World peoples places

One step out of the door, and one is traveling...
The world. One world.
One fantastic world this is, and so many different places.

 

 Significant places. Ordinary places.
Places to live, to love.
To share.
world peoples places.
By Ruben Alexander

Nancy

FRANCE – Nancy is a town of about 100,000 in the northern French region of Lorraine. I went there twice with a friend because another friend lives there. Retrospectively posted on 2019-04-09. The 14th century Porte de la Craffe: Like most French towns, Nancy boasts many elegant 19th century buildings with towers on the corners:…

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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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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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