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

The Real Limburg

BELGIUM – Limburg is the name of two provinces, one in the Netherlands, and the other in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium. Neither has much to do with the historic Duchy of Limburg, which was an independent country from the 10th to 18th centuries. Most of the Duchy of Limburg lay to the south…

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By Ruben Alexander

My First Steel Mill

BELGIUM – Tubize (NL: Tubeke) is a French-speaking municipality just south of the Flemish town of Halle, and less than 20 kilometers south of Brussels. I have been there often with my dad since I was small, not only because of the pleasant countryside that surrounds the town itself, but also because of something that triggered an interest that I still have today.

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By Ruben Alexander

The Port of Antwerp

When I lived in Antwerp for a year, my favorite area to go for bike rides was the port. Spread out along the river Scheldt (NL: Schelde) for about 25 kilometers (mostly on the eastern bank, where these pictures were made), it is the second largest port in Europe (after Rotterdam), and indeed seems to…

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By Ruben Alexander

Brussels – Forest

BELGIUM – While the eastern part of the Brussels borough of Forest (NL: Vorst) is rather elegant and green, the western side, which is just south of Brussels-South station, is more of a patchwork sandwiched between two railway lines. Having the interests I did at the time, I made many more pictures of this part….

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By Ruben Alexander

My Side of Utrecht

THE NETHERLANDS – In this personal, nostalgic post, I hope to give you an impression (rather than an overview) of the eastern part of Utrecht, where I spent most of the first 26 years of my life. Born in a house not far behind the block on the right, this is my ‘home’ roundabout, and…

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By Ruben Alexander

Brussels – Sint-Jans-Molenbeek

BELGIUM – Traditionally a working class area, the Brussels borough of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek (FR: Molenbeek-Saint-Jean) has a bad reputation as a hotbed for poverty, crime and terrorism. Molenbeek (as it is popularly known) used to be predominantly Dutch speaking, as opposed to the richer, predominantly French-speaking neighbourhoods. While French became the lingua franca of Brussels, and…

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By Ruben Alexander

Balkans 2007, Part 5 – Bucharest

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Balkans 2007

ROMANIA – Also known as the Paris of the east, Bucharest could also be called the Pyong Yang of the west, the Rome of the new world, or the Buones Aires of the old world (not that I have ever been to Pyong Yang or Buones Aires). Or it could also just be called Bucharest. It has both the allure of the capital of a (surprisingly new) ancient empire …

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By Ruben Alexander

Balkans 2007, Part 2 – Bosnia

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Balkans 2007

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA – Though I’d like to, it is impossible to write a post about this region without mentioning the 1991-1995 Yugoslav war, the worst war in Europe since 1945. This is only increased by actually remembering seeing our next destination, Mostar, being shot to pieces on TV news only a decade and a half earlier. And indeed, the scars of war seemed much fresher in Bosnia than they did in Croatia.

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By Ruben Alexander

Balkans 2007, Part 1 – The Croatian Coast & How I Got There

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Balkans 2007

CROATIA / ITALY – In this series, I will take you on a trip along a variation of the tourist trail through the Balkans, which I traveled with a friend in the summer of 2007. I didn’t put much effort into photography on this holiday, but have reworked some of the photos so that I can show you my first impression of this very varied and picturesque region, where it is also very easy to meet locals.

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