About the History of Ghent....
Around the year 867, Baldwin Iron Arm, the first Count of Flanders, decided to build a castle at the meeting of the Lieve and Leie rivers in order to thwart the raiding Norsemen. A town soon grew up around the castle, and Baldwin adopted it as the seat of his domain. By the 12th century, the castle had been enlarged and strengthened and the town of Ghent was rapidly growing into a prosperous city. The cloth trade flourished here like nowhere else and within a century Ghent had become an industrial city with a population greater than that of any city in Europe. Such prosperity brought the workers and citizens into conflict with the ruling nobility; and the city experienced frequent clashes between the two for the next several centuries.
By the late 15th century, the cloth trade had begun to wane, though Ghent remained prosperous by shifting its economy to the shipping trade along the Leie and Scheldt rivers. In the latter part of the century, however, the closing of the Scheldt brought commercial decline, not to be reversed until the revival of cloth working during the industrial boom of the 19th century.
(extracted from www.visitbelgium.com)
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asajernigan (21427) 2007-04-09 18:55
This is a great shot with excellent color and lighting. Your composition and POV are great with a nice reflection. The canal leads the eye through the photo very well.
angelsimon (2466) 2007-04-09 18:59
Me encanta esta foto, una buena composición jugando con el reflejo del agua, muy bonito. Además el motivo me llama mucho la atención, me gusta mucho ese tipo de construcciones con sus casitas tan pintorescas.Buen trabajo Cristina. Un saludo desde Avila.
Telo (307) 2007-04-09 20:20
HI. reflections are one of my favourite themes, and the left portion of the composition are really worst the shot.
technicaly, i think that (maybe) lightness is just on the limits, and the right part of the composition distracts me, though i like the boat, there :)
king (2905) 2007-04-10 2:33
Nice pictural with very natural colours, also for the reflections in the water. It's a bit pity that you didn't visit this city with nice weather with a blue clouded sky.
(Also my problem during my stay in Brugge, some weeks ago)
Have a nice after-Easter week,
Huub de K.
bigtim (3518) 2007-04-17 18:08
C'est une jolie reflexion que tu nous presente la avec des couleurs trés naturelle, c'est trés bien fait!