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

The Far East of Belgium

BELGIUM – It is well known that Belgium is divided into two roughly equal parts: Dutch-speaking Flanders in the north and French-speaking Wallonia in the south. But it is less known that a small part in the east of the Walloon province of Liège is German speaking. Part of an area nowadays simply called Ostbelgien,…

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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 4 of 4 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 1 of 4 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

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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By Ruben Alexander

The Green Heart of Holland

THE NETHERLANDS – In the middle of the Randstad, the densely populated area between the four biggest cities of the Netherlands (Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht), lies a region that was intentionally left as empty as it was before the country rapidly urbanised in the second half of the 20th century: Het Groene Hart,…

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By Ruben Alexander

A Rainy Day by the Rhine

THE NETHERLANDS – The Netherlands is a country that was shaped by water. Not only by the sea, which made it possible to trade with far corners of the world, but also by the rivers that connect its neighbours to its ports. Much of the country surrounds the delta of  the Rhine and Meuse, two of the most important rivers in Western Europe. …

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By Ruben Alexander

Four seasons in the Maatpolder

THE NETHERLANDS – One of the country’s many polders, or areas with controlled water levels, the Maatpolder used to be on the coast of the Zuiderzee, a bay of the North Sea. But the Zuiderzee was closed off by the Afsluitdijk in 1932, transforming it into the Ijsselmeer. Part the Ijsselmeer was later drained, and the province of Flevoland arose on new land opposite the Maatpolder,

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