Walking by the Scheldt

The Scheldt (or "de Schelde" in Dutch), is the main river in our part of the country. It makes Antwerp a key sea port before spreading wide into a huge estuary. The southern part of this estuary runs close to the Belgian-Dutch border, and features rich nature reserves and astonishing sceneries.

Seeing the ocean vessels pass by, almost in a hand's reach reminds me of the Suez canal.

Wester Scheldt

Wester Scheldt

Wester Scheldt

Wester Scheldt

The strong tides and labyrinth of sand banks not only makes it treacherous to navigate, but offers beautiful landscape.

Wester Scheldt

Wester Scheldt

It was the last walk with the girls and "Mr.H", our pup, before I fly back to Rome this afternoon.

Wester Scheldt

Wester Scheldt

Behind the dikes, the vegetation is green lush, and stretches as far as the eye can reach.

Wester Scheldt

Wester Scheldt

Now, all that is left is to pack my bags, and get on a plane. The two weeks of holidays are over. The horizon is calling again....

3 comments:

Peter (Worldman): 20 April, 2009 04:33  

This and your "Spring in Belgium" remind my of the good years I lived in Belgium. I was 23 years old when I came to your country first. I was impressed by the easy going people, both from "Wallonie" and "Flanderen". I enjoyed going to the "Gemeaux", I loved the cities of Dinant, Liège, Gent and Brugge. I had good friends in Hasselt and a colleague took me to extended visits of Antwerpen.

I ate lobsters at Place Sainte Cathérine in Bruxelles and as they were building the "Metro" I spent days discovering it with the trams that went into the ground. I had a lot of fun, during the day, at night and from January 1 to December 31.

I discovered the hidden beauties of the Ardennes and I went to see Jo Siffert win the 1000 km of Spa-Francorchamps.

I felt at home in Belgium.

Peter 20 April, 2009 06:46  

;-) glad you did! It is always nice to go back home after travelling.

Di Mackey 27 April, 2009 21:36  

This is lovely ... I always visit it in Antwerpen city so never get this kind of view. Nice capture.

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