Friday, August 7, 2009

Coastal Architecture - Belgium

Todays blog is written on a plane between Paris and Dubai at the end of a 11 day summer break in Belgium. Yes, I'm flying as a passenger, so please no panic.

As most of the time, I did travel with part of my photography gear, my thrusty Nikon D700 camera body, Nikkor 14-24mm 2.8 wide-angle and 24-70mm 2.8 lenses & the Canon G9 Compact camera.

During our stay in the land of beer and chocolate, we visited part of Beaufort 03, an open-air art exhibition consisting of contemporary installations along the 66 km Belgian coastline.

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Personally I found the windsock installation of Daniel Buren, "Le Vent souffle ou il veut" on the beach of De Haan, one of the more interesting ones.

I'm not a big fan of the Architectural potpourri at the Belgian seaside, but managed to get some reasonable shots.

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This Belle Époque house in Westende stands majestically overlooking the North Sea.

Just a few hundred meters further to the West, we found this 1955 lookout on one of the highest dunes in the area, The "Spioenkop".

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Even though the Pavilion dates back to 1902, it was rebuilt twice, after both World Wars (1922 & 1955).

Before heading inland again, we stopped for a drink at the Fort Napoleon, Oostende, one of the last remaining Forts from Napoleonic times (1811-1815). The restoration took five years (1995-2000).

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Beside a museum the Fort offers an excellent restaurant with a beautiful terrace.

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This newly built piece attached to the old fort makes an interesting Architectural combination.

I'll be back with a few more Belgian Architectural blogposts in the coming days...

Happy Shooting,


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