively empty by Dutch standards and mostly known for agriculture, it has a reputation in the rest of the country similar to that of the Midwest in the United…

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