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The river and the city

Antwerp grew in a bend in the river Scheldt. The river created the city and gave it meaning. Over the years, though, the port became too big for the old city and moved up north, closer to the sea, ever further away from the city centre proper.

In time the city turned its back towards the river and the old quayside, once a busy hub of riverside activities, became a open air parking lot for out-of-towners to park their car when they came to the city to shop, dine, go out or whatever.

In time the city turned its back towards the river and only looked inward, towards itself. Most city dwellers forgot about the river. No longer a stream of entry/exit, it became a border of emptiness, the city's backside.

Recently, though, and luckily, the city has begun to rediscover its old river. New parks and walkways have been thought of and built. Especially the latter part was new.

So many city dwellers are getting reacquainted with the Antwerp quayside. In corona times it became a favourite place for locals to hang out, enjoy the sunshine and watch the river flow.

Some returned to friends and family with stories of "a new place" they'd discovered and guess where...in the old town, all along the timeless river Scheldt.

And everything flows, yet again.

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THIS PICTURE was shot on a hot afternoon with strong light somewhere along the river Scheldt in Antwerp, near the old bend in the river where the city once began.

There's a brand new riverside park there. It was roughly halfway on my bike ride through town and I thought it was a really cool place to take a break, with a large can of cool beer I'd just bought in a nearby convenience store, lying down in the grass, thinking about the times and just watching the river flow.

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Additional Photos by Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2830 W: 35 N: 5853] (31046)
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